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Old 12-23-2007, 04:09 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Nellie just came trundling back indoors after her morning constitutional, and clambered into her bed by the radiator for some further snoozing.

I went to give her some fuss and noticed a tiny, bright red smear on the edge of her bed. It was fresh, so I fetched some white tissue and turned her upside down - much to her annoyance - to check where it might be coming from, but she'd done a lot of licking before I'd seen the blood and nothing showed on the tissue at all. I, erm, checked both exit points . Although I've never heard of a dog with haemorrhoids....

I found nothing else on her but it was fresh, watery blood on the bed. She is 5 months old - surely this is a bit young for a puppy's first season? Her vulva isn't particularly swollen, it has increased in size but I figured that was all part of growing up! Also, she rarely even pees when out on walks, so she is not marking to my knowledge. She has been doing a little bit of "humping" - my arm, my husbands leg, other puppies younger than her - but I put that down to her desire to be dominant wherever possible.

Her behaviour with other dogs hasn't really changed, and the boys don't seem any more interested in her than normal. Although its hard to tell, as she always rolls on her back in instant submission so they can have a good sniff of her lady-garden.

What do you think? She's a small breed so technically she could reach maturity at 6 months, but I'm no expert.......

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:11 AM   #2
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It's not uncommon for a small breed dog to come into heat before 6 months.

She might also have a urinary tract or bladder infection.

Keep an eye on her, (as if you have to be told to do that ) for the next day or two. If she's coming in heat you'll see more swelling of the Vulva and the males will take more of an interest. Unless of course they're neutered males. Males that have been neutered young will notice the odor and check her out, but won't make fools of themselves like an unaltered male would.

If it's a UTI she would show symptoms of frequent urination in small amounts and possible straining when she pees. If that's the case, she'll need to be seen by your vet.

Keep us posted on what it turns out to be.
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She is most likely having first heat, certainly is common some dogs are right on time at six months old. She may not swell much being a small breed also. It is hard to tell. If she bleeds for more than a week she might need to see a vet for another thing wrong. Not likely but you say she seldom pees, so she may have a bladder infection of sorts.? Might want to give the vet a call if any are in now? If she is drinking water as usual and eating ok, it is probably her heat, if she is not drinking normally, she need seen by a vet. I would not risk being responsible here no vets, we can only surmize and guess a problem, vets it is better to know the dog will be ok.
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Thank you guys......sorry haven't responded for a while, you know what its like this time of year!

There were no more signs of any blood, and she continued to drink and pee normally. She has, however, been doing an awful lot of licking!

I will take her to vet in new year for a check, and to discuss when she can have her op. Its about 200.......!!!!

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