Do female dogs have periods? They don’t really, they undergo estrus. When your pekingese is in heat, it means that this is the mating period for her. When estrus happens, your pekingese is in season. Dogs in general experience their first estrous cycle when they are 6-12 months. Larger dogs may have their estrus at age 12-24 months of age. Female dogs that are in heat are similar to women having mesntruation. This is the season where your pekingese may become pregnant.
The estrous cycle would commence with Proestrus stage then ends with estrus. Proestrus is when vaginal bleeding occurs and this would last for around 4-9 days. There is noticeable swelling in the vulva plus increased urination. Male dogs would be very eager and persistent yet she isn’t ready to mate in this phase yet.
The Estrus stage is when the female dog would accept the male dog and mating will occur. That vaginal discharge here is then more yellowish rather than red. This phase would last for 4-13 days. This is the time your female dog would allow any male dog to mate with her.
Do Female Dogs Have Periods
Your female dog is a living creature, specifically she is a mammal. And just like any other female mammals on earth, just like women, your dog also undergoes the so called ‘female dog heat symptoms‘ at some times in her life.
The heat cycle process is a way to send signal to male dogs around the block, that she is ready for the mating season. After noting it, you may react violently, or you may be happy for your female canine friend, because at last, she can give birth to more puppies that you wanted most.
Source: Dog Symptoms, http://dogsymptoms.org/female_dog_heat_symptoms.html
How to Deal with Doggy Menstruation
- Diapers. Go buy diapers or pants that are made for menstruation if your dog happens to be a heavy bleeder. Or you can go for a boy’s underpants. Wear it on her backwards and allow her tail to go through the fly. You can put a menstrual pad or liner inside the underpants if she is bleeding a lot.
- Confine in a room. Try to confine her in a room where the floors are easy to clean. Or you can use a baby gate to isolate her for some time if she refuses to wear diaper or underpants.
- Use her crate. Place her inside her crate at night when she is having menses. Clean her crate immediately in the morning.
- Stay with her. Do not in anyway leave your dog outside even if you have a fenced backyard if you don’t want her to become pregnant. Male dogs can smell her and will do everything they can to get to her, even if they have to climb or dig their way inside your yard.
- Be careful when walking her. During this time, take her inside the care and drive to a secluded spot and take a short stroll there. Do not let her walk around the neighborhood while she is in heat. The male dogs can smell her and may find where your home is.
- Take her outside more. When she is having her menstruation, her urination would increase. Take the initiative to take her out more often for her to pee and do not get mad if she makes an accident inside the house.
So, do female dogs have periods? Literally no. What they have is the estus cycle and not the menstrual cycle, which is somehow similar with our period. And if you don’t want any unwanted pregnancy nor a surprise litter in your home, then be responsible for your dog. Males are aggressive and persistent during this season and it is up to you on how you handle your female and prevent any connection to happen. However, if you are planning to breed your pekingese, then go find a reputable male partner for her. You can ask your vet about it and ask for some recommendations for her. That way you are ensured to have a wonderful, healthy litter in no time.
Has your pekingese been pregnant before? How did you handle her estrus period? Leave us more tips and suggestions below for the first time owners out there who are seeking for help.