How often does a female Shih Tzu go into heat?
How Often Heat Cycles Occur. With the Shih Tzu, it will be normal to have a heat cycle every 4 to 8 months. This averages out to two or sometimes 3 times per year. It is important to note that even senior dogs still enter heat; the canine equivalent of menopause typically does not occur.
How long does a female dog stay in heat the second time?
Heat usually lasts between 2-4 weeks. Early in the cycle, a female dog may not be receptive to male dogs, although some are receptive through the entire cycle. It can be shorter or longer and you’ll know the cycle is over when all her vulva returns to its normal size and there’s no more bleeding or discharge.
How long do Shih Tzu puppies stay in heat?
The approximate duration of the heat cycle is usually between 2 and 4 weeks (or 23 days) and it usually happens twice a year. We recommend that you write the dates of the beginning and end of your Shih Tzu heat cycle so you can monitor its pattern.
How do I know when my Shih Tzu is in heat?
You will know your Shih Tzu is in heat due to a range of signs including:
- Swollen vulva.
- Bleeding from the vulva.
- Increased mounting behavior.
- Licking her genital region.
- Obvious nervous or agitated behavior.
- Increased urination.
At what age should a Shih Tzu be spayed?
The most preferred time to spay or neuter a dog is around six months of age. Some vets will do the surgery when the dog is younger, but the majority of vets I questioned, feel that six months is a good age. Shih Tzu dogs are considered to be brachycephalic breeds because of their flat faces.
When can a female Shih Tzu get pregnant?
For female dogs, sexual maturity is reached between age of 6 to 12 months. This means they can get pregnant at just 6 months of age. Dog pregnancies normally last for nine weeks (approximately 60 days), although they might give birth sooner or later. Why is my Shih Tzu puppy so big?
How long do you have to wait to spay a dog after heat?
Vets will typically not recommend spaying while your dog is in heat. More blood flows to the affected area during this time, and that can complicate the surgery. Your vet might want to wait two to three months after your dog’s heat cycle to spay.