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Should a female dogs genital area be swollen when she is in heat

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 9 years ago.

Hi Nancy,

Yes it is normal for the Vulva to swell when your girl is in heat:

However, it should not be red, irritated or painful to her.

Some dogs get vaginitis:

You should see a vet if she has symptoms of that.

Otherwise she should be fine.

Warmest best wishes,


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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Terri Riba's Post: Thank you for the care, concern and your answer.


Expert:  Terri Riba replied 9 years ago.

Dear friend,

You are very welcome. It is my pleasure to help someone as lovely as you and your sweet baby.

I will always be here for both of you.

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