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I have a 3 year old female boxer that I just adopted, she was

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I have a 3 year old female boxer that I just adopted, she was spay on May 5th.
She is now bleeding a bit from the lady parts, not the inscision, not heavy just a few drops that I have seen on the floor and a small spot where she was laying down.
Do I need to be concerned?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 6 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today. I'm sorry for this concern for Zoey. I can think of several possible explanations for why you might be seeing a small amount of blood which is originating from her vulva and none would be terribly worrisome: 1. She could have a urinary tract infection which would require systemic antibiotics. If she were my patient, I'd want to check a urinalysis. 2. It's possible that she was close to coming into heat or was in heat when she was spayed and the discharge you're seeing is related to hormones which could still be in her system.If this is the problem, then I'd expect that her vulva might be a little swollen although it wouldn't necessarily be in all patients.But, the discharge should disappear within another few days. 3. It's possible, I suppose, that the source might be her anal glands (which would involve her anal area, not her vagina) which means that there may be a low grade infection present. I wouldn't be overly concerned about her but if you continue to see the discharge and/or she is having accidents in the house or asking to go outside more frequently, then a vet visit might be prudent. I hope this helps. Deb
Expert:  Jerry Swetnam replied 6 months ago.
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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}Hi there this is Dr. Scott. I would be glad to help by giving you some general information. Of course, this does not replace a relationship with a veterinarian. Bleeding from her “lady parts” brings two systems to mind; the reproductive and the urinary system. The reproductive system at this point would not include the ovaries and uterus as those have been removed. Of course, that is an assumption and there is always the remote possibility that some were accidentally left behind (possible, but unlikely). That would leave behind the more distal reproductive parts (vestibule, vaginal vault, vulva). Possible bleeding from these areas could indicate infection or possible tumors. If small parts of the ovary were left behind there is a possibility she is simply “cycling”. A vaginal cytology could help tell that. Otherwise, hormonal test (estrogen) could help determine as well. Urinary disease is also a rule out. Specifically, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common diagnosis. There is also a possibility of urinary bladder stones playing a role. A urinalysis and possible radiographs/ultrasound could help rule these out. If I had to pick the cause of intermittent bleeding from that area of the body in this case, I would put a few more poker chips here. Again, with out testing can’t say for sure. I hope this helps.Good Luck! Dr. S

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