Dogs in heat can be stressful for both you and your dog. When female dogs go into heat, they become more aggressive and territorial, which can lead to fights with other dogs or even with people. While there are many commercial products on the market to help control your dog’s heat cycle, there are also some natural home remedies that may work just as well.
The best way to help your dog through their heat cycle is to provide them with plenty of water and a cool place to sleep. If you can’t provide them with a cool place to sleep, you can use a fan or air conditioner to keep the temperature down in the room where they are resting. You can also use a cold compress on the outside of your dog’s body if they seem uncomfortable or in pain (this will not cause any damage).
You should take your dog to the vet if they have any symptoms of infection such as discharge from the vagina, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, fever, or increased thirst. Also, make sure that you have plenty of time set aside for this trip as it might take longer than usual due to traffic or other factors.
A female dog in heat can be a nuisance to you, the family, and your dog. No matter how much you love your pooch, its changing behavior could be difficult to deal with. However, there are many home remedies that can help calm her down. Here are some of them:
Dogs experience heat cycles, just like women. The symptoms of a dog’s heat cycle are increased thirst and urination, as well as increased sexual desire.
The heat cycle can last for several weeks, but it is not harmful to your dog. Dogs in heat will have a higher body temperature than usual, which can cause them to pant excessively or even become dehydrated if left untreated.
1. Cold Compress
A cold compress can help reduce swelling and pain. Place the ice or a cold pack on your dog’s abdomen for no more than 10 minutes at a time.
Do not use an ice pack that was frozen in water as this could cause frostbite. Instead, you can buy reusable gel packs from your local pharmacy or make your own by freezing some water bottles in advance. If you decide to use a frozen water bottle, make sure it is wrapped in several layers of newspaper before placing it on your dog; otherwise, there’s a risk of freezing their skin. Do not apply any kind of cold compress if they have a heart condition or are pregnant; only do so if they’re unwell (and ask your vet).
Mint is also a great herb for cooling down the body. It helps to reduce the heat and cool down the dog. Mint helps to reduce the pain and inflammation of a dog in heat. Mint also helps to reduce discharge and odor associated with the cycle of mating in dogs.
Chamomile is a natural antispasmodic, which means it relaxes muscles. It also reduces inflammation and acts as an antihistamine to help with allergies. Chamomile contains compounds called azulenes, which are known to be sedatives and anti-anxiety agents.
The oil from the chamomile flower can be used externally on skin rashes or burns. You can also use chamomile to make a relaxing tea by steeping two tablespoons (30 ml) of dried flowers in one cup (250 ml) of hot water for ten minutes, then straining out the flowers before drinking.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel has been a popular natural remedy for centuries. It can be used for skin irritations, burns, and other skin conditions. When applied as an ointment it helps to heal wounds faster and reduce scarring.
Aloe Vera gel is also used to treat sunburns and insect bites because of its soothing properties and ability to rejuvenate damaged cells in the body. Aloe Vera gel can be found at most drug stores or health food stores, or you may grow your own aloe vera plant at home.
Basil is a natural antifungal and antibacterial agent, so it can help to regulate the hormone levels in your dog. It also helps to reduce the heat cycle and improve the symptoms of estrogen dominance if they are present. Basil has been used as an herbal treatment for menopause symptoms in humans, so I would assume that it works just as well on dogs.
Basil is also a natural diuretic, which means that it can help your dog with some of their other issues too.
6. Willow Bark
Willow bark is a natural source of salicin, which is the active ingredient in aspirin. Willow bark has been used in traditional medicine to treat fever, pain, inflammation, and pain associated with menstruation. It’s also used to treat arthritis and gout. In addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits, willow bark may help reduce fevers by causing sweating (sweating is one way our bodies cool down).
Myhrr is a flower with a strong scent that can help to calm your dog and reduce the symptoms associated with being in heat. Use myhrr to help your dog relax by rubbing it on her chest and abdomen, or placing it within reach of her nose so she can smell it.
Myhrr is safe for dogs because it does not cause them any harm, but make sure you do not put too much in one area for long periods of time (it could irritate sensitive skin). If she starts sneezing or coughing after being exposed to myhrr, then stop using this remedy immediately.
In addition to calming your dog down during her period, you should also consider giving her more space outside so she has room to run around freely without feeling confined indoors all day long while everyone else goes out on their daily errands.
8. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is a natural remedy that can help with pain relief, anxiety, sleep, depression, and stress. This oil is also known as an effective remedy for hot flashes in women. The lavender essential oil can be used to treat many conditions including migraines and headaches as well.
To use lavender essential oil for your dog’s heat cycle symptoms:
- Add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to a bowl of water and dip a washcloth into the solution
- Gently wipe down your dog from head to tail
- Repeat as necessary
9. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is an effective antiseptic that can help treat skin infections, flea bites, and hot spots. It can also be used to treat ear infections.
10. Acupuncture for Your Dog in Heat
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves the insertion of very thin needles into your dog’s skin. The acupuncture points have been mapped out by generations of practitioners, and they are believed to be connected to various organs, meridians, and other parts of the body.
Acupuncture can help reduce the symptoms associated with heat cycles in dogs including:
- Stress & anxiety – because it reduces stress hormone levels in your pet’s body which makes them calmer during their cycle
Apply these home remedies to your dog to help ease the heat cycle
If your dog’s in heat and you’re looking for some home remedies to help ease the discomfort, here are several things you can do:
- Make sure to keep your pet hydrated. This is especially important if they have diarrhea or vomiting.
- Keep them cool by keeping them indoors during the day, and then allowing them access to a shady spot outdoors at night when it’s cooler outside. If you live in a hot climate, consider using fans or air conditioners as well.
- Get some toys that’ll keep your pooch occupied while they’re stuck inside during the day (if applicable). It can be nice for dogs who aren’t used to being cooped up indoors all day long.
- Take them out on walks early in the morning before temperatures rise too high outside, or late at night if this allows more time for exercise before bedtime since it’ll be cooler then too.
Keep your dog safe, cool, and happy when she is in heat by using these home remedies. These tips are easy to follow and should help keep your dog comfortable. Remember, if you suspect anything out of the ordinary or have any doubts, consult with a vet immediately.