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She's been hiding behind the sofa and a lot less social than

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She's been hiding behind the sofa and a lot less social than normal she had a season around 3 weeks to a month ago and