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What is Vaginal Prolapse?

Discovering a large mass of tissue protruding from a dog’s vulva is alarming. To those unaware of vaginal prolapse, the mass may appear to be a fast-developing tumor, or an in-process miscarriage. As unsightly as it may be, the condition of vaginal prolapse commonly occurs in female dogs that have not been spayed. Due to the action of the female hormone estrogen, the tissue of the internal vaginal walls swells and protrudes through the vulva, the external female genital organ. The mass is usually accompanied by vaginal discharge.

 In vaginal prolapse, the swollen, protruding vaginal tissue resembles what’s often described as a “donut-shaped” mass. While the primary cause of vaginal prolapse is estrogen stimulation, other causes include vaginal hyperplasia (a proliferation of the vaginal mucosa) and genetic predisposition. Other causes of prolapse are prolonged straining resulting from a difficult labor and delivery, or an interruption during coitus before mating can occur. Reluctance to breed may be a symptom of vaginal prolapse.

While the condition affects a range of dogs, breeds most commonly affected include Labrador and Chesapeake Bay retriever, English Bulldog, German Shepherd, St. Bernard, Mastiff, Springer Spaniel and Weimaraner. Predominance in certain breeds suggests that genetics plays a key role in the development of canine vaginal prolapse. 

When serious, vaginal prolapse may prevent urination. The condition is almost always diagnosed just before or during estrus (heat). While the outcome is positive for most animals, the chance of the condition recurring throughout pregnancy, or at the delivery is quite possible. Because breeding may place the dog at further risk for the condition, spaying the animal may be recommended.

Vaginal prolapse, a condition caused by the action of the female hormone, estrogen, occurs in young, unspayed female dogs.

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Symptoms of Vaginal Prolapse in Dogs

  • Protrusion of pink or red inflamed tissue from the vulva
  • Excessive licking of the affected area
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Resistance to mating, even during heat cycle

Types

  • Type 1 occurs when there is a slight protrusion, even though it does not exit the vulva itself
  • Type 2 is when the vaginal tissue protrudes through the vulvar opening
  • Type 3 hyperplasia refers to the donut-shaped mass, which can be seen externally

Causes of Vaginal Prolapse in Dogs

  • Genetics
  • Breed affiliation
  • Estrogen stimulation
  • Vaginal hypoplasia

Diagnosis of Vaginal Prolapse in Dogs

A veterinary consultation will be required for diagnosis of vaginal prolapse. The timing of the problem (during pre-estrus or estrus), and the typical appearance of the mass upon physical examination, will usually be sufficient for diagnosis. In an older female dog, a tissue sample is often taken to differentiate the condition from a cancerous growth.

Aside from the physical examination, your veterinarian may choose to perform blood tests and urinalysis to rule out the presence of other underlying conditions or infection that may be present.

Treatment of Vaginal Prolapse in Dogs

If your dog is experiencing prolapse but can urinate normally, the veterinarian may prescribe hormonal therapy. The prolapse may correct itself as this type of therapy can initiate estrus (heat). Topical creams will be prescribed if your pet is uncomfortable. With these therapies, vaginal prolapse is highly treatable and in many cases, can be reversed.

Unless the vaginal prolapse is blocking the urethra completely so that your pet cannot urinate, the condition is not a medical emergency. If your companion is unable to pass urine, she will likely require hospitalization, surgery to remove the blockage and enable an assessment of the prolapsed tissue, and if required, a urinary catheter will be utilized. Spaying is often suggested.

Recovery of Vaginal Prolapse in Dogs

During recovery, you must keep the prolapsed area clean and dry.  If tolerated, an Elizabethan collar may stop your dog from licking, chewing or biting the affected area; many dogs benefit from wearing a canine diaper to protect the area and make it less accessible for constant grooming.

The veterinarian will prescribe moisturizing ointments that will help prevent tissue damage. As a  pet owner, you must be vigilant so that the prolapsed tissue is not aggravated or damaged by surfaces or other animals.

