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AnswerDear Zena,
How long does a female stay in heat?

Eric G. (USA)


Dear Eric,

Female dogs who are not spayed experience two cycles a year that are commonly referred to as heat cycles. First she enters the proestrus stage that lasts between 4-15 days during which time her vulva swells before releasing a clear, then bloody discharge. During the estrus stage, 4-8 days, the discharge stops and she starts accepting the advances of male un-neutered dogs. At this stage the ovulation begins.

Due to the overpopulation of dogs, it is important that all dog parents seriously consider spaying and neutering their dogs to avoid unwanted, unplanned pregnancies. Ethical responsible people committed to maintaining the true breed characteristics such as temperament, health, physical traits, and breed heritage, take dog breeding very seriously and ensure that all of their puppies are purchased prior to being born by people who meet the requirements of being good puppy parents.

By spaying and neutering your dog, you are more likely to have a longer living, healthier dog who makes a better, more enjoyable companion.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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