When Do Dogs Stop Going Into Heat?

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July 29, 2012

Portrait of a female golden retriever.How old is a female dog when she stops going into heat and menstruating? I have a 7 year old that can not be de-sexed due health issues and the operation is too high a risk.


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July 31, 20123 found this helpful

This is a great question! Dogs never stop going into heat although as they get older it may become less frequent. Even if she didn't go into heat for a year or more she will eventually go back into heat.

I feel badly she can't be spayed. Here's an explanation of what could happen if she has never been pregnant (posted by a DVM) so keep an eye on her the older she gets:

"After years of heat cycles without getting pregnant, the lining of a dogs uterus gets thicker and less pliable. Cells in that area may become inflamed, and potentially lead to a deadly bacterial infection called pyometra."

July 31, 20120 found this helpful

Your Veterinarian will answer this question. Why could she not have been de-sexed before she came into her first cycle?


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July 31, 20121 found this helpful

#FARSTAR - To answer your question - I saved the dog at 3 years old. All i know is that she had been de-barked & has such severe scarring in the throat that no tubes or anesthetic can be used - as she may die. I have given her a safe & happy life - free from males & of course spoil her to bits - she is content & full of joy. I am hoping that her health stay's good for the rest of her life.


Thanks for your interest.

August 2, 20121 found this helpful

Sorry but you never stated your dog had been de-barked and left with "scarring" throat tissues. The Veterinarian in question needs to refresh their University degree. You get points for giving her a safe happy home. Hope you don't have the same Vet.

July 23, 20180 found this helpful

I have a 9yr old female when will she stop becoming in heat

June 9, 20191 found this helpful

Until she is spayed or is no longer around. She can be 20 and will still go through her cycle.

August 12, 20190 found this helpful

She is a rescue they dont know how old she is they figure about eight thats why I believe the previous owners didnt have her spayed she was left out on the streets.

October 6, 20190 found this helpful

What is the percentile of dogs that get thickening of the uterus and the bad infection?

January 30, 20200 found this helpful

My pomeranian is 14 and just went into heat. Both of my pomeranians have trachea problems so surgery is dangerous

June 11, 20211 found this helpful

Did you notice how she said that the dog had health issues! I also have a dog like that and the surgery would kill her. Stop being a jerk.

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August 10, 2019

My girl is 14, and has not had a menstrual cycle for about 2 years. It got shorter and shorter then stopped completely!

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August 10, 20190 found this helpful

My understanding is dogs do not go through menopause like humans and if she has been in heat and it stops that that is not normal and should be checked out by a vet.


That your gal has not had one for two years is odd...if the vet hasn't weighed in, I would ask.

Please post back with an update! Sweet pup face!! Prayers for health!


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August 10, 20190 found this helpful

Dogs eventually stop going into heat. They are capable of breeding long into maturity


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August 11, 20190 found this helpful

She seems to be in what vets call the 'silent heat' as the seasons do not actually stop but may not be noticeable. She could still get pregnant.


Comments from vets:

"Either when she's spayed or when she dies. Unspayed, a female never goes through doggy menopause and keeps going into heat until she's dead."

"Never. Dogs do not go through a dog form of menopause. As they get older their heats will still come, not clockwork like before but they will continue to have heats until they die or are spayed."

It is very important that you take your girl for check ups on a regular basis so your vet can spot health issues before they become serious.


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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Unless a dog is fixed they should go into heat 2 to 3 times a year. I would call your vet and make an appointment to have your dog checked out. If you never fix the dog the dog will always go into heat until they die.


I had both of my females fixed because I did not want to deal with the heat cycle that lasts up to 30 days.

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