Vaginal Prolapse Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

TROUBLE
Border Collie
18 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

See above description

i HAVE GONE TO THREE VETERNARIANS, AND STILL HAVE PROBLEMS. MY DOG, LESS THAN 18 MONTHS, HAS A PROLAPSED UTERIOUS. EVERYONE WANTS IT TO GO DOWN, IT IS NOT, GETTING WORSE AND IT IS NOW HARD FOR HER TO PEE. I AM AT MY WITTS END, AND NEED HELP. NO ONE WANTS TO SPAY HER NOW, BUT THINK THEY SHOULD BEFORE SHE DIES.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The longer a dog has a prolapse the less likely it will be able to be resolved without surgery. If you are unable to find a Veterinarian to perform a spay and correct the prolapse, visit your nearest Veterinary School as they would be your best bet for help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Colleges/Documents/colleges_accredited.pdf

My dog is experiencing prolapse but can urinate normally, what would you recommend for hormonal therapy? What type of hormone would be best to give your female dog after she has finished her heat cycle? Are the chances very good of your dog recovering from a prolapsed uterious on its own, without surgery intervention?

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Mae
West Highland White Terrier
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking swelling & vagina
Swelling in front of urethra

From the information you have provided, my 12 month old West Highland Terrier appears to have Type 1 Hyperphasia. Her first heat was at 6 months. She was desexed at 8 months. We are surprised that she has presented with this condition and wonder if there may have been some problem with the sterilisation procedure. If she had not been desexed she would be due to be on heat now, when she has developed the Hyperphasia. Our vet has diagnosed the condition as a 'growth'. Our son-in-law, doctor, suggested Hyperphasia .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mae had an ovariohysterectomy, vaginal hyperplasia would be unlikely as the swelling of the vaginal tissue is a hormonal response to the heat cycle from the ovaries; no ovaries no estrogen (although estrogen can be produced elsewhere in the body, it wouldn’t be in sufficient amounts to cause hyperplasia). There are other possible causes like prolaspe, tumours etc… which can cause a protrusion from the vulva; the best course of action would be to visit your Veterinarian for a check and until then keep the area clean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BB
Shitzu pekignese
12 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

vaginal prolapse

I have a female Shitzu, 12 years old now. She's a rescue dog so I dont know much about her life before her 5 years of age.
Last week she was on heat and experienced vaginal prolapse. The vet advised that she should be treated with antibiotics, kept the area clean, and the next day after it seemed better, he tucked the skin back and sewed her with stitches.
My dog is not spayed since I always kept her away from other dogs and I didnt want to risk with the anesthesia.
However the vet suggests that this prolapse will happen again next time she is on heat and I dont want her to suffer again. He suggests to spay her but I fear because of her age.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery in older animals carries an increased risk, but pre anaesthetic blood tests and perioperative care can reduce the risks involved. It is always best to spay females to prevent complications in later life like pyometra and mammary tumours. Recurrence of vaginal prolapse may also recur due to straining whilst defecating or urinating. BB’s overall health and blood test results will determine her suitability for surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

hyperplasia

i forgot to mention it was type 3 vaginal hypoplasia

Do not be afraid to have your older females spayed. My Adara was 14 and prolapsed. My Bella was 10 and had pyometra we did an emergency spay. Both of these procedures were very expensive and my regret was not having them spayed at a much younger age. Best wishes for your fur baby.

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Maggie
Shih Tzu
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

licking the area

I have a 14 year old shih tzu, today I noticed she has something protruding from her vagina, based on internet searches I suspect it's vaginal prolapse. She is licking the area, but she can urinate. It's not totally clear to me what the treatment is, I don't think it's severe at this point..... do I take her to the vet for antibiotics, or does this clear up eventually on it's own? I definitely don't want to put her through surgery, she is far to old, and a little frail.
Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated..


Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are two main possible causes for a mass protruding from the vagina: vaginal prolapse or vaginal hyperplasia; hyperplasia is unlikely given her age and breed. Small prolapses may be corrected digitally and held in place with a stitch, more severe prolapses would require surgery. I would visit your Veterinarian to check Maggie over to confirm the prolapse and to assess the possible options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kody
Chocolate lab
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive licking
Minor bleeding

I have been researching and trying to find out why my chocolate lab has been licking herself and sometimes bleeding from the vulva. We have never been able to look at what is causing the irritation because she is always hiding it from us. Today, I was able to lift her tail to see that there was a fleshy mass about the diameter of a nickel sticking out of her vulva. From what I have read, this is vaginal hyperplasia but it says that this happens when the female is in heat. My dog is 14 years old and she was spayed at 2 years. Could this 'vaginal hyperplasia' still happen to her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The permanent treatment of choice for vaginal hyperplasia is spaying which permanently corrects the problems; vaginal hyperplasia may occur for various reasons including ovarian remnant syndrome and hormonal imbalances. There are other conditions which may look similar like some tumours, prolapse among others; it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Labmaraner
1 Year
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Prolapse,

My dog is a one year old lab-wiemaraner mix. We noticed the prolapsed tissue about a month ago and hoped that it would resolve on it's own. Over about 2 weeks it got smaller and then turned into a large donut-shaped mass. We took her to the vet and they put the tissue back inside and tied her up. After 10 days we went back and they removed the tie. It has since returned to the worst I've seen it. She can still pee. They have said that we need to do a more expensive surgery. At this point it would be over $1200 put into this dog. Is there any chance that this will go away on it's own or is surgery the only option?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point, if the prolapse has recurred after it being placed back and sutures being placed; then surgery is the next option as it is not likely that the issue will resolve and Harley is at a high risk of infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a female with a prolapse and has carried pups due in a few days still has prolapse since breed will she delliver she has been fine with it the whole time no problems

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Memi
Boston Terrier
13 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mass coming from vagina

My 13 year old Boston Terrier has a mass coming out of her vagina I have never seen this before, this is the first time but it has gotten bigger this is her 5th day and I don't know what to do and can't afford surgery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are a couple of possibilities for that mass, and if she is not spayed, it may be related to a heat cycle. Since I cannot examine her or determine what the mass might be, it would be best to have Memi seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, see what the mass is, and let you know options for treatment for her.

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Jazmine
Bischon frise
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Previous prolapsed vagina
Frequent Urination
Crying

I have a 13 yr old Bischon Frise that. I came home from work last Friday to find some huge protrusion hanging from her vagina. I immediately called the vet and took her in. While there, I was informed she had open pyometra and she was not a candidate for surgery. After discussing the risks, he gave her an injection and sent us home with antibiotics. It has been 5 days and she has thrown up several times, but I have not seen any discharge!! She may be cleaning it for all I know. What is going on? Will she be alright or should I prepare for the worst?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery is the treatment of choice for pyometra, but in some cases (especially older dogs) surgery may not be an option for multiple reasons. Medical management and symptomatic treatment is carried out but it may take a few weeks. You would normally see discharge with an open pyometra, but as you said she may be taking care of that herself. As I mentioned, treatment can take time, but if she continues vomiting you may need to visit your Veterinarian for reevaluation and antiemetics etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

i have a 16 year old jack russell and i think she might have a prolapse and it bleeding

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Tia
mongrel
13 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My dog has a vaginal protusion she got it when in heat last year also but it only lasted 1 week this time its been 9 days and still no sign of goin back in it is bigger than last time and has started to smell really bad..i am terrified of her needing surgery because she is 13 and i lost a dog aged 11 through surgery..how long can it take to clear up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like vaginal hyperplasia which occurs during the heat cycle due to high levels of estrogen; the protrusion should reduce after the heat cycle is finished. Whilst it is protruding it is important to keep the area lubricated with an antibiotic ointment. Give it a few more days, but if it doesn’t improve visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/vaginal-hyperplasia www.msdvetmanual.com/reproductive-system/reproductive-diseases-of-the-female-small-animal/vaginal-hyperplasia-in-small-animals

