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I have a cavalier puppy who will be 7monhts in about 3weeks

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Hi I have a cavalier puppy who will be 7monhts in about 3weeks time. I'm not sure if she's in or about to come into season. She's licking a lot down below, no apparent signs of blood but I might have missed it, I do put a tissue there but no blood or anything. Do you think I should go to my vet to find out yes or no? It's difficult to know really. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
How long have you been seeing these signs?
Has she been passing urine normally?
Or straining/trying to go more often?
Does her vagina look swollen?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
A few days, weeing ok, not going any more often than usual. Not sure about vagina being swollen, can't say it does, maybe but then I'm no expert. Sorry to be vague!
Thank you,
No worries, I can understand it is not something one would assess with a pet unless there was a problem. If you did want me to check for you, you can take a photo and post it here. To post them, you can either use the paper clip on the tool bar. Or if you cannot see that on your phone/computer, then you can post them on any site (ie Flickr, Photobucket, Imgr etc) and paste the web address here for me to have a peek.
Otherwise, when we see this type of behaviour, we do have a few considerations. Now if she isn't straining to urinate often and passing small amounts, we can put concerns of bladder infection (the most common reason) lower on our list of concerns.
With that aside, we don't need her seen urgently and can monitor her over the holiday. While doing so, if you see any urine dribbling, then we'd want to have a urine sample checked to make sure we don't have a low grade infection or urine crystal issues (both which can inflame the vagina enough to cause licking). As well, we do want to keep an eye out for discharge. She is just the right age to start with her season, so this could be a sign of that about to start (and with that we do tend to see the vulva swell). Finally, we also want to keep an eye for any pus color discharge as a juvenile vaginitis could also cause the signs we are seeing.
Overall, if she is passing urine without discomfort, we don't need to rush her to be seen just now. Otherwise, we do want to monitor her for the next few days to see if we see any of the above. And if we see anything besides signs of a season, then a check would be ideal to rule out those other concerns for her.
All the best and happy holidays ,
Dr. B.
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