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Dogs usually hit puberty around six months old and get into heat cycles, smaller dog breeds tend to get in heat cycle around 4 months old, while larger dogs can take some time where they can take up to two years.


How often does it occur?

  • On average it can happen every six months

there might be a lot of variety regarding the cycle time, and it will take time to develop a regular cycle

  • Some giant breeds heat cycle occur every 12 - 18 months


How long does it last?


It mostly lasts for 3 to 2 weeks, the cycles usually start by the pet releasing discharge from the Vulvar (animal genitals) or if the female starts paying attention to her Vulvar area and it will look a bit swollen. The cycle will end when the swelling is gone and the discharges stop.


Signs for dogs in heat


  • Swelling

  • excessive Urinating

  • Anxious behavior

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • the dog paying attention to the Vulvar area


- The female dog will be attracted to the male dog but for the first 7-10 days although mating won’t be allowed.

- Some females experience extreme vaginal bleeding during the heat cycle


- The female dog can be spayed during the cycle but we don’t recommend it and advise to spay them after 8 weeks


Why spay dogs?


  • Behavioral changes

  • Better Heath: Not spaying female dogs may result in some diseases such as mammary cancer, Pyometra (infection of the uterus)


The mating season also is known as the breeding season


Breeding season for cats comes at February, and as late as December, but in the western hemisphere, March through September is generally regarded as the breeding season. 

Oestrus cycles begin when female cats reach puberty, which can be as early as 4 months right through to 10 months of age. 

Cats are known as a polyoestrus species. This means they can come on heat multiple times in a calendar year.

The signs of oestrus are mainly behavioral and can include:

  • Increase in affection- towards people and cats alike.

  • Meows louder than your cat’s normal meow. It can sometimes be confused with an expression of pain or anxiety.

  • Urine spraying on walls and other surfaces. 

  • Increased insistence to go outside.


Oestrus lasts for 7 to 10 days and there are 3 possible outcomes: 

The cat mates and becomes pregnant.

The cat mates, but does not become pregnant and has what is called a pseudo or “false” pregnancy. In this situation, she can show all the signs of being pregnant (gain weight, increase in appetite and even produce milk) but won’t actually have any kittens. She will return to being on heat approximately 4-6 weeks later.

The cat does not mate. She will come back into season 1 day to 2 weeks later and this cycle may continue multiple times unless she is mated or the breeding season ends.

You can neuter your cat which is way better for you and your cat. 

Neutering your cat can avoid getting feline Leukaemia or feline AIDS. If she mated with a stray cat from the street.

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