My Dog In Heat Won’t Stop Crying

By Ameera Mills. Updated: September 2, 2018
My Dog In Heat Won’t Stop Crying

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When your dog experiences its first heat, this is synonymous with having reached sexual maturity. In general, these hairy ones maintain two cycles per year and, during these periods, they undergo various physiological and hormonal changes, which can reflect in their behavior. Some dogs may appear sadder during heat, while others are constantly anxious or nervous. In some cases, females in heat may become more aggressive than normal and should receive special attention for their behavior.

If your dog is nervous, sad or anxious during its fertile period and cries excessively, you have come to the right page. If your dog in heat won’t stop crying, in this AnimalWised article we will give you some tips on how to deal with this situation.

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The behavior of dogs during heat

The first thing that needs to be understood is that the arrival of sexual maturity does not mean that a bitch is prepared to experience pregnancy. During her first heat, the female is still a "teenager" and is in full physical, cognitive and emotional development. A gestation at this age not only interrupts her development, but can also bring about complications in childbirth.

One needs to be aware of the different phases of the canine estrous cycle.There are 4 phases of this cycle which each explain the behavior of our animal:

  • Proestrus: this first phase can last from 3 to 17 days depending on the breed, size and organism of each dog. During the proestrus, the female is not fertile, but is usually very anxious and may try to escape from home. In addition, some bitches will physicalize the characteristic movements of a mount.
  • Estrus: during this stage, which lasts from 3 to 17 days, she is at her most fertile and is receptive to males. During the estrus, behavioral changes are shown more intensely: the females will be more affectionate, less calm and more eager to go outside. She might also urinate very often to spread her pheromones in order to attract the males of the neighborhood.
  • Diestrus: the duration of this cycle will depend on whether fertilization has taken place or not, and it can last for 60 to 100 days. In this phase, females reject the mount and tend to eat abundantly. In general, her character is normalized and she will appear calm and serene. In this phase, it is also normal for psychological pregnancies to appear.
  • Anestrus: if the female has become pregnant during the diestrus phase, she will go on to the next phase of sexual inactivity (anestrus) after childbirth. In general, this period can last up to 130 days allowing her body to prepare for her next heat.

Why does a bitch in heat cry excessively?

The reason your bitch is crying can depend on several things. A bitch in heat can cry very often because she feels sad, anxious, nervous or is seeking attention. Therefore, if your dog experiencing her cycle and doesn’t stop crying, remain aware of her behavior and its changes.

However, if you notice that your dog is crying excessively and showing other symptoms, such as: excessive bleeding, purulent vaginal discharge, lethargy, hyperactivity or aggressive behavior, it is important to go to your veterinarian.

My Dog In Heat Won’t Stop Crying - Why does a bitch in heat cry excessively?

What can I do if my dog is in heat and won’t stop crying?

If your dog is crying a lot during heat and showing symptoms of sadness, tiredness, drowsiness or a slight loss of appetite, you can follow these recommendations to try and improve her mood:

  • Devote time to play with her and give her love: females require special attention during their heat cycle, therefore, do not stop providing them with affection. Do not neglect their physical and mental stimulation. If she is not castrated, propose activities and games inside the home.
  • Offer your bitch a more nutritious diet during heat: if your dog is suffering from a slight loss of appetite, you will need to offer her a more attractive meal rich in essential nutrients. You can choose to prepare homemade recipes or make her feed more interesting by adding water or warm chicken broth to improve its aroma.
  • Exercise your dog: you should not neglect physical and mental stimulation of your bitch during heat. Daily walks should be maintained, but of shorter duration than normal. If your female is not spayed, you should choose a quieter place to walk her or choose to exercise her in the yard of your home.

Is your dog in heat very anxious?

In some cases, dogs may be more anxious during their heat. In these cases, there are some natural painkillers that can help stabilize their behavior:

  • Natural herbs: chamomile, valerian and St. John's wort act as natural tranquilizers for dogs. You can make a concentrated infusion of chamomile and mix it with your dog's water. Valerian and St. John's wort are also marketed as tinctures in many natural products stores. You can put some droplets directly into the mouth of your dog for faster effect.
  • Oats: Oats are very effective in reducing the level of anxiety and stress in your dog. It will also provide your animal with a sense of calmness. You can prepare your dog porridge with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oatmeal cooked in water. Do not mix it with her feed, as these different foods require different digestion times, the porridge should be given to your dog at a separate meal time.
  • Alternative therapies: aromatherapy, Bach flowers and Reiki can be very efficient in helping your dog maintain a balanced temperament during her period of heat. However, it is important to consult your veterinarian before starting your dog on such therapies.
My Dog In Heat Won’t Stop Crying - Is your dog in heat very anxious?

Is sterilization effective in improving the behavior of a bitch in heat?

Sterilization offers numerous benefits for both you and your dog. First, it is the safest and most effective reproductive control you can adopt to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Sterilization also works in collaboration with decreasing street overpopulation issues which are prevalent today. In addition, it decreases the risk of the spread of numerous diseases, such as the pyometra, uterine and ovarian infections, and cancers such as breast and uterus cancer.

However, sterilization is not effective in improving your dogs behavior during heat, since this process does not interfere with hormonal production. If your dog is very upset or tries to escape during heat, you should consider opting for castration rather than sterilization. Both processes are effective in avoiding pregnancy, but castration, by including the removal of the sexual organs, also prevents the occurrence of heat and its corresponding hormonal and behavioral alterations.

However, you should consult your veterinarian to find out if castration is really the best option for your dog. For castration you need to take into account her age, size and state of health. In addition, you can seek the guidance of a professional expert in dog ethology for a better understand of your dog’s behavior during heat and to establish an effective treatment according to her specific symptoms.

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

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My female dog is in heat and her brother will not stop whining. How can I help him?
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Hi Cindy,

If neither your male or female dog are neutered, there is little you can do except keep them separated. It is in their nature to want to mate during the heat period, so the only way you can prevent it happening in the future is to have them neutered. It is better for both their physiological and psychological health and will help you keep them better under control/avoid behavioral problems.
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