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Experience:  Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
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My chihuahua has been licking her vulva excessively. Collars

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My chihuahua has been licking her vulva excessively. Collars and diapers don't work when I'm not home. Would it be effective if I applied Panalog twice daily before her walk, then kept her occupied for an hour after her walk, then washed her with warm, clear water. She would have the medicine on three hours a day and couldn't ingest it. Any advice would be very much appreciated. She's 7 years old, had a slight heart murmur, and is pretty healthy - a little over-weight but on a diet by replacing some of her food with canned, no salt string beans. Thank you so much. Cheers, ***** *****
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Her diet is 30% canned Evanger's Chicken and Rice with the other 70% being made of: 3 parts skinless roasted chicken, 1 part string beans, 1 part butternut squash, and 1 part cooked rice or oatmeal. Sometimes I add maybe 10 - 12 grams of cooked brocolli flower. I calculate the parts, in weight, on a kitchen scale.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Hi, I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help.Your approach to using Panalog is certainly worth a try. However, I suspect that more aggressive treatment may be necessary in this case, including some or all of the following:A careful veterinary examination of the vulva and vagina, to determine if there are underlying causes for the licking,This would include infections with bacteria and/or yeast, which might require oral antibiotics or antifungals,Also, oral steroids such as prednisone may be needed if there is excessive swelling.Surgical removal of some of the skin around the vulva may be needed if she's developed excessive skin folds due to obesity.Also, a urinalysis should be performed, since urinary infection can be a cause for licking of the vulva.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Lola. How is everything going?

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