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i have a 9 year old female standard poodle who is swollen but not in heat

Hello Judy,
Sometimes females can become swollen but not show signs of being in heat. Its almost like a false heat. They go through all the motions of being in heat, but there is no blood.
Is she due to be in Heat? You might have missed seeing the blood.
A female will first show blood for a few days when beginning their heat cycle.  9-11 days after seeing blood, they will enter their Standing Heat phase where they will be willing to stand for a male and during this time they can be bred. This phase will last about 2 weeks, then they will go out of heat. Sometimes a female will clean themselves well and you miss seeing the blood. A females cycles may change as they get older also so that they aren't coming in on as regular of a basis as when they were younger.

If you suspect that there is trouble, please contact your Vet.

I wish I had more information for you. If you have other questions about this, or other questions in general, please feel free to ask me.

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Kim Wingate


I can answer general questions about Poodles. My specific area of expertise is Standard Poodles, but I will answer all questions about Poodles and dog related questions if I can. If I can't answer your question, I will be able to find information or someone who can.


I am a Dog Groomer and Dog Trainer, who has raised Standard Poodles for over 25 years. I can answer Housebreaking questions, Obedience/Training questions, Grooming questions, Breeding questions, and General Dog questions. I can also give SUGGESTIONS about general Health questions, but as I am not a Certified Vet, I cannot and will not diagnose illnesses. If you think that your dog is seriously ill, please contact your own Vet.

I am a member of the American Kennel Club.

I have worked at several Pet stores in my area, worked for a year as a Vet Tech, was an apprentice for a Dog Trainer, and have also worked at a Grooming/Showing kennel for several months. I have also raised, shown, currently train, and groom my own Standard Poodles, and have for over 25 years.

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