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discharge from spayed female dog
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An_220945 posted:
my 9 yr old female that has been spayed since the age o 6 months, is now showing a slight bloody vaginal discharge. What can be causing this?
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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi there,

Well, if she was spayed and has not shown any signs until this time, I agree that this bloody vaginal discharge is likely not a sign of heat behavior. Any other indications for a blood discharge elsewhere on her?
This could reflect a bleeding disorder, perhaps an inflammation within the vaginal, perhaps a growth.
I would take her to your veterinarian if it continues at all.
They would best be able to determine if it is local to that area, or reflect a more whole body problem. I have seen dogs come into heat years later that did have some retained ovarian tissue, but that would be unusual.
Sometimes serious bleeding problems show up as a bloody discharge in only one area.
Please keep us informed.

Dr. Sandy


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