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I have an 8 yr old chihuahua unspayed female . She has been in heat, last 2 days sensitive to us touching her, she wants to be left alone, not eating or drinking. Now has blood discharge from vulva, more than her normal heat.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?

Chloe

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Chloe?

Three days ago before she stopped eating, she was throwing up, mostly just water, 1 time was a little watery and yellow

Veterinarian's Assistant: Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did Chloe eat anything unusual?

Not that I'm aware of. She seems like this is a very stressful heat cycle

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: jadedangel57, owner replied 10 months ago
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Hi JaCustomer,

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Unfortunately at this age, an older unspayed female is at high risk for pyometra (uterine infection). Pyometra generally occurs 60-70 days after a heat cycle. It is usually seen in older unspayed females but can be seen in any age. It is diagnosed by ultrasound showing fluid in the uterus. There are two types of Pyometra (open and closed cervix) Symptoms of open cervix Pyometra are a vaginal discharge that may be pus or bloody, lethargy, anorexia, increased thirst and urination, vomiting and diarrhea, and abdominal swelling though the dog remains fairly healthy due to the infection draining from the body. Closed cervix Pyometra symptoms are the same without much of a discharge, they appear very ill, there is usually weight loss and abdominal swelling and is much more extreme. Dehydration, shock and death can occur if not treated aggressively. Read about this here:

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/pyometra-in-dogs/915

Your girl has the symptoms of a uterine infection and should be seen as soon as possible since pyometra can be deadly. I hope I've given you great service. If so, I'd appreciate a 5 star rating. The rating should be based on my answer and not any site issue. Experts are not compensated until a rating is done. If you have any other questions at all, please reply here and I'll be happy to follow up with you even after you have rated. .

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going for you and your dog. I strive to provide the best answer possible. Did you find my answer helpful?.

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