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I have a non spayed 14 year old ShiTzu who had not had a

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I have a non spayed 14 year old ShiTzu who had not had a heat for 2 years and recently started spotting blood. I took her to the Vet and was told after blood tests and examination that they did not think it was a heat. It has now been at least 20 days of spotting and I don't know what to do. She seems to feel good and is eating, drinking fine. She also has been recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure and is on Vetmedin and Lasix. The Vet suggested I have a $300. ultrasound done, but I am on Social Security and have to watch my money very close.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear Satara has been spotting for so long at her age!

My first inclination is to do a urinalysis on her because the spotting might be related to a surge of hormones but she also might have a urinary tract infection. Even though the bleeding is not related to her urination it is something that should be ruled out and an easy fix if this is related to a vaginitis or bladder infection.

I would try increasing her water intake at this point. You can do this by supplementing the dry food with water and flavoring the water (maple syrup or salt free broth for example) as well. Increasing the water intake will help "flush" out the bladder.

Collecting a first morning sample in a tupperware container and refrigerating the sample if more than an hour old to have your vet evaluate the sample will help determine the cause of the blood in the urine.

I would urge your vet to run a urinalysis first and foremost but also consider doing a vaginal swab for bacteria which can be related to a hormone surge as well causing her to show symptoms of being in heat.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

I apologize I am not online between 9 pm - 9 am MST and often not during the day because I am seeing patients. I can definitely assist you further in this question. I am off to work now but will be back later this afternoon if you respond in any way...I can assist you regardless of whether you rate the question but it would be appreciated to be compensated for my assistance thus far