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WHY DOES MY DOG HAVE SWOLLEN VAGINA

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WHY DOES MY DOG HAVE SWOLLEN VAGINA?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 5 years ago.

Hello,

 

How old is your dog? Is she spayed?

 

How long has she been swollen? Is she licking there?

 

Any changes in urinating? Does she scoot/ drag her hind end on the ground at all?

 

Christine

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
MY DOG IS 2 YEARS OLD.NO SHE'S NOT SPAYED.SHE'S BEEN SWOLLEN FOR 2 WEEKS.YAP SHE'S LICKING DOWN THERE.NO CHANGES IN URINATING.SHE DOES NOT SCOOT HER HIND END ON THE GROUND.
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 5 years ago.

She's in heat. As they get older, their vulva swells more and more with each heat. Some dogs have bloody discharge for the 3 weeks they are in heat. Some have what we call a silent heat with no discharge apparent. You can check for discharge by trying to stop her licking for 10 min then wiping a white tissue down the center of her vulva, top to bottom. Between the folds. You may see discharge then.

 

The swelling this badly should last at least 3 weeks, but may not return completely to normal as she ages. It will swell more with each heat, which can occur every 6 months to 1 year in most dogs.

 

Let me know if I can help further.

 

Christine

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