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    DefaultHeat question...is this normal?

    Aretemis is in her 1st heat. It started on Nov 18 (2 weeks ago today) and although the bleeding has let up considerably, it hasn't stopped completely. She's much less swollen than she was initially, and seems less interested in trying to get outside...not so restless....Everything I've read says that the bleeding will let up and then she'll be wanting to get out looking for the boys...So are we still in the proestrus period or have we had estrus and missed it? We'll continue to keep her up for 2 more weeks anyway but I was just wondering....
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    I found this, hope it helps:

    The estrous cycle can be divided into 4 stages:

    1. Proestrus: This stage begins with the appearance of vaginal bleeding. It normally lasts from 4 to 9 days. Male dogs become very interested in the female; however, she will not yet mate with them.

    2. Estrus: This is the stage in which the female will accept the male and conception can occur. The vaginal discharge is more yellowish than bloody. Ordinarily, the stage lasts for 4 to 13 days. Your female will stand still and hold her tail to the side when you touch her back or a male dog tries to mount.

    3. and 4. Metestrus and anestrus: These 2 stages are periods of ovarian activity, but with no significant outward signs. False pregnancies frequently occur during metestrus.

    Some Important Points

    * You should consider your pet to be "in season" for 21 days: 7 days coming into heat, 7 days in heat, 7 days going out. Though conception is most likely during the middle 7 days, Mother Nature doesn't always follow the rules. Confine your pet for the entire 3 weeks.

    * Remember that the above information is general. Not all females follow these patterns. Consult with the doctor if your pet does not seem typical. Sometimes, cycling problems can be an early warning of more serious problems, and the sooner they are dealt with, the better.
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    Thanks Pam...it's the first part I was wondering about...whether she's done with it after 14 days....
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    if she's only 14 days into it, you've prolly not hit ovulation yet. a normal heat generally lasts approx 3 weeks, but consider 4 weeks from start to decide she's out and "safe". I've had bitches breed on day 22 and conceive.



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    Thanks Laura! This is helpful. I was confused by the length of the bleeding...
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