dog has irritated genital area
Our son's dog ( a sharpei lab mix) has developed a darkening in the genital area and is licking herself alot more than usual lately...maybe in the last week or so. she doesn't seem to be in any discomfort and was altered as a pup...she is about 2 years old. we haven't seen any discharge. i was wondering if dogs continue to have cycles even after being spayed? could this be whats going on? any observations would be quite welcome.
Dogs no longer have heat cycles if the spay is done correctly.
Your dog possibly has a simple vaginal infection - easily treated by the vet.
A vet visit would probably be best to find out what is wrong with the dog.:)
Irritated genital area
I recently had a similar situation with my rescue ridgeback hound.
She was obsessing on keeping her genital area clean and would lick the area almost constantly. ALso she had a somewhat strong amonia type body odor. I took her to the vet and found -by xray- she had 9 bladder stones, each about 1/2 inch in diameter. Surgery removed them and she has fully recovered. The amonia smell would not be present in every case but I have had several dogs who have developed this condition and surgery has been needed in every case. A modification in diet and / or the addition of medication can keep this situation from reoccurring. I have a 6 pound toy poodle who had stones removed at 2 AM in emergency surgery11 years ago and she has been on a daily suppliment of Methoform (1/2 500 mg tablet) and I have her xrayed every two years no redevelopment.
Xrays are the cheapest way to eleminate a host of problems.
A spay procedure is the removal of both ovaries and the uterus. Done correctly there should not be any ovarian tissue left behind, and ovarian tissue is what dictates estrus cycles. If she was cycling then you would notice, usually, vulvar swelling and a vaginal discharge. This won't occur in all dogs, however, safe to say, most. Fortunately, this is not too common if you have a skilled veterinarian doing the surgery. Tests can be done to
determine if any ovarian tissue was left behind.
If your dog is overweight, then perivulvar skin folds can allow
yeast/bacterial infections to occur with various pigment changes. Likewise chronic bladder conditions can elicit the same type reaction. Do not overlook an allergic cause for this type of behaviour. Given the minimal information, I would investigate all possibilities.
Dr. Van Lienden
Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
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