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My dog stop bleeding two weeks ago. I tried to mate her but

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My dog stop bleeding two weeks ago. I tried to mate her but she wouldn't. Am I to late
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
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My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
It may be too late but each dog is different so the owner has to evaluate their dog based on vulva size, discharge and behavior. Let me go over the heat cycle.
Female Dogs go into heat at any time between 6-12 months usually. The average heat cycle for a dog is approximately 3 weeks but for some dogs it is longer and for others it is shorter. Some as short as 10 days and some as long as 4 weeks or more. Usually your dog will go into heat every 6-7 months though again each dog is different and can go back into heat as early as 4 months or not for 12 months. Most however are average.
During the first part of a dogs heat period you will notice swelling of the vulva, possibly an increase in urination and bleeding. If there are male dogs around you will notice them hanging around her. This stage generally last about 7 days and she will not allow males to mate with her during this period The second part of the heat cycle is when she will accept a male and breed. Usually a female will lift her tail out of the way. Usually bleeding has stopped or become straw colored at this point. This can last from 4 to 21 days though the average is 7 days. Many expert say the 9-10th day of heat is the optimum day for breeding. It is during this period of time that you will want to allow mating. Most breeders allow the dogs to mate every other day during this period.
Then during the last stage of heat she will be less willing to breed as she is going out of heat. This stage can again last from 4 to 21 days as well but averages 7 days.
Each dog is different so some evaluation by the owner is necessary. The whole heat period should be approximately 21 days but as stated can be longer or shorter depending on the dog.
Here is an excellent website with pictures to illustrate a female in different stages of heat.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/breedingheat.htm
So to sum this up, if her vulva is still swollen, then she is still in heat and breeding may still occur. If the vulva is pretty much back to normal size, then it is likely too late for this heat cycle.
One thing that is not conductive to mating is bringing the male to the female. The male needs to be the dominant dog to achieve mating which means the female should be brought to the males territory so she feels more submissive since she is in his territory and not hers. So if she is swollen still, get her to his house. It may make all the difference. Watch to see if she moves her tail to the side. That also is a good indication she is still receptive to mating.
The other thing you might consider if she is still in heat would be artificial insemination. . Here is an excellent site on this.
http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu/eiltslotus/theriogenology-5361/dog--white_2.htm
http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/reprod/semeneval/dog.html
And purchase kits from here. Might come in handy next time. They can often be purchased at medical supply stores as well.
http://www.equitainer.com/Canine/AIKit.htm
http://www.pinnaclepetsupply.com/ai-kits.htm
http://www.camelotfarms.com/other_products.php
Ai video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxXlniylh5g
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.