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Heat cycle in dogs can be halted by using megestrol acetate (commercial name: Ovaban).
For most dogs the estrus cycle lasts 12-21 days but it can be as short as a few days to as long as four weeks. It can vary widely. If you are trying to prevent breeding you should err on the side of caution and keep your bitch separated from male dogs longer than you consider necessary.
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The four stages of the female dog’s reproductive cycle are:
Estrus Cycles in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospital
If you have an intact female dog, you should be familiar with the heat cycle so you know what to expect. Like humans, female dogs will start to regularly go through the estrus cycle once they reach puberty – this cycle is typically referred to as “heat” in relation to dogs. We’re going to go over the basics about the dog heat cycle, including its various stages and how to deal with it.The estrus or “heat” cycle of a female dog typically lasts two to three weeks. The cycle begins with the swelling of the external vulva, often accompanied by a vaginal discharge, and ends when the discharge dissipates and the vulva returns to normal size. In many cases, the swelling of the vulva may not be obvious so you should be familiar with some of the other signs of estrus. Within the first few days of the estrus cycle many dogs develop a bloody vaginal discharge. This discharge may change in color and appearance as the dog progresses through her cycle. By 7 to 10 days into the cycle it is usually pink and watery. Other signs of estrus may include the dog urinating more frequently than normal – her urine contains pheromones that become particularly pungent during the estrus cycle so she may mark objects in and around the home as well as outside during walks.A female dog will go into heat about twice per year – approximately every six months – starting from the time she reaches puberty. The age at which dogs reach puberty will vary by breed, so consult your veterinarian to know what to expect from your dog in particular. Some small breed dogs may go into heat as often as three times per year while giant breed dogs may only do so every 12 to 18 months. All female dogs, when they first start to go into heat, may have irregular heat cycles until they reach the age of two.Puberty or sexual maturity in the female dog usually occurs around six months of age. The smaller breeds tend to go into estrus or "heat" earlier and some females can have their first "heat" cycle as early as four months of age. On the other hand, the large and giant breeds can be up to two years old before they come into heat for the first time. For many dogs, the first heat is “silent” or does not have clinical signs associated with estrus. Additionally, many dogs’ first estrus cycle is unlikely to allow successful breeding, thus the standard practice of waiting until the second or third heat cycle before breeding.