Most common Diseases in Female Dogs

ACROMEGALIA: This disease is manifested by the enlargement of the bones of hands, feet and face; it is often accompanied by headaches and muscle pain and emotional disturbances. It is generally caused by overproduction of the growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumour).

AGALACTIA: This refers to a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered. It is usually caused by nervousness during the nursing period.

CYSTITIS: This is the Inflammation of the urinary bladder and ureters. This disease occurs a lot in dogs, both male and female, and in most mammals. The most common cause is a bacterial infection that is located in the genital tract or sometimes can be caused by excessive retention of urine. This often happens with dogs that are confined in one room or, when going off to expositions, are not able to urinate in unknown places.

DIABETES MELLITUS: This term refers to diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria, which is a renal disorder characterized by the production of large volumes of pale dilute urine.

ECLAMPSIA: This term refers to a toxic condition characterized by convulsions and possibly coma during or immediately after pregnancy. Consult your veterinarian.

MASTITIS: This term refers to an inflammation of a breast (or udder). It usually only affects one breast at a time although in more severe cases it can affect more than one. The usual symptoms are vomiting, fever, lack of appetite and many times abscesses form in the infected breast, to such a point that it is generally necessary to remove that breast. It is always best to consult your veterinarian.

METRITIS: This is a very serious inflammation of the lining of the uterus (of the endometrium). In many cases it can be fatal; the only way you can save the bitc's life is by conducting an ovariohysterectomy (surgical removal of one or both ovaries and the uterus).

PYOMETRA: Pyometra is a disease of the uterus in bitches. It is fast, can strike any intact female dog, and can often kill. For that reason it is worth being aware of. Pyometra is best imagined as being a bit like acute appendicitis of the uterus, the female dog's womb. The womb begins to shed layers, which easily become infected, they can stay trapped inside her body by the cervix, and after some time, the infection hits the body with devastating effects. The usual treatment has been an emergency spay, to remove the infected sexual organs, but as this prevents a bitch from breeding it is worth noting that some advances have been made in treating "pyo" with massive antibiotics for up to 40 days to bring it under control. Sometimes, for a prize dog, it is desired to get at least one litter from her before spaying, if pyometra happens suddenly before she has had pups. But this is risky and should not be done lightly. In any case, consult your veterinarian.

FEMALE DOG BREAST CANCER: It's pretty common for female dogs to get her as cancer, especially in those who haven't been spayed during their youth. The problem begins with the appearance of small nodules or lumps in the chain of mammary glands. Many of the tumors are actually benign, but some unfortunately are not, which means any mass must be removed. As is obvious, veterinarian control is a must.

VAGINITIS: As the name suggests, it is an inflammation of the vagina and usually associated with candidiasis (an infection caused by fungi). A common symptom is thick, creamy vaginal discharges, often smelly. Besides, the bitch frequently licks her vulva. This disease is very common in breed houses where they lack the minimum conditions of hygiene, and where the bitches are confined to small spaces where contagion is very easy. However, there is another form of vaginitis -- although this one is totally benign -- which occurs in young bitches before their first heat. The difference in this vaginitis is that it almost transparent and odorless and the disappears when proestrus starts, without any need for treatment.

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