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female dog with enlarged vulva

Postby Ariel » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:33 pm

My female dog is three years old and over the past couple months her vulva has tripled in size. She is not spayed and has been in heat at least three times in her life. She is a house dog that is only walked outside to use the bathroom. What could be the cause of this??
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Re: female dog with enlarged vulva

Postby meezermom » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:48 pm

She is in heat! Usually the vulva gets very large when they go into heat and she is now receptive.....after she is over her heat cycle, you may want to consider getting her spayed. If she is not show quality, then there is no advantage to leaving her intact and many disadvantages! An intact bitch has a very high risk for breast cancer and pyometra. Both are life threatening conditions and very costly. Consider it please..........
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Re: female dog with enlarged vulva

Postby Jasmer » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:21 am

Yeah, have her spayed as soon as possible. You can't be 100% certain she won't get out by accident or manage to get away from you and then you wind up with a litter of puppies. You can usually get the procedure at an affordable price at a humane society spay and neuter clinic. It'll reduce her risk for a bunch of things and the only benefit to leaving her unspayed is puppies, and puppies are only a benefit if you're deliberately breeding her for specific characteristics. :)
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Re: female dog with enlarged vulva

Postby meezermom » Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:03 pm

If she has been swollen for a few months, she has a hormone issue and it will be fixed by spaying. So make that appointment and get it done ASAP. This is a health issue and she could be in danger...
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Re: female dog with enlarged vulva

Postby 1986 charlie » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:51 pm

meezermom wrote:If she has been swollen for a few months, she has a hormone issue and it will be fixed by spaying. So make that appointment and get it done ASAP. This is a health issue and she could be in danger...

i have a 10 month full breed staff, after her first season she wasnt her usual self, i toke her to her vets, which say she had a milk infection, put her on antibootics, which seemed to work, over the last few weeks her nipples have begun to swell again, small amounts of discharge are coming out when she wee's, i am not going to get her fixed as she is an amazing breed, mother winner of cruffs, kc registered, i am not wantinf her bred for money, just the satisfaction of other owners to recieve the loyal love which i have/am recieving from my adorable puppy, but is this normal????
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Re: female dog with enlarged vulva

Postby Dobestud » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:04 pm

If she's getting discharge from her nipples now it may be a false pregnancy. Have you noticed any other strange behaviour? (carrying her toys or other objects around and placing them in piles to "nurse" them, nesting behaviour etc?)
If so than I would be almost positive it's a false pregnancy, however since you mentioned she has previously had an infection in her mammary glands I would return to the vet as it seems quite odd she only lactates when she urinates.

(Another, although rare, possibility is than she may be coming back into season. Some dogs will season as often as every 4 months although the norm is every 6. A vet visit however is the best option for you for the moment to eliminate any serious health issues)
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