What to Do When Your Dog is in Heat: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re a new dog owner and have never experienced dog heat, it’s one thing you want to be prepared for. A female dog’s first heat can be overwhelming and confusing for a pet owner, I know it was for me! However, I have some experience in this now so I want to help you how to handle your dog’s first heat.

What is a Dog’s Heat?

A dog’s heat, also known as its menstrual cycle or heat season, is a period when a female dog becomes fertile and can get pregnant if they mate with male dogs. While your dog is in heat, she will go through some changes physical and behavioral changes.

When Can You Expect Your Dog to Go Into Heat?

Not every dog is equal, and when a dog goes into heat, it will depend on its breed, age, and size. However, most female dogs will get their first heat cycle between the ages of 6 months and 12 months. The heat cycle can last anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.

How Often Will Your Dog Go Into Heat?

Dogs typically get their heat every six to eight months. Once again this can depend on the breed and size of the dog. Smaller breeds tend to get their heat more frequently than larger breeds. It’s a good idea to track your dog’s heat by making notes when she starts and when she finishes.

What Are the Signs of a Dog in Heat?

As I mentioned earlier a dog will go through physical and emotional changes. Keep your eye on physical signs like these.

  • A swollen vulva
  • Bloody discharge
  • Changes in behavior
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Neediness

What to Do?

If this is your first time experiencing your French Bulldog in heat, there are things you can do to make things easier for both you and your dog. Here are some tips:

  1. Keep Your Dog Away from Male Dogs

When your dog is in heat, it’s important to keep her away from male dogs. This is more of a concern with intact male dogs. To avoid accidental pregnancies you need to separate them immediately. If you’re out for a walk, keep your dog away from other male dogs.

  1. Consider Reusable Dog Diapers

Reusable dog diapers can be a lifesaver during your dog’s heat. They’re designed to be comfortable for your dog and will keep your house clean. When choosing dog diapers, look for those that are reusable, easy to wash, and fit your dog well. The best ones are those that won’t fall off or cause any discomfort.

I have found these ones off Amazon to be the best. The velcro is strong, they don’t fall off, and it’s comfortable for my dogs.

  1. Keep Your Dog Active and Engaged

Even though your dog may be less active during her heat cycle, it’s important to keep her engaged and active. You can keep her active by continuing to take her for walks, play games, and give her toys to keep her entertained.

  1. Be Prepared for Accidents

Your Frenchie will be drinking more than usual so it’s not uncommon to have some indoor accidents. To avoid this, try and let her out more often and have cleaning supplies on hand. Y

  1. Consider Spaying Your Dog

If you’re not planning on breeding your dog, spaying her may be a good option. Spaying can prevent unwanted pregnancies and also has several health benefits for your french bulldog. With French Bulldogs, there have been studies that waiting till the second heat can reduce the risk of IVDD. Speak to your veterinarian about the best time to spay your dog.


To wrap things up, it’s important for dog owners to know how to handle their dogs in heat. By following these tips, you can help your dog go through this period with ease. Remember to keep your dog away from male dogs, consider reusable dog diapers, keep your dog active and engaged, be prepared for accidents, and consider spaying

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