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Hello, this is Dr. Linda & thanks for contacting JustAnswer. I am a practicing veterinarian with 30 years experience in general medicine & surgery & I hope I can assist with your concerns today.
I am so sorry for you concerns about Maize not acting herself by hiding behind the sofa.
Was this her first season?
Is her appetite fairly normal & is she having regular eliminations?
Does her vulva still look swollen & is she having any discharge?
Were you planning on using her for breeding?
Thank you for all the information. I am typing my reply now.
Based on this being a second heat with her symptoms being a little more severe, my thoughts go to something hormonal going on with her. A possibility is a cyst on her ovaries. A month past the end of her season, her vulvar swelling should be back to normal size, but a cyst on her ovaries could not only supply a little more estrogen, but may make her a bit uncomfortable, too.
Ideally, you should have her examined by your veterinarian to rule out any other issues, such as a urinary tract infection. Your veterinarian can also do some vaginal cytology to see if this gives a hint as to what might be going on.
Maize does sound like a very good candidate to be spayed. A study done several years ago suggests that the best age to spay a Cocker Spanial is any time after 23 months of age, so you are very close to this recommended age.
Does this make sense?
Please respond with any additional questions you may have.
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