How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question

Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 15924
Experience:  Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
49838867
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Kara is online now

I have a Dalmatian , approx 6 yrs old. She has been

Resolved Question:

Hi I have a Dalmatian bitch, approx 6 yrs old. She has been spayed but was a breeding bitch before we rescued her and her Dalmatian mate over 3 years ago (he is also neutered). She has been the sweetest dog up until recently but has started almost bullying him and getting really cross if he takes something she wants. She has also started licking her vulva intensely. I was wondering if she perhaps has a UTI or if there is something hormonal going on. It really isn't like her.
Please can you help.
thank you kindly
Karen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I understand your concern about your girl's changes in behavior, including some bullying behavior, less patience with her housemate, and increased grooming of her vulva area. I do think that she isn't feeling herself for some reason, and thus is less forgiving and easy going than usual. Given her increased licking she may be experiencing some urinary incontinence due to lower levels of estrogen, which we do see in some spayed bitches, or a urinary tract infection or crystal/calculus (stones) forming leading to urinary tract inflammation.Dalmatians as a breed, due to their unique kidneys and the way that they function, are prone to developing a particular type of urine crystal and calculi called urate calculi.Ideally I recommend that your girl see her veterinarian, have a urinalysis with culture checked and probably some blood tests checked to look for any underlying problems. In the meantime push fluids. Add water or low salt broth to her meals, give her ice cubes to lick and offer fresh water frequently.Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.
While she is spayed, very rarely a small fragment of her ovary could have been left behind and it has now revascularized and grown such that it is producing hormones. These pups will usually have "in heat" behavior and physical changes like a swollen vulva, possibly a bloody discharge and standing to be bred. If these changes are present checking hormone levels can confirm that ovarian tissue is present and then an exploratory surgery to remove the remnant is best.This is much less likely to be the trouble with her, but I mention it to be complete.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you so much Kara for a very comprehensive answer. We will be off to the vet for tests tomorrow and I will endeavour to catch some urine from her in the morning!! lol Very interesting about the spaying, may be a possibility as she had a terrible time when she was spayed as she took a terrible reaction to the stitches, so I guess anything is possible.

Take care and thanks again

Karen

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.
No worries on catching the urine, they will likely want to get a sterile sample from her at her veterinarian's tomorrow. In fact try to give her lots of water and hopefully she will have a nice full bladder for them to get a sample.Please let me know how things go for her tomorrow, thanks, ***** *****
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 15924
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Dr. Kara and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    300
    Veterinarian for more than 30 years
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/TO/tomasicvet/2011-3-15_20483_RTI.64x64.jpg Rebecca's Avatar

    Rebecca

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    300
    Veterinarian for more than 30 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/MS/msb13sm/2011-3-7_52612_Dr.B.64x64.JPG Dr. Matt's Avatar

    Dr. Matt

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2355
    DVM - 13 years experience in canine medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/Dr. Gene/2012-6-29_2247_20120223174645649.64x64.jpg Dr. Gene's Avatar

    Dr. Gene

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1049
    DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/Vet help/2012-11-3_20182_Avatar2.64x64.png Vet help's Avatar

    Vet help

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    963
    12 yrs experience as a small animal veterinarian; 21 yrs exp. in the animal care field
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/KR/kritrdr/2014-3-26_152042_Dr.Gray1.64x64.jpg Dr. Dan's Avatar

    Dr. Dan

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2143
    12 years of experience with domestic and exotic dogs, PLEASE rate my service when satisfied.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DJ/djan2000/djan2000_avatar.64x64.jpg Dr. Dave's Avatar

    Dr. Dave

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2053
    21 years small animal general and emergency practice