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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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i have a staffordshire terrier, shes 4, spaded as a pup,

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i have a staffordshire bull terrier, she's 4, spaded as a pup, shes laying in one place, her privates have swollen and she won't eat
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 years ago.
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Betty. In cases in which "privates are swollen" - which indicates an estrogenic effect, we would initially consider an ovariant remnant syndrome in a dog who had previously undergone spaying. This describes the inadvertent leaving of a portion of ovary which is now stimulating estrus (heat). This can occur immediately after spaying or some years afterward when the remnant become revascularized and functional.

The appropriate manner in which to confirm this syndrome is to have Betty's vet examine Betty's vaginal cytology for the typical changes seen in estrus - cornification of the superficial cells of the vagina. In addition, abdominal ultrasound may be performed to look for endogenous sources of estradiol such as a remnant. Betty's inappetance may be directly related to estrus or, less commonly, the inflammation of infection if her swelling isn't hormonally induced but, instead, due to local infection of her vulva/vagina. Betty's vet can scope Betty's vagina and examine her vulva at the same time that a sample of cells is taken for microscopic examination (cytology).

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.