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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 8 year old female spade Shipoo has had bleeding from the

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My 8 year old female spade Shipoo has had bleeding from the vulva 3 times in the last 6 months. They have done x rays blood work and a urine culture and cant figure out what it is. no blood in her urine . they said it could be a cancerous mass ...
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Stepanie, a cancerous mass is a consideration but so is the ovarian remnant syndrome - leaving a tiny piece of ovary in the abdominal cavity following spaying. Has Mia's vagina been scoped with either a flexible or rigid scope (not an otoscope - a scope used for ears which can't "see" the anterior vagina or cervix)? A vaginal cytology looking for estrogen influenced vaginal cells and a negative LH (luteinizing hormone) serum level will identify the ovarian remnant syndrome.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what course of action should I take? And how is ovarian remnant syndrome treated?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Make sure that the easy diagnostics of a vaginal cytology and serum LH test are performed. If the ovarian remnant syndrome isn't present, a specialist veterinary internist (please see here: www.acvim.org) can use a proper scope to investigate Mia's vaginal vault and if nothing untoward is seen, abdominal ultrasound - which is more sensitive than X-rays - should be considered to evaluate both Mia's urinary and remaining genital systems. You'll get to the bottom of this with a proper and methodical examination. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I cannot talk . thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.