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golden retriever: 10 year old..has had her heat cycle for 6-8 weeks

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Our 10 year old golden retriever has had her heat cycle for 6-8 weeks. She is fine other than she continues to bleed. Some days it is alot and others just minimal. Should she be checked or is it just old age?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 7 years ago.

Dear Mossgolensrule,


I would have her checked.


She may have a underlying utering infection. When they go into heat the uterine tissue swells, becomes fluid filled, and engorged with blood. When they go out of heat, sometimes some fluid remains in the uterus or uterine tissue. This is a good place for bacteria to grow.


The infections are most commonly seen when they have had a recent heat.


I do not want to scare you so I am just mentioning this and do think I am saying she has this. She could have a tumor in her uterus that is bleeding as well. It is important to make sure this is not the case too.


So yes, she should be checked.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
would I be able to check her with an outward exam? Would her stomach be distended or sore to the touch?
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 7 years ago.

No, you can not tell with an outward exam. She will have to have bloodwork or at least a microscopic exam on her vaginal drainage.


No, their abdomens do not appear distended or sore to the touch.