How do you know when your dog is getting her first period?
- Swollen Vulva. Located just below the anus, your dog’s vulva will turn redder in color and increase in size — often 2 to 3 times its normal size.
- Behavior Quirks.
- Increased Licking of the Vaginal Area.
- Vaginal Bleeding.
What to do when my dog gets her period?
- Pups tend to get quite snuggly during this time, so set aside some extra slots for lots of cuddles.
- Offer a safe, chew resistant toy that she can nudge up against.
- Never scold your pup if she happens to make a bloody mess, just calmly reassure her while you clean it up.
What month do female dogs start their period? 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.
How long does a female dog bleed for? You may also observe that her vulva is large, red, or swollen with some bleeding or blood-tinted discharge. Your dog will only bleed for around half of the total cycle, usually 7 to 10 days. Generally, bigger dogs bleed more than smaller dogs, but it varies between dogs. Some dogs bleed very little.