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My pitbull has protuding vaginal and anal walls. I am not ...

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My pitbull has protuding vaginal and anal walls. I am not sure what is causing this. She did have pruding vaginal walls when she was pregnant but it returned to normal after birth. What is the best thing for me to do for my dog?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Nette,

Is there tissue protruding from the vulva or are you referring to the vulva itself as beeing extremely swollen?

Is there a donut shaped object or round shaped object protruding from either area?
Or is the area around the rectum swollen?

When was your females last heat cycle?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: Tissue is protuding from the vulva and rectum. The shape of the tissue is like a donut now, but when I first noticed it, it looked more like a halfway inflated balloon. The area around her vulva and rectum is swollen. Her last heat cycle was 9 months ago. This situation first happen when she was pregnant with her first litter which was 7 months ago.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Nette,

It sounds like your dog may have vaginal hyperplasia or uterine prolapse. During certain phases in a dog’s heat cycle, vaginal tissue may swell and protrude through the vulva and look like a tongue shaped object. It can also happen during pregnancy as well. This is seen most often in young intact female dogs. The breeds most commonly affected include the Labrador retriever, Chesapeake Bay retriever, boxer, English bulldog, mastiff, German shepherd, St. Bernard, Airedale, springer spaniel, walker hound and Weimaraner.

Symptoms are a protrusion of a round tissue mass from the vulva, Licking of the vulva, painful urination and not allowing breeding. If your dog can still urinate, it is not generally an emergency, but your dog should see the vet as soon as possible. If your dog can not urinate, then it needs to see the Vet immediately. You can read about this here:

It sounds like there might also be a rectal prolapse or a problem with the anal glands as well. You can read about these here:
It's possible your dog may be experiencing a rectal prolapse. You can read about that here.

It is important that any tissue protruding should be kept moist until your vet can be constulted. You really need your vet to look at your dog while this is occuring to determine the seriousness of the prolapse and best treatment method.

I hope you find this information helpful.