Dog With Menstruation Can Take A Bath

The reproductive cycle in a female dog varies according to breed, size and individual characteristics, much like humans. Generally, she will experience her first heat between six months and a year in age, and thereafter about every six months. Menses — the bleeding during heat — lasts about three weeks. Grooming your dog during this time is really no different than grooming at any other time. However, she is probably experiencing discomfort to mild pain. Grooming can prove to be soothing and a bonding experience for you both.

Place a blanket or other bedding in an area where you can encourage her to rest. Wash or change the bedding daily to every few days to prevent her from laying in any blood spots present. Consider using specially-made diapers that will keep her from getting blood on things.

Brush her coat gently while talking to her soothingly, stroking her as you do. Begin with a rubber brush, which loosens dirt and dead skin. Follow with a bristle brush to remove loose hair. Plan to do this at least once a week if she is a short-haired breed; dogs with long hair need brushing daily.

Bathe your dog once every three months, recommends the ASPCA, although you may bathe her more frequently while she is in heat if blood and odor become an issue. She may find a warm bath soothing for menstrual cramps. Use an aloe-based shampoo and a coat conditioner to prevent drying out her skin and causing problems. Run room temperature water, wet and lather her, avoiding her eyes, nose and ears. Follow with a conditioner, rinsing products well to prevent skin irritation. Dry her with a hair dryer, making sure not to burn her.

Examine her ears and fur as part of the routine. Treat her for fleas, as necessary. Clean out her ears with a cotton swab, moistened with water or even a little mineral oil, as necessary. Access the outer ear only — do not insert objects into the ear canal.

Trim her nails using nail clippers that enclose the nail and chop the end off, or new grinding-style trimmers. Avoid cutting the quick — a vein that runs through the nail and causes pain and bleeding if cut. Smooth rough edges with a nail file to complete.

Look over her entire body to note any problems. Swab out eyes with a wet cotton-tipped swab, inspect wrinkles if your dog has a lot of loose flesh, or address any other concerns unique to her.

Cleanse the blood from her between baths, if needed, using baby wet wipes or feminine hygiene wipes. Your female dog will typically keep herself clean, but a gentle wipe will help remove blood if you are in an area where blood leakage is a special concern.

Massage her to relax her. Start at her neck, giving her a deep rub, and work towards her tail. Feel free to massage her feet as well, which will make it easier to clip her nails in the future.

Keep her calm and allow plenty of rest, and be patient while grooming her. Dogs, while they are in heat, might feel anxious and irritable.

Karie Fay earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in law from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. After growing up in construction and with more than 30 years in the field, she believes a girl can swing a hammer with the best of them. She enjoys “green” or innovative solutions and unusual construction.

The reason we even ask whether it is OK to bathe a dog in heat is because of the myth surrounding it. Many people believe giving a dog in heat a bath can exacerbate the problems related to it. But this is nothing more than a myth. It is not only perfectly fine to bathe a dog in heat, it can be very beneficial to them.

How to know if your dog is in heat

There are many noticeable factors that indicate your dog is in heat. Here are some of them:

  • Mood swings. Obviously, a dog’s heat cycle is hormonal, and mood changes are normal. Anything could happen with the animal’s mood.
  • Swollen nipples. When a dog is in heat, her nipples will be swollen and sensitive to the touch.
  • Obsessive interest from males. If you start seeing many male dogs around your dog, it’s best to get away if you don’t want to have puppies soon. This is a sure sign that your dog is in heat.
  • Bleeding. You might not notice some of the signs mentioned above, but vaginal bleeding is the most obvious sign that your dog is in heat.
  • Dog With Menstruation Can Take A Bath

    Once you know about the heat cycle and how to identify it, you can then figure out answer to the following question: Can you bathe a dog in heat?

    Can I bathe my dog when she has her period?

    When dogs are in heat the vulva can become inflamed and sensitive and yes, a bath does help. A warm facecloth placed in the area for a few seconds or a minute may provide comfort, however, Bailee may show behavioral changes at this time and can be irritable.

    Why do female dogs cry when mating?

    This is specifically designed to get the male’s attention. Other behaviors meant for this are things like the female laying her head on the back of a male dog while pawing at him. She may even try mounting the male dog as a way to bring attention to her condition.