Timing can be a bitch (pun intended). Many new doggy parents will run into an issue when scheduling an appointment to get spayed because a dog in heat cannot go through with the procedure. Most female dog owners will have to deal with their puppy going through heat at least once. Here are our top tips on getting through your dog’s menstrual cycle.
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- Make sure your lady dog is never out in the yard alone
It’s crucial to protect her from male dogs to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. It doesn’t matter whether or not you plan to breed your dog this time. We know it’s tempting to let your dog run about while you watch through the window during the colder months but this tactic won’t work if a male dog appears out of the blue or if your dog is capable of jumping the fence. Please accompany your dog! Depending on how active she is you might even consider using a leash.
- No off-leash walks
No matter how well behaved your dog is do NOT let her walk off-leash for similar reasons to #1.
- Give that pup extra affection
Not only do physical changes occur during heat, but mental changes occur as well. She will feel calmer and more confident if you take the extra time to go on walks, talk to her, and pet her.
- Avoid any training or dog shows
Similar to #1 and #2, it is generally advised to avoid events with other dogs. That and the scent that female dogs produce will be very distracting to male dogs and will cause them to underperform. Most event organizers will arrange a refund if your dog is suddenly in heat right before the show.
- Honor her needs for exercise and rest
Every dog will experience heat differently. Some just want to relax while others become more restless. Observe your dog’s demeanor and provide an appropriate amount of rest and exercise.
- Supply toys
If you need to leave your dog at home unattended, make sure to leave her toys that she loves! When you get back home, put the toys away to hold her interest for the next time you have to step out by yourself.
- Apply menthol on the end of her tail
This can help to mask the scent when you and your pup step outside. Very handy if a male dog is in the vicinity.
- Use doggie pants
Okay, this one is pretty crucial, especially if you have carpeted floors. Doggy diapers can also help to mask the odor. Keep in mind, the disposable garment does NOT act as a chastity belt.
- Talk to your vet
They tend to know best! Talk to your vet about the best methods to dealing with your dog’s menstrual cycle to get personalized advice.