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Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
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Why is my female dogs vagina very swollen and puffy

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Why is my female dog's vagina very swollen and puffy?



Is your dog spayed?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
No, she is 9 months old.

Your dog is likely in heat.


During the estrus (heat) cycle, the vulva becomes very swollen. And since she's just at the right age for her first heat cycle to begin, I'd be willing to bet my last dollar that's what she has going on.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Does it also imply that she will have a period soon?

Yes. Dogs generally begin bleeding about a week or so into their heat cycle. You may not even notice that she's bleeding, as some dogs are incredibly good about cleaning themselves.


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
One last thing, how long will her heat cycle last. Thank you in advance for all of your help!!!
Heat cycles can last as long as 3-4 weeks from beginning to end. It's impossible to predict how long your pups will last, but I don't think it will be too horrible, since it's her first one..maybe only 3 weeks or so.
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