When Do Dogs Get Their ‘Period’ and How Often?
Female dogs typically reach sexual maturity around six months old and that’s when have their first “heat” or estrus cycle. During this stage, there’s an increase in estrogen levels, then a sharp decrease, and then her ovaries release eggs. Their estrus cycles typically last three weeks but can range between two and four.
While six months is the average age of a dog’s first heat, it can vary between dogs. Some dogs may go into heat at four months, but bigger dogs may be as old as two years before their first heat. It’s considered best practice to wait until your dog’s third heat to breed her. However, your vet can perform genetic testing and tell you when your dog is ready.
Dogs typically go into heat on average every six months, but this varies especially in the beginning. It can take some dogs around 18 to 24 months to develop a regular cycle. Small dogs usually go into heat more often — as much as three to four times a year. Large breeds such as Great Danes and St. Bernard might only go into heat once a year.
How to Manage Your Dog’s ‘Period’
Now that you know more about your dog’s estrus cycle, here are some products that will help you manage it. Whether reusable or disposable, you’ll want to get some diapers before your dog goes into heat.
Reusable Dog Diapers
Reusable diapers are ideal for dog owners who are economically or environmentally conscious. While being absorbent with multiple layers, they’re also washable. These reusable dog diapers are available for small, medium, and large breeds.
Plus, you’ll get the chance to choose from neutral colors or trending prints. Along with fun colors, the diapers are both hand and machine washable.
Disposable Dog Diapers
If washing diapers isn’t your thing, consider buying disposable dog diapers. These diapers are also available for small, medium, and large breeds. The diapers are designed to be leak-proof, absorbent, comfortable, and secure.
Full-Body Dog Diapers
Your dog struggles to keep her diapers on, check out full-body dog diapers. These diapers were designed by a veterinarian and are used by other veterinarians, trainers, and pet trainers. From small to extra large long, these diapers come in a lot of different sizes and are designed to be secure.
They are also antimicrobial, which help keep your dog safe from germs. In addition to different sizes, these come in multiple colors including pink, blue, red, and purple.