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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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How long does it take female dogs vulva to go back in

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How long does it take for a female dogs vulva to go back in after their periods stop?
The stage following estrus (heat) in dogs is called diestrus and lasts approximately two months. Swelling of the vulva progressively abates during this time. You appear to be describing a different process, however - vaginal hypertrophy or prolapse. An edematous swelling of the vaginal mucosa occurs secondary to estrogen stimulation and it may progress to vaginal protrusion through the vulvar lips as it appears to have done in Kelsy.Our treatment goals are to prevent drying, necrosis, and devitalization of exposed vaginal tissue, prevent future recurrence, and prevent urethral obstruction. We insert a urethral catheter to relieve obstruction when present, ensure that vaginal tissue is kept clean, apply topical applications of sterile water-soluble lubrication or antibiotic ointment, apply an Elizabethan collar or protective pants to avoid self mutilation, provide a clean environment to minimize tissue trauma, and recognize that spontaneous regression at the end of estrus is common. The regression appears to have been incomplete in Kelsy. You may also schedule an ovariohysterectomy (spay) which prevents recurrence and may hasten resolution; regression of tissue is reported to occur within 21 days post spay.Please have Kelsey looked at by her vet who will determine how much of the above needs to be done and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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