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I have a Chihuahua. She has been in heat 4 months. Is this

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I have a Chihuahua. She has been in heat for about 4 months. Is this normal
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

No, it is definitely not normal for a dog to remain in heat for 4 months.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

What are you seeing that makes you think she is still in heat?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She has been swollen since the first week of April.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She bleed for about the first week
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Are you seeing any discharge from her vulva?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Today she has been very nervious
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

How old is she?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
About 18 months old
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Was her April heat that the first cycle that you have observed?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I see. Although it is possible that she still has an abnormal influence of estrogen, it is more likely that you are seeing her new "normal". Her first heat cycle will cause swelling which may reduce after estrus, but she will never go back to her previous size.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Even after being spayed, her vulva will remain somewhat enlarged compared to her juvenile size. Your vet can confirm that she is not actively in estrus by checking a vaginal cytology under the microscope. Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.