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English bulldog female not spayed. her stomach seemed really

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english bulldog female not spayed. her stomach seemed really bloated and hard. no pain or discomfort but it seems like she has liquid along side of her ribs
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the English bulldog's name and age?
Customer: gorda
JA: How old is gorda?
Customer: 9
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about gorda?
Customer: no not really
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Hello! My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

When was the last time Gorda was in heat?

Is she eating/drinking normally?

If you press your finger into the spot that seems liquid, does it pop back out, or does the indent seem to stay?

How long has this been going on?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
she was last in heat about 2-3 months ago. she seems to be more interested in drinking water rather than eating her dry food. she's eating about half the amount she normally does and drinking about double the usual amount.the spot pops back out like a pouch of water.i noticed about a 10 days ago but seems at time to be worsening. just noticed the liquid spot today.
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

With an unaltered female, the first thing we think of when we hear that she's lethargic and sick is pyometra.

The term 'pyometra' means pus in the uterus. This pus formation in the uterus results from infection, hormone imbalance or mucous buildup inside the uterus. Most dogs and cats suffering from pyometra are presented because of loss of energy, vomiting and/or diarrhea, increased thirst and poor appetite.

Pyometras can be either open (where the cervix is open and there is drainage) or closed (cervix is closed, no drainage, and dog is very sick). If your dog is licking her vulva I suspect it is open, but there is always the chance it will close. If she's not paying any attention to her vulva at all, then it's probably closed. From your description of the fact you're not seeing any discharge and there's no noticable blood in the urine makes me feel that this could be a closed pyometra...which, unfortunately, is more dangerous than an open one.

With an open pyometra, you probably wouldn't see anything on x-rays as the pus is draining out. An ultrasound would likely show a thickened uterus and fluid, but the x-ray isn't that good for detail like that. An open pyometra also might not show any changes in bloodwork, particularly early on. With a closed one you would expect an increase in white blood cells, but not necessarily early on, and of course, the only way to know for sure if she's got an increase in her white blood cells is through blood work at the vet.

My suggestion is to get your girl to a vet as soon as you can. If she does, in fact, have a pyometra and it is left untreated, it could very well rupture and kill her.

I hope this helps.