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What is Bleeding From the Vagina?

Your unspayed female dog will go through two to three heat cycles on average per year.  Being in heat is the most common reason for vaginal bleeding, but there are other medical conditions that may cause your dog to bleed from her vagina.  However, you should try to determine if the bleeding originates from the vulva or is in your dog’s urine.  Additionally, your dog may eliminate bloody diarrhea, which may appear to come from her vagina.  

  • Estrus cycles (heat cycle)
  • Pyometra
  • Miscarriage
  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Tumors of the vagina

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Why Bleeding From the Vagina Occurs in Dogs

There are a few reasons why your dog may be bleeding from her vagina (vulva).  Blood in the urine may indicate a urinary tract infection but differs from blood that passes from the vulva.

Estrus Cycles

Unspayed females will go through two to three estrus cycles annually, also known as going into heat.  A heat cycle lasts two to three weeks and begins as spot bleeding from the vulva.  Your dog’s vulva will also become swollen, and she may urinate more often than normal.  Her excessive urination is meant to attract male dogs.  Estrus cycles are not a medical condition but a natural reproductive cycle in dogs.

Pyometra

Pyometra is a medical condition that may arise during an estrus cycle and is an infection in the uterus.  Pyometra is a serious, life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment.  As your dog’s hormones change during her heat cycles white blood cells, which prevent infection, are not permitted into the uterus.  The uterine lining will grow in anticipation of pregnancy.  However, if pregnancy does not occur within several consecutive heat cycles, cysts can start to grow within the thickened tissue and create an ideal environment for bacterial growth. Without the white blood cells present to combat the bacterial growth, your dog can develop a uterine infection.

Miscarriage

Your dog may become pregnant during her estrus cycle, and after a few weeks, her body may abort the pregnancy due to a number of reasons.  Miscarriages will often result in excessive bleeding from the vagina where your dog may pass the placenta and other tissues.

Vaginal Inflammation

If your spayed female is experiencing vaginal discharge that contains blood, she may be suffering from vaginal inflammation or vaginitis. Additional symptoms of vaginitis include frequent urination or difficulty urinating.  Your dog may also lick her vulvar area more frequently and scoot her bottom across the floor.  Vaginitis is usually caused by an infection or foreign body and can affect any female at any age although prepubescent and older dogs appear more predisposed. 

Vaginal Tumors

Unspayed females are more likely to develop vaginal tumors as they age. Most vaginal tumors are benign, or non-cancerous and can cause vulvar bleeding as well as blood in the urine, vaginal odor, and difficulty giving birth. 

What to do if your Dog is Bleeding From the Vagina

You should take you dog to the veterinarian if she is bleeding from her vulva and you believe she is not in heat.  Your vet will perform a complete physical examination and ask you when you first noticed her symptoms.  The vet will also ask you about the quantity and quality of her bleeding; for example, if your dog is spotting or hemorrhaging and if the blood is thick, thin, or accompanied by other discharge.  The answers to these questions will help your veterinarian make a diagnosis, but additional testing may also be conducted to rule out other conditions.  

Your veterinarian may take a vaginal swab to test for bacterial infections associated with urinary tract infections of vaginitis.  Tissue samples collected from your dog’s vulva may also be examined to determine if any tumors may be present.  If your vet finds tumor growth, a CT scan or X-ray will be ordered to determine location, size, and possible metastases.  Typically, surgery is conducted to remove the uterus and ovaries as well as the tumor growth.  Radiation and chemotherapy may be utilized to destroy any hidden cancer cells and prevent a reoccurrence of tumor growth.  Dogs are far more tolerant of chemotherapy than humans are and experience less illness and hair loss.  However, some breeds of dog are more susceptible to hair loss, including English Sheepdogs, Lhasa Apsos, Maltese, Schnauzers, Shih Tzus, and Poodles.

Prevention of Bleeding From the Vagina

Many of the medical conditions associated with bleeding from the vagina can be prevented by spaying your dog.  Spaying your dog will also end future estrus cycles and prevents contribution to the dog overpopulation.  Pyometra results from hormone changes associated with consecutive estrus cycles not resulting in pregnancy.  The treatment for pyometra calls for an ovariohysterectomy (spay), but this can be a complicated surgical procedure when your dog is fighting a bacterial infection.

