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Hello. I am Dr. Tamie and I am here to answer your question about Mavis. I am reading your question and typing a response.
Mavis is old enough to come into heat. However, she may also have a skin infection around her vulva and that is causing her to be uncomfortable. Dogs also be uncomfortable in that area if her anal glands are full. These are 2 small glands on either side of her anus. Dogs typically express them when they have a stool. But if they don't the glands can become full and cause discomfort to the dog. Is she scooting at all or is she just trying to lick the area?