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My dog is 10 days post c-section. She still has a black,

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My dog is 10 days post c-section. She still has a black, tarry discharge. No odour, no fresh blood, no increase in amount. Dog is eating and drinking normally. No fever. Just finished 7 days of antibiotics.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Caera
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Caera?
Customer: Dog is otherwise healthy. She had a difficulty pregnancy. One puppy died interuterine on August 13 and she had a threatened abortion. I maintained the pregnancy with Progesterone supplement. She had an emergency C-section on Sept. 1 due to dystocia. Has been on antibiotics since August 13, just finished them on Friday. Concerned because the black vaginal discharge has lasted more than a week.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Caera's placental sites haven't involuted completely. This can take up to 6-8 weeks even after a normal birth; I suspect it will be delayed by her c-section. Because this is considered within normal, no treatment is necessary unless discharge persisted past 6-8 weeks post-parturition. There's no reason to believe that infection remains after a month's worth of antibiotics. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.