Bacteria can also grow in the urinary tract and infect your dog.  Giving her access to clean water and the opportunity to eliminate her waste frequently will help prevent bacterial infections that might lead to vaginal inflammation.  

Unfortunately, you may not be able to prevent tumors from growing in your dog’s vagina, but early spaying can significantly reduce the risk of developing tumor growths and cancer later in life. 

Cost of Bleeding From the Vagina

The cost of treatment for your dog’s bleeding from her vagina depends on the underlying medical condition.  For example, treatment for vaginitis can cost around $750 whereas pyometra can cost around $1,200.  Still greater, treatment for tumor growth can cost around $7,500.

Bleeding From the Vagina Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chloe
French Bulldog
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding

Medication Used

antibiotics

My Frenchie was spayed at 5months. She has been bleeding (spotting) almost daily since then. I took her in a month after and the Vet suggested some medicated wipes. It didn't work. We went to the Vet again (5 months later) last week as the bleeding has not stopped. She put Chloe on antibiotics. She's been on them for a week and she is still bleeding. I have not noticed a change in her behavior, eating habits, potty, etc. She is the same happy dog. Why is she bleeding and what do you suggest?

We have a 12 yr old Papillon and she s bleeding and passing blood clots. This has been going on for at least a week. The clots just started

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Fenway
French Bulldog
9 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

vomiting bio and started bleeding

My french bulldog is 9 months old saturday early morning she started to vomit every few hours today the same except not as bad but she still doing it then at 1 am this morning I noticed blood not sure if its a heat cycle this early or not?

Took my dog to the vet with those symptoms last week and it was a urinary infection. My girl declined very quickly after the vomiting. She ignored her food and only drank water. When I brought her in and the vet looked her over he said it was a urinary infection and it was affecting her kidneys. It could have put her into kidney failure had it gone untreated.

She’s still not 100% but she’s eating again after antibiotics. Lots of things make dogs throw up. Girl dogs do go into heat, but if you’re not sure if it’s heat blood or an infection you should take her In. In my case saving her life was under $200 bucks.

My dog has randomly began bleeding from her private area. I cleaned her several times and even gave her some antibiotics. She’s still bleeding and the antibiotics were to treat uti. But regardless if she needs to urinate the blood has been consistent for an entire day. Have you guys ever expericenced this with a spayed dog? She’s 8-9 yrs old

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Cassie
Mixed
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

Medication Used

Amoxicillin
Clavunate potassium

I have a female dog about 8-9 yrs old. She recently started bleeding from her private area and I’ve cleaned her several times. I also gave her an antibiotic from her vet, but it still hasn’t cleared the bleeding. It’s still consistent and she has been spayed since a pup. I don’t know what to do at the moment the cost to visit the is too much at the money have any of you guys experienced a similar situation?

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Maybel
akita malamute mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

excessive vaginal bleeding
started light went to dark blood

My dog Maybel has been bleeding for about a month now, and is 13 years old, over this time her blood has been going from a light red and is getting darker to like a dark red that you would get from a shark attack but it is a consistent drip and she has been eating less I'm trying to figure out what's going on before my dad takes her and puts her down. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with this or not but recently we got a 5-year old teacup chihuahua in the house when my brother moved in and that chihuahua has tried to take over and with my brother and mothers help has. This (excessive vaginal bleeding) started about 5 weeks after the chihuahua got here.

Hi what did you find out when you took Mabel to the vet? Our dog is displaying the same symptoms as you described.

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Nina
pitbull
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My dog nina,shes one, had her first heat in may today in August she started bleeding again. Is it normal to have a second heat this close together? She doesn't seem uncomfortable or like shes in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for blood dripping from the vulva which may include heat cycle; but other issues may also result in blood including urinary tract disorders, hormonal conditions, trauma among other causes. Dogs (like humans) may cycle quicker or slower than normal, but I would check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shakira
Toy or Miniature Poodle
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding

Our dog has been bleeding for the past 4 days now. One week ago she started licking her vigina but not bleeding. Until 4 days she has sporadic bleeding but in large quantities. It's concerning to us since she's 16 years old and little less than 5 pound dog. Sometimes she has blood clots and many other times it's just liquid blood. Aside from this condition she's still eats, drinks water, I take her for walks and looks like she's doing just fine but we would like to get an opinion on this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Shakira may have an infection, or a tumor that needs to be treated. This is something that she needs to be seen by a veterinarian for, as soon as possible. They'll be able to find out what is going on and get her started on treatment. I hope that all goes well.

