Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
Thank you for your question. Dogs should typically go into heat about every 6 months but it can be 4 months and up to 10 months between heats. There are certain breeds (such as the Basenji
) that have a heat only once a year normally.
With her age, she might be at the point that her heats will be variable or she might simply stop having heat cycles
. This can happen as young as 6 years old and even as old as 11 years old in some dogs!
As long as she is not having weight loss, discharge vaginally with an odor, normal appetite, and no abdominal swelling she might have a delayed heat, a silent heat (which means there is no bleeding
), or she might simply not have a heat again. If she does have any of the above signs then it is time to have her evaluated to ensure that there is not an infection in her uterus or a pyometra.
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