Lila - 11mo 75lb Betnedoodle, just finished her first heat cycle about a week ago. During her cycle she was a little lethargic but we did not think much of it. She started her cycle April ,6 or so and that lasted till about the 20th. Now she has been done for a good week (we sort of know based on the fact that she has had zero discharge in almost 2 weeks and other dogs are not overly interested in her scent).
The thing is, her energy is still low. Well not her energy so much as her stamina. One or two fetches and she is panting and crashed. And it is not hot weather either. This is happening on cool days. She used to be good for a good twenty minutes of activity, now one or two sprints and she is DONE.
No other issues. She is happy and eating and sleeping well.
Do you think this is just a temporary post heat thing, considering we are still within a 4-week time frame, or do you think that she actually lost her conditioning? Or something else? And no, while in heat she had very limited exposure to other dogs and was literally not out of our site for even one second.