My bitch is in heat

Laura has had Shiner in Austin pretty much since the day we got her.  She stayed with me for a week and comes to visit on the weekends, but other than that she has been in Austin with Laura.  We’ve taken her to two different vets and they each thought she was a different age (between 5 and 10 month), but they both agreed that she was spayed.

I came home the other night to find that Shiner had pulled down a case of CD’s off my desk and tore the top part off that had a floppy disk in it.  She had torn the floppy disk to shreds as well as some flip flops she found. When I was picking it up I was worried that she had hurt her mouth on the floppy disk. I saw a few drops of blood on the ground, so I inspected her mouth and paws for cuts.  I didn’t find any, so I didn’t really worry about it.

The next morning I took her out for her morning routine and came inside to find a little spat of blood from where she was sitting before I took her outside. As you would imagine, I was a little concerned so I checked her over again – this time making sure I checked her back paws, legs, etc.

Much to my surprise I found that her vagina was red. I got a paper towel and wiped her down and found that there was some blood on the paper towel.  After doing a little research on the web I narrowed it down to a few things:

o       She is in heat (but she’s spayed, right?!)

o       Low blood platelet count

o       Urinary disease / issue

I did a little more research and after talking to Laura, we decided I should take her to the vet.  When I examined her more closely I noticed that the muscles around her vagina were really firm.  My research told me to check if it looked different, but how the hell should I know as I don’t really have anything to compare it to. I had read that if parts of the uterus or ovaries are left in the animal that those parts can trigger the heat cycle. 

I took her to the vet and they basically confirmed my suspicions. When I told them two other vets said they thought she was spayed, the new vet asked me a simple question “so they shaved her belly and checked for a scar?”  Well, no, they didn’t shave her but they did look for a scar.  So he took her into the other room and shaved and checked it.  What I thought was the scar he indicated was simply her belly button. He said the scar is typically below the belly button a little bit down towards her belly.  The only thing they could have mistaken for a scar was some light pigmentation which was pretty clear wasn’t a scar upon shaving her. 

So, what it comes down to is she is now wearing what looks like a diaper (pads) until she is through her cycle and we are going to get her spayed.  As one of my coworkers put it, it’s like having a teenage girl that you are trying to keep away from all the boys.


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