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Zenda
Golden Retreiver
15 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

Medication Used

CBD

My Golden Retriever Zenda, (unspayed) started dripping last Wednesday while on a trip. I noticed a lot more blood than usual the following day after I picked her up. A friend had her at his home the night before so I asked if she had been bitten or anything happened. (like sex) My friend said no but he also noticed a small spot of blood when he let her out to pee. Her Vagina was red with blood and it scared me. She bled on the towels etc. I put out for her. She is not in pain but still, itlooked scary. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. She has a lump next to one of her teets and her other nipples started looking inflamed. I gave her mega doses of CBD and and after 2-3 months the lump reduced in size to less than half. I was amazed. She is 15 years old and sleeps a lot. In the morning she is full of energy but it doesn't last long. She also has nearly lost her ability to use her hind legs except for slow walking. This is my 3rd Golden. I know they don't show it when they are in pain but she just seems tired. (old?) She is still bleeding but not as much. She seems to be more attentive/ feeling better (?) since she has been home after our trip. I give her a bath and cleaned her privates. Cleaned the dried blood and now it has started bleeding again. It does't seem to bother her except she lickes herself. My biggest concern is that eventually she will succumb to the cancer or something else. (maybe she has cervical cancer now?) Our Vet in Mexico said she is too old to do surgery. What will make her feel better? Antibiotics? Thank You!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important for you to take Zenda to your Veterinarian for another examination to determine the specific cause of the bleeding as it may not be related to the mammary lump. Your Veterinarian may also be able to prescribe for you pain relief to make her more comfortable. If Zenda has an infection, antibiotics would be useful as surgery may not be possible; again this would be something to discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Jack Russell Terrier
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody mucus

Our dog, Lily is an almost (in 6 weeks)eleven years old unspayed jack russell. We returned from Christmas vacation and noticed she looks thin (although she is eating),and is excreting a bloody mucus. She is acting normal and drinking. She does not have difficulty urinating or defecating but her feces is like mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, I don't have the funds for a vet vist at the moment. Should I have cause for alarm?

Worried Owner

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bloody mucoid discharge from the vulva of an unspayed dog is always cause for concern, yes. She may have a uterine infection that can become life threatening if not treated. She does need to see a veterinarian as soon as possible to be evaluated and get treatment. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam', that you might be able to take advantage of to have her seen and evaluated, so that you know more about whether she needs treatment or not. I hope that Lily is okay.

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Fifi
pit bull terrier
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My dog is a 3year old pitbul and she is 64 days pregnant and her water broke and she is bleeding heavily it's been a few hours and she has not given birth, what should I do ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Fifi is bleeding heavily, in that active red bleeding is happening from her vulva, she should be seen by a veterinarian. A small amount of brown/green discharge is normal, but bleeding is not. I hope that everything goes okay for her.

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Sasha
Boerboel
8 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eating less

My Boerboel is 8 Months old, she has blood drops dripping out her vagina it is a thin type of blood what do you recommend? She is still moving freely around in the hard but it is a concern as she is still a puppy and cannot be on heat

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Most dogs come in to their first heat cycle between 6-9 months, so she is old enough to be in heat, for sure. If you are not sure, it would be best to see you veterinarian, as they can examine her and make sure that she doesn't have a bladder infection or uterine problem, but that is a pretty normal age for that to happen. She can easily get pregnant in the next 10-14 days, if you're not careful!

