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My dog is in heat and her vulva is big and swollen, her inside

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My dog is in heat...
My dog is in heat and her vulva is big and swallon, her inside looks like it's coming out almost like a ball.. is this normal
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Scott, Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
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Hello there,

How large is the tissue mass you are seeing?

Is the dog able to urinate correctly?

Is the dog licking the area?

What color is the tissue?
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

Hello,

 

The ball is almost about the size of a golf ball, she is urinating normal, and afterwards she licks herself - the color on it is pink, and sometimes it has bits of red on it since is leaking.. her menstrual I'm assuming ..

 

She has been bleeding on and off not much for about 8 days now and about 4 days ago the ball was starting to show..

Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Scott, Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
The swollen vulva is normal. If the protruding tissue is pink, you may be seeing an enlarged clitoris. It is not normal, but does occur. If the dog excessively licks it, it can get raw and infected. Dogs can also get a prolapsed vagina. When this occurs, the tissue will be very red, the dog will be in pain and it is an emergency situation. Here is picture of an extreme case:

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If the tissue you are seeing looks anything like this, she should be examined to be sure you are just seeing an enlarged clitoris. If so, there will be no treatment needed.
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