My female chihuahua had a swollen vagina that stayed for months . She seem too have no problems but died

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Budz
spitz
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

protrution in the vagina

i think my dog has vaginal prolapse and the protrution is getting bigger. last december it started out to be the size of a grape but not it has grow to be the size of a small orange and ive noticed some pus in the area..what do i do?there are no vets in my area as of the moment, and i'm worried that it may become an infected wound.can i give her meds or something?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Budz I cannot determine if it is a prolapse or a vaginal hyperplasia; hyperplasia normally resolves after a heat cycle, but a prolapse would require veterinary attention. There are no medicines I can recommend to solve this issue; but you should keep the exposed area lubricated with an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin. You should visit a Veterinarian regardless of distance or cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My small 9 years old female dog had a swollen vagina that stayed there for several months . She seemto urinate okay . She finally died. She didn’t seem sick or anything but died

My Dog has Prolapse will she always have it in Every Heat? Had it last Heat and i didnt really know what it was becUse she is my first female i own ever! And thought it was Normal. She should be coming into heat here soon. What do you suggest? Obviously take her to the vet either way? But any possible chance of breeding her if it doesnt swell like a Prolapse?

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Rosie
Red heeler
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Intense licking of the vaginal area

Hi. I have noticed a pink mass at the beginning of the vaginal entrance in my spayed red heeler. She has been licking a lot and we suspect it may be a vaginal prolapse

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally conditions like vaginal prolapse or vaginal hyperplasia occur in intact females and maybe related to hormone levels during or after heat. Other causes maybe due to a tumour or trauma due to breeding difficulties (not applicable here) or scratching etc... I’ve added two links below to two other Vetary articles but I would recommend having your Veterinarian take a look at it; until then try to prevent her from licking it using an Elizabethan collar or just stopping her each time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/mass-protrusion-from-the-vaginal-area
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/vaginal-hyperplasia

My 9 year old is spayed and has vaginal prolapse. The vet I took her to has no idea what is causing it and did not feel a mass or other things that could be aggravating it. She noted to poke it back in using warm water and sugar, then lubricating it with a water based lube. She thinks that when the dog was spayed they may have left part of the ovary behind and is causing hormonal prolapse. Is using sugar on her lady parts safe?

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Coconut
American Eskimo
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puss
puss, blood, vaginal ball outside
puss, blood

My 8 yr old miniature American Eskimo suddenly had a ball hanging out of her vagina and we took her on Memorial Day, 5/28, for an emergency checkout by the vet. She was diagnosed with what they thought was probably "vaginal hyperplasia". They gave me meds and OB Lube, and instructed me to keep her clean and use lube to keep moist. Only thing is the lube gets all over when she lays down. I took her back about a week later because I was concerned with the smell and that it was pussy and bloody (maybe because she was in heat, or maybe because the ball was irritated). They looked at it again and said that it was still ok, that it sometimes takes up to 21 days to clear and go back inside the vagina. At one point she said "unless it is a tumor" , but wouldn't they know the difference? So it has now been 12 days and still no sign that it is clearing up. I bathe her a lot because of the smell and how the puss gets all over her fur. Is there anything else I should be doing? Is that smell and puss normal? So will it just suddenly shrink one day and go back inside? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Coconut. It can be difficult to tell the different between hyperplasia and a tumor, but if she is not spayed, it could be either. Hyperplasia should have resolved by now, as it typically happens with hormonal changes. Pus is definitely not normal, and she may need further care, or antibiotics. Since I cannot see her, it would be best to have her re-examined by your veterinarian, as they can advise you on what the next best step is.