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Magenta
Shitzu
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My shitzu is bleeding from her vagina, she is been like that for 4-5 weeks now. She looks healthy, eats, drinks, goes bathroom normal, poo looks healthy, urine has no blood, she doesn't seem to be in pain. She humps everyday her stuffy toy. She does ask for more atention than usual and leaks milk often. She is 10 years old, she gets mad only if we are on our phones while petting her. Blood is thin and spotty but frequent, no other discharge that I notice, she does trow up ones in a while but not often. I first think was Pyometra but she doesn't have all the symptoms of it, no bumps or inflation is noticed for other issues, what can it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for bleeding from the vagina which may include infections, inflammation (vaginitis), trauma, foreign objects, hormonal disorders, tumours among other causes; without giving Magenta an examination I cannot say for certain the specific cause but if she is letting down milk we can assume there is something hormonal going on (ovarian cyst or similar). If Magenta hasn’t been spayed, I would highly recommend getting her done to prevent other issues like pyometra in the future. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my girl Bella is 6 years now . I think she may be in heat, my boy is very interested in her, but normally when she is on heat I notice that she bleeds really red blood but this time it's only really light pinkish would this be the beginning of the bleeding or the end ? Thank you .

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Lufee
Alsatian
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

Female 5 yrs old Alsatian ,her heat cycle started 4 weeks ago...for the past 1 week she was bleeding quite heavily..the floor she sat was with thick dark/black red clots about the size of dollar coin.she seems to be licking her area more frequently..she is not eating well for the past 4 days as I am writing this.She looks tired.thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a dog to be bleeding from the vulva which may include aborted pregnancy, traumatic injury, hormonal imbalance among other causes; if there is a large quantity of blood you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as I am unable to examine Lufee. With the loss of appetite, it is more concerning and you should wait to see your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Athena
Pit bull
14 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Mucous
Vaginal bleeding

My female in tact pitbull has been bleeding from the vagina and for about 2 weeks. I would think that the lumps in her sides and bleeding at this age is probably not a good sign. She's almost never been to the vet, never really had any reasons. For this reason, I think we should just accept that she is old, probably sick, not in any pain, still bouncy and really a happy loved girl. Would u put her through a trip to the vet to find out and do tests and stress her out, or would u not? I'm really torn.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I do think it would be be worth a trip to see a veterinarian, as she may have a bladder infection or the early stages of a uterine infection. Uterine cancer is also a possibility. She may be able to have a simple treatment, though, as that can't be comfortable. Your veterinarian can look at her, let you know what they think might be going on, and you can weigh the risks and benefits of any tests or treatments that they suggest. I hope that Athena is okay.

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Disney
Dalmatian
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood

Our dalmatian has been spotting blood on and off ... it seems more after we go out for a walk . She is 6 months old now . And started a couple of weeks ago . Its not alot of blood just little drops . She is happy and eating and drinking well . No blood in the wee . And no issues with weeing . Im booking her into the vets this week to check her but im really worried if its something major our insurance will not cover it as ive just swapped over to petplan from tesco and petplan is still on the 4 weeks free plan .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Disney may be coming into heat, or she may have a bladder infection. Your veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to what might be going on once they areable to examine her. You'll need to consult with your insurance company as far as whether any possible tests or treatments are covered, but if she is coming into heat, spaying her will take care of that.

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Maddy
German Shorthaired Pointer
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vaginal bleeding
Blood In Stool

My dog who is completely potty trained (5 Yr old Female, German Short Haired Pointer) defecated all over the house this morning.. And i mean EVERYWHERE. I also see driblets of blood all around. I lifted her tail and i see bit of dry blood on her anus and vagina. not sure if the vagina part was just from it coming from the anus. Any idea what this is?? No change in diet or anything that i can think of unless she found something and ate it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Maddy is having diarrhea with blood in it, she needs to be seen by her veterinarian. She may have eaten something that you aren't aware of, may have an intestinal infection, or parasites. She should be seen today, examined, and treated. I hope that she is okay.

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Lia
Shih Tzu
8 Months
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood

20 minutes ago I was holding my female puppy and I saw on her vagina was a little blood. My brother showed me his pillow and told me there's blood on It. I don't know what it means she's also unspayed we also have a male dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for blood to emerge from the vagina, trauma from copulation is one of them; trauma, infection, foreign objects, tumours (probably too young) and other issues may cause bleeding. It would be advisable to clean around the vulva and keep an eye on her; it would also be best to visit your Veterinarian if the bleeding continues to try to find the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Savvy Forbes
German shepherd dog mix
20 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood from her Vigina

Medication Used

Medicine to stop the bleeding

My dog did have puppies from last week Thursdays night and she is still bleeding today. None stop what can make the bleeding stop or gives her medication to take

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Savvy is actually 20 years old, I cannot believe that she is still having puppies. She may have a tumor or uterine problem that needs surgery. She should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as she may need medical help. There is no way to stop the bleeding if it is related to a tumor or uterine problem. I hope that she is okay.

