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Bhageman3 asked 1 year ago

French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle

My female frenchie just turned 1 in September and still has not had her first heat. Is this normal?

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Dr. R.J. Kraemer answered 1 year ago

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle,  females can reach puberty as early as 6 months and as late as 18-24 months.

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle 4 X PHASES

  1. PROESTRUS:  bulldog males attracted to a nonreceptive bulldog female 1-2w
  2. ESTRUS: Receptive period 5-10 days
  3. DIESTRUS: post-mating ~2 months
  4. ANESTRUS: a period of no attraction between either the male or female bulldog 4-5m.

“IN HEAT”: Bulldogs and French bulldogs in heat usually mean that they are in Proestrus or Estrus.

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle PRESENTATION & DURATION

  • D/C: small to a large amount of vaginal bleeding
  • SWELL: Puffy vulvar lips
  • ROMANCE: Attract males

HEAT DURATION: Heat can last 1-2 weeks

HEAT INTERVAL: typically recycles every 4-10 months intervals.

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle NORMAL VS ABNORMAL

FIRST HEAT NORMAL: can start as early as few months and as late as 1.5-2y depends on the breed and the female bulldog individual, on average most will have their first visual heat at 8-12 months old. Some female bulldogs and French bulldogs will have their first ovulation “silently”.

SILENT HET: “silent heat” is not uncommon to young bulldogs and French bulldogs who are ovulating for the first time.

This is a “normal first heat” without the common visual manifestation of d/c and swollen lips.

FIRST HEAT ABNORMAL:
Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus CycleAbnormal heat due to delay, irregular or absent one could be due to:

  • DIET: Poor nutrition
  • RX: Adverse effect to medication
  • DISEASE: venereal diseases
  • HORMONAL
  • GENETIC
  • INFECTION

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle WHAT TO DO

  1. WAIT: If she is otherwise normal you can wait till her next cycle.
  2. TEST: If you are worried you can visit your vet and run some tests (vaginal cytology, Brocelosis, etc)
  3. SPAY: You can spay your dog if you are not planning to breed her
  4. DIET & SUPPLEMENTS: Upgrade the diet and add supplements like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Multivitamins Plus and V4B Bulldy Immune Support Formula

“An Ounce Of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE”

Answer for French Bulldog First Heat and Estrus Cycle PREVENTION IS CURE

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