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Bb
Shih Tzu
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Prolapse
Hyperplasia

Medication Used

Clavaseptin

My 12 year old shih tzu has been suffering from vaginal prolapse. Today we made a cardiogram to check her heart beat if it was suitable for spay in order to avoid this prolapse happening again. Her heart beats was 90 beats per minute and the doctor found some Evi blocks on her cardiogram. He gave her an atropin injection but she was not responsive. Would you proceed in spaying her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Regular heart rate in dogs is between 70-120 bpm so BB is in the middle of this range. For first degree AV block, the surgery would be surgeon’s choice based on other aspects of physical examination and pre anaesthetic blood tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bb
Shitzu pekignese
12 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal prolapse

Medication Used

Antibiotics

After vaginal prolapse, my 12 year old not spayed Shitzu has not recovered completely from antibiotics and the stitches and is still swollen there. My vet suggests a second cycle of hormones until the next time she's on heat if I'm not ready to spay her now due to my fear of the risk of anaisthesia since she's 12 years old. Even if he told me he will perform blood tests and all I'm still afraid to spay her and I don't know how much the second cycle of hormones will help her or how much damage it will do to her. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend going ahead with the surgery as although there is an increased risk of anaesthetic complications, the overall increase in risk is negligible in older dogs which have gone through the required pre anaesthetic and perioperative care. There is an interesting article I’ve included below on anaesthesia in older animals which should help to put your mind at rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3113863

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Macute
Local philippine dog
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have this a yr old female dog and its her first time to have her menstruation,unfortunately, on her 2nd day mass of tissue from her vagina begin to come out and until now she's on her 6th day already the mass of tissue is still there iut of her vagina. Is this the prolapse? I can day its quite big now and my dog begin to get irritated. She constantly lick it and now affects the way she urinate. Is there any other possible way to treat that prolapse aside from surgery? I know surgery is very costly and i can not afford that as of now. I dont have a job and if theres other way aside from surgery it will be a great great help. Thank u so much. God bless.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Macute. Without examining her, I cannot tell for sure if that is a prolapse - it may be a prolapse, but it may be hyperplastic tissue that will resolve when she isn't in heat. If she is having problems like this already, she should be spayed to prevent further problems as she gets older. You will need to take her to a veterinarian to assess whether this is a prolapse, or hyperplastic tissue.

My dog has prolapse and prggnet will she have pups

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Coco
Rottweiler
9 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Prolapse

Hi Dr. my 9 month old rottweiler has something protruding out her vagina the size of a golf ball , can she be saved to mate at a later stage . I would really want to save her from getting spayed, so please advise me what to do .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Coco has vaginal hyperplasia which is a response to hormones during her heat cycle; spaying the treatment of choice for this condition but you may treat it symptomatically with an antibiotic ointment to keep it lubricated (so it doesn’t dry out) and wait for it to resolve at the end of her cycle. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/vaginal-hyperplasia www.msdvetmanual.com/reproductive-system/reproductive-diseases-of-the-female-small-animal/vaginal-hyperplasia-in-small-animals

My dog has this and she has almost biten the tissue off of her

Words really don't describe how enraged I am right now. After reading this, I decided that my Akita puppy's VERY minor (type 1 or maybe mild type 2) prolapse wasn't life threatening issue, so we treated it at home with antibiotic ointment we had from a previous visit and kept it clean. This morning she developed a laceration and began to bleed out. At the animal hospital I explained the story and was treated like a monster and an idiot for not immediately taking my dog in for treatment! She's in surgery now and I don't know if she will make it...

Let me make this CLEAR, because the apparently licensed vet has yet to say this: vaginal prolapse is a POTENTIALLY FATAL condition if a laceration occurs! Take your dog to the vet IMMEDIATELY.

Oh, and it HAS TO BE pushed back inside by a vet too, it WILL NOT go away on its own!

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Kiera
American Stafforshire Terrier
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have a 2 year old female American Staffordshire terrier who has been diagnosed with a prolapse uterus from her first heat cycle, it hasn't worsened stayed the same each cycle. Is breeding even an option? Are there any risk ? If yes, what could happen ? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Kiera had a prolapse already just during a heat cycle, then there is a very high chance of dystocia during whelping which most likely would end up in a caesarian section. I wouldn’t recommend breeding her and I would have her spayed too; but you should discuss this with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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