Pain and Discomfort
While no one can say for sure, it is suggested from studies that a female's behavior
shows that she is aware of her cycle and may indeed feel some cramping or discomfort.
Many females may "nest", they will want more rest in a comfortable area, sometimes appearing to want to be alone and arranging blankets and other soft items around her. She may spend more time in her dog bed or resting area. She may show nesting behavior by bringing favorite toys or soft items into her bed with her.
The average time a Pug's heat cycle lasts is 2 to 3 weeks and it will happen about 2 times per year. Until you have your Pug spayed, she may continue to have this for the rest of her life. It is not healthy for dogs of a senior age
to go through this twice a year phase.
While most dogs will have normal heat cycles, once in a while a Pug can have a “split heat” in which there is a spacing issue. Quite simply, this means that the cycle will begin, it will stop for days (or a few weeks in some cases) and then begin again.
This does not mean that your dog is having 2 heat cycles, it is technically 1 heat cycle that is disrupted and then begins again. It is thought that this occurs due to changing hormone levels.
What does it mean when a Pug has a silent heat? It refers to when the dog does indeed go through the estrus cycle but does not show any of the typical signs. There may be very little discharge or the Pug may clean herself quickly and often enough that the owner does not notice.
Do note that this is a different event than a missed heat and it can be difficult for an owner to know the difference. Completely skipping the entire cycle may be due to a medical issue, some which are quite serious. This includes:
- Hypothyroidism- Other signs are: hair loss, dulling coat, black patches of skin, cold intolerance and/or weight gain.
- Cushing's Disease - Other signs are increased thirst, bloated stomach, increased appetite and/ or thinning coat.
- Diabetes - Other symptoms include increase in both thirst and urination, being more hungry than normal
and/or weight gain even if extra food is not ingested.
Because of this, if your Pug appears to miss her heat cycle and shows any clinical signs of a possible health problems
, it is best to have her evaluated by the veterinarian as soon as possible.