|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Fri Dec 2, '11 6:46pm PST |
|You want to watch her AT THE MINIMUM, three weeks.
Starts with light bleeding, that is day one. Gradually progresses to heavier, darker bleeding for 8 to 10 days, then becomes very light and almost a clear pinkish color or even none at all. At this point her vulva will be swollen, like HUGE, soft and wet. This is the most critical stage as this is when she will be ovulating and is most likely to get pregnant.
This stage lasts for 5 to 7 days average, then the discharge may completely stop OR will be brownish and thicker.
HOWEVER... all these days are "average" and some dogs can and do ovulate on day 5 or on day 18. Add the fact that sperm can survive for up to 5 (or more) days within the uterus, and the eggs can survive for 48 hours before becoming non-viable, there is a lot of room for her to get pregnant!
She should be most receptive to a male from day 12 to day 17 or so, but, never forget, this is an average!
My poodle came into heat on Tuesday and she would have let ANY of my boys breed her (and they would have, BOL) yesterday. She is older so things do change more, but still, you cannot be too careful! (Just for the record, she was spayed yesterday as well, since she was being placed in a new home this weekend and my vet agreed to do it while she was in heat.) BUT, even spayed, she will still be attractive to males for the next two weeks or more since those hormones are still in her system.
For the first week or 10 days she should be acting pretty normal and people get really lax about watching them during this period, thinking nothing is going to happen. Then, the heavy bleeding stops and people think they are done and it has ended. NOPE, this is when she goes crazy for any male dog she can find AND all the male dogs within about a 10 mile radius suddenly park themselves on your door step.
The biggest difficulty for us multiple pet owners is telling when it is safe to let her back with the males. I NEVER do that until at least 21 days, and, depending on how they are acting, some take even longer.
Usually (another average), the female will not be at all receptive to the male and will actually drive them away from her during the first 10 days or so AND again when she is finished at day 21 or so.
Don't make the common mistake of thinking that female "panties" will prevent a male from tieing with her...they are very aggressive when it comes to breeding! And, speaking of ties, yes, she can get pregnant without a tie... if he ejaculates near or on her vulva those little spermies certainly know how to swim and will!!