This article is brought to you courtesy of the National Canine Cancer Foundation. More posts about Canine Cancer here. Vaginal and vulvar tumors are the second most common canine female reproductive tumor after those of the mammary gland.
In contrast, adult-onset vaginitis affects some spayed female dogs. Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina. Juvenile vaginitis occurs only in puppies.
If you're the loving owner of a female dog that has not been spayed, you definitely need to know the signs of your dog being in heat. A female dog of reproductive age that has not been spayed is called a bitch. Canine estrus, or heat, can occur at any time of year.
The first sign of a female dam coming "into season" is often swelling of the vulva. This swelling can occur a week before bleeding, or the day before. Other signs of heat are behavioral changes; your dam may start to hump other dams, or pups or even your leg.
Pet's info: Dog Mixed Breed Female spayed 12 years and 7 months old. An anal gland issue is likely what it happening here. He will need to have his anal glands expressed so that it does not abscess if bad enough.
Enter your postcode below to find your nearest Vets Now. Pyometra, also known as a pyo, is an infection of the uterus womb. Each time a female dog has a season — usually about twice a year — she undergoes all the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy.
You may notice your dog has a vaginal discharge or that the vaginal area is swelling. It could be that your dog is entering the estrus heat cycle, whereby swelling is often seen. This phase lasts approximately for three weeks and you must be aware your dog can get pregnant during this phase and that male dogs will be attracted to her.
It may look like a tumor or an impending prolapse and can be very unsightly and unpleasant to see. I have had a number of dog guardians rush their dog in believing that somehow the dog was having a miscarriage. In reality though what they are likely seeing is called vaginal hyperplasia. The most common sign of this condition is a mass protruding from the vulva.
Your dog may be experiencing an allergic reaction to a shampoo being used. If your dog doesn't respond to antibiotics or steroids, switch to a specially formulated sensitive dog shampoo. Vulva swelling occurs most often in dogs going into heat.