Our girl has dried blood around her vagina. Not noticed any spotting, nothing on the carpets or bed. She keeps licking the area quite a bit.
She is 18 months old. A rescue so unsure whether spayed or not?

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Tally
pit bull terrier
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from vigina

I just wanna know if it is normal for my 7 month old pitbull to be bleeding from vigina? It's pretty light bleeding but it drips while she walks and her vigina is swollen. Is this normal ? What should I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some spotting may occur while a dog is in heat, but is just spots of blood and not dripping (dripping sounds like a lot more than spotting); if Tally is spayed then it is certainly not normal at all. If she is spayed and bleeding or intact and has a lot of blood coming from the vulva you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Labrador Retriever
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blood
Bleeding

HI my Lab daisy gave birth three days ago, I noticed that today she is bleeding quite heavily? Is this normal? She is eating and taking care of her pups but bleeding. Is there anything I can do to help her?PL

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some bleeding post whelping is considered normal and may occur for days or weeks afterwards; you should get concerned if large amounts of blood is being discharged or there are signs of lethargy, white gums, fever, smelly discharge etc… If you are concerned, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tink
Pug Mix
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Bleeding
Not walking
Sad

today i came home. My kitchen looked like a my scene. My 18 month old pug is bleeding heavily. We do have a 12 month old male pug in the house to. Could it be that they mated, or more serious?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The amount of bleeding that you are describing would not be due to breeding, I wouldn't think. It would be best to have Tink seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine where that blood is coming from, and what treatment she may need.

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Stella
Chiweenie
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Weakness
Frequent Urination
Vaginal bleeding
change in behavior
Vomiting

I am working closely with a vet but since they are stumped I thought it couldn't hurt to ask other professionals. I am tapped out as far as money and I still don't have answers. My dog had a difficult labor that resulted in an emergency CSection and spay 2 weeks ago. Since then she has had many complications and scares including excessive vaginal discharge that went from clear to yellow to yellow green which to me indicated infection. She stopped producing milk for her puppies. She then stopped drinking water which we are still battling. Two days ago she started bleeding from her vagina. It was sudden and excessive. She was weak, faint, and I thought she was near death. I brought her to the vet for the 4th time since labor.(not including the er visits) They did a full blood panel and noticed her red blood cell count was low while her WBC had skyrocketed since surgery. Her gums are no longer pink and she couldn't stand on her own. They put her on stronger antibiotics and kept an iv in for fluids but they don't know why she was bleeding or why she threw up blood. Do you have any ideas that I can bring to them? She has two more appointments this week. But I can't afford to keep this up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what exactly may be going on here, infections and other conditions may affect whelping, the time after whelping and may affect different organs and body systems. An infection is a strong possibility in this case, I cannot cannot say with any certainty; further testing would be required and it would also be interesting to see the platelet count if in case there is a clotting issue. You should continue to work with your Veterinarian and possibly consult a Theriogenology Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/specialists/theriogenology/

That's pretty much what I expected to hear. Thanks anyway.

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Chevy
Rhodesian Ridgeback/ black lab mix
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My Rhodeshian Labrador is 4 yrs old and spayed. She has started to drop blood like urine in spots. She will specifically find a spot a drop the blood/urine there and then go to another spot and repeat the action. Should I be concerned? I am unsure if she is scent marking, and since she is spayed why?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That behavior is quite common with urinary tract infections or vaginal disease. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, check a urine sample, and recommend that best course of action, as infection can be very painful. I hope that she is okay.

My six-year-old German Shepherd Casey his had drops of blood here in near from her urine is it something

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Cookie
Shih Tzu
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding

My 16 year old Shih Tzu has been bleeding for 3 weeks now and it’s a lot more then her normal when she was in heat before. This is the first time In over a year she has had bleeding. She does have lumps in her nipples and has several masses on body . She eats and drinks good and appears her normal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Cookie has several masses around her body and lumps around the mammary glands you should have those checked at a minimum, intact female dogs are at a high risk of mammary cancer; as for the bleeding it may be a prolonged heat, trauma to the vulva, hormonal issues, tumours among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to be on the safe side especially considering her age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Xia
White Sheperd mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Prolonged heat
Spotting
Acting normal

It's my dog's first heat. She started bleeding on May 11 and it's been 3 weeks. I read that dogs usually stop bleeding when they are on their 3rd week but I noticed that her bleeding still hasn't stopped. I also noticed that there are no male dogs around. When my other dog had her heat, male dogs would gather on our lawn. Please help me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Xia has been bleeding for 3 weeks, she needs to be seen by a veterinarian. She may need an ultrasound to figure out what is going on, or you may decide to have her spayed to remove any problematic issues. I hope that she is okay.

Thanks, will get her checked by our vet. But is it possible for dogs to have their first heat longer than other dogs?

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Snowflake
Pug
10 Days
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My 10 year old pug is partially paralyzed in her back end (myelopathy). She can stand at times, but for the most part is happy to scoot her self around. In the last two days she has had blood coming from her urine. Since she is paralized she has no control over her bladder so she often "leaks" as she is scooting herself around. My problem is, we do not know how to keep her clean and not be sitting in her own urine if we put a diaper on her. But as of yesterday it was an alarming amount of blood with some small blood clots. I have no doubt she probably has an infection since she is constantly wet and dragging her back end on the ground when moving. We have a wheelchair for her but she can't lay down in it, so she prefers to lay on her blanket. If infection is treated, how can we prevent it from being a constant since she is paralyzed and will always be scraping, getting dirt, etc in the affected area. Could use some advice. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes there are no solutions, I cannot think of anything to help in this situation unfortunately; wheelchairs are useful for getting around generally but do have their limitations as you’ve mentioned. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as the likelihood of an urinary tract infection is high and Snowflake may require a cause of antibiotics. It will be a constant struggle to keep her back end clean to attempt to control infections and urine scalding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Severian husky
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Bleeding from vagina

My dog period started on August 3 on august16 she was still bleeding but very light and the male dog mount her, he mounted her the 16,17,18 and19 after the 19 she started to bleed a lot and know she’s bleeding really dark not as much but really dark, is that normal should I take her to the vet.
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some bleeding may occur after heat or even after copulation, however if there is excessive bleeding or there are any other issues it would be best to pop into your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side especially if there is still a lot of blood four days later. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggie
Pug
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My puppy started its heat cycle on 8th of july on 19th it was made to mate with a male pug its bleeding stopped after a few days but recently i.e from 5th of August it started bleeding again i.e there is a red discharge from its vulva. The discharge is less when compared to normal bleeding. Its just 7-9 red drops on a day. But since 10th August its vulva became red and appears to be inflammed. Usually if it was supposed to be pregnant it shouldn’t have bled .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You are right, bleeding during pregnancy isn't completely normal. Since Maggie has more than half of her pregnancy left, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay and see what might be causing the bleeding.

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Dakota
Neopolitan Mastiff
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding

Medication Used

Amoxiclauve
Enrofloxacin

My 6 year old mastiff has Pyometra she is on a strong dose of antibiotics. I have noticed that the blood she is expelling from the vagina has changed colour from brown and pus and offensive smelling to bright red and not as runny it's more stringy clot like now. Is this a good thing? Does this mean the antibiotics may be working? She is eating, drinking, peeing, and generally acting normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Rani, thank you for contacting us about Dakota. That is probably a positive sign that the infection is being controlled with the antibiotics, but it still isn't normal to be bleeding like that from her vulva. The only cure for pyometra is to have an ovariohysterectomy, and without having the surgery, she is prone to developing an overwhelming infection, sepsis, and this condition can be fatal. She should have a follow up with her veterinarian to discuss the surgery as soon as possible.

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Tanner
Chihauhau/Min Pin/Papillon Mix
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

thats it
No excessive licking
Not lethargic
Regular appetite
Drips of blood from vulva
Diarrhea

Medication Used

none

My dog is dripping blood, it isnt mixed with pus or other liquid but its less red than when she is in estrus. She had a heat cycle last month or the month before. She is also unspayed. She is 5 years old, a mix, and we know her sire had Testic cancer which he passed away from around 2 years ago. She isnt bleeding alot and i dont think she has been peeing more, but, she,has had diarrhea all today. I di not have the funds for an expensive surgery or treatment either, so im even more worries, please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tanner may have a uterine infection, a tumor, or a urinary problem. Since I can't examine her, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian. Many times, if we can catch these things early, they are much less expensive and easier to treat, and the cost of the examination will at least let you know what is going on and what your options are. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Star
Cane Corso
5 Months
Moderate condition
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I can’t tell if my dog is bleeding from the vagina or her anus but the blood looks like Jam and it’s just coming out of her while she walks or sitting down.she also won’t drink or eat anything.me and my siblings came to a conclusion that our older dog that is a cane corso might have tried to have sex with her but she hasn’t turned a year old yet so I didn’t think he would try to do that but I’m really worried and ,I want to know what could be wrong with her ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically if we see [raspberry] jam coming from the anus we think about the possibility of colitis; although clotted blood may also leak from the vulva as well, if it is leaking from the vulva it may be caused by trauma or gynaecological issues. Without examining Star, I cannot say the specific cause; a visit to your Veterinarian is needed to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jezzabell
Rottweiler Doberman
1 Year
Mild condition
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So I just adopted a 1 year old Rottweiler/Doberman I named her Jezzabell she was fixed about 2 weeks ago, fresh spat scar, and small blue tattoo, I just adopted her today and noticed she’s bleeding from her vulva, I used to breed dogs so I thought maybe it’s a heat...but she’s fixed. She’s bled all over my bed and floor lol. I don’t wanna kennel her cause I’m excited she’s finally home and not in a shelter, the vet that did her spay is closed for a few days, aparently the shelter had no clue she was bleeding. +insert eye roll+ it’s a thin and normal dark red blood color, a decent amount especially when she’s running around, any ideas? Could she be having a late bleeding heat or should I go to an emergency vet?...can’t really afford it as they assured me she’s fine but I’ve never had a fixed dog before so I have no clue if this is normal, help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some bleeding after spaying may occur, but if there is a large volume you should think about visiting a Veterinarian to be on the safe side as I cannot give you any assurances without an examination; with a spay, the uterus is removed so there should be no place for any blood to come from which is why it is concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nova
American Bulldog
18 Months
Mild condition
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Our girl has dried blood around her vagina. Not noticed any spotting, nothing on the carpets or bed. She keeps licking the area quite a bit. She is 18 months old. A rescue so unsure whether spayed or not?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Nova may be in heat, or she may have a uterine or bladder infection - without knowing if she is spayed or not, it is difficult to say. Since this isn't a normal occurrence, necessarily, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can help determine where the blood is coming from, if there is any infection, or if it looks like she is having a heat cycle.

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Bubbles
Boston Terrier
11 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding

My female Boston Terrier pup has been bleeding from her vagina. Its dark red spots and its starting to get a lot. She doesn’t want to eat or drink and looks tired all the time. What can it be and do you think I must take her to the vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bubbles may be coming in heat, or she may have a bladder or uterine infection. Without seeing her, I can't determine if the bleeding is normal or abnormal, but it would be a good idea to have her seen if she is bleeding and not eating or drinking. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her and determine what might be going on, and recommend treatment for her.

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Gee
Dalmatian
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Spotting

Medication Used

none

Hi
I have 2 Dalmatians - both started spotting within a week of one another, but when I took the earlier one to the vet for a blood test she said she was nearly finished and must have been hiding her heat.
The other bitch was mated last Oct, stood and was tied but failed to take, which we were surprised about. She is due to be mated this Tuesday as its her 13th day...the other dogs are licking her and she is interested...but is there any medical condition that could have prevented her previous unsuccessful mating?...and she has stopped spotting too...confused

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I unfortunately don't know enough about Gee's medical history or current situation to comment on your question with any accuracy. There are diseases and anatomic abnormalities that prevent pregnancy in dogs, and an ultrasound may be the next step to figure out what is going on. The bleeding that occurs during a heat cycle is followed by 7-14 days of ovulation and being able to become pregnant, which may explain what is going on with her.

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Ella
American Bulldog terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sensitive vagina area
Licking at Genitals
Blood surrounding the vagina

My 5yr old American bulldog mix is spayed (at 5months) and just found out a few minutes ago she has blood around her vagina. I didn’t see any on the vagina itself, although she may have licked it off, and she isn’t bleeding around the house like a dog in heat, but I don’t know what is going on. I tried to gently clean it away to see if she was cut down there (avoiding her actual vagina) but she fought us and wriggled away before I could actually clean any of it. I have a photo I can show. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding may be caused by traumatic injuries (bites, scratches etc…), tumours (within the vagina), urinary tract issues or other causes. You should try to keep Ella calm for the time being and gain her trust to get a better view of the area around the vulva, anus etc… to look for cuts or a source of the blood. If the bleeding continues, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Pit bull
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anal licking
Vaginal licking

Hi.

Our Dog Stella is a Bull terrier Pit Bull mix, the perfect definition of medium sized.

We have known since she's been alive that she needs her glands expressed regularly, once a month, but taking her to the Vet costed too much, on top of the 10$ to clean her, which is fine, it also costed us 65$ for an exam every time, that they insisted they had to perform every visit. We had to stop taking her there, we started taking her to groomers.

It was immediately evident that they did not perform a good job, she would start licking within a day of cleaning. Soon she started licking her vagina as well , we just took it that she was cleaning, but we noticed today that it's in fact quite red in the slit, and looked bloody,the vulva I would say is not blood red, but only slightly more pink than I would describe as normal.(We have since made an arrangement with a different Vet so it's now more affordable for expressions)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that Stella's vaginal issue is related to her anal gland expression, unless she has irritated the area because she was licking at it. Since I cannot see her, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't have an infection or other unrelated problem. It seems a good idea that you have been able to find a more affordable alternative to have her anal glands properly taken care of.

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Lola
Miniature Pinscher
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding vagina

Medication Used

Naturals

My 8 year old Minpin/Chihuahua Lola just mated with a Shih Tzu twice last week. The second time, she was crying out in pain more than normal. She has been bleeding from her vagina this week (after her heat cycle ended). Not sure if this is normal, but it is quite a bit of blood (many drops around the house). I have been giving her colloidal silver and herbs that fight infection (horse tail and fenugreek) and cleaning her vagina exterior and opening with hydrogen peroxide. She seems active and happy as normal but I am a bit concerned. This didn't happen the last heat cycle when she mated with the same dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little bleeding after mating may occur, but if the bleeding continues after a day or two after mating you should visit your Veterinarian to check that everything is OK to be on the safe side. Without examining Lola I cannot give you any solid assurances that she will be alright, especially if she was showing signs of pain or discomfort during the second mating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoye
Doberman Pinscher
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding

Since last one day Zoye (10yrs old doberman) mostly healthy dog suddenly started bleeding sporadically but profusely. Her temperature, eating habit, activity status, interest in treat all normal. Food intake may be slightly lesser then normal. Frequency of urination seems normal. Constipated a bit..stomach slightly bloated (making noise).

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Poppy
Shih Tzu x spaniel
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My 10 month old female puppy has just been to the toilet and I noticed bright red blood at the edge of the puddle (not mixed in) and she had blood around her vagina area, she does not appear to be in any pain, nothing different in her behaviour, she is spayed. She has been licking herself after she’s walked around but not excessively

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for blood around the vulva and in the urine which may include trauma, infection, foreign objects, tumours and other issues; I would recommend keeping the area of the vulva clean by bathing it regularly with a dilute antiseptic. Ideally a visit to your Veterinarian would be required to determine the underlying cause so that treatment can be directed effectively, especially if there is a large quantity of blood. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Puggle
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood

my pup started bleeding a few days ago she had some lines around her vagina but their gone now but today I noticed its coming from inside her and I don't know whats wrong when I got her the place said she was spayed,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why Ruby may be bleeding from the vagina which include infections, trauma, reproductive tract issues among other causes; this would be something to have a Veterinarian take a look at since there are different treatments depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hey, My female dog is been bleeding since few weeks, at first we thought it was a natural bleeding and didn't worry much. But then it never stopped. Now the blood is very less (while bleeding) but it still bleeds some colorless liquid. She was doing good before. But now she is totally weak and does not even get up. She eats nothing. We have tried all the options at home. I took her twice to a VET but all the time I found it to be closed. I'm very concerned and I have no idea what to do. Please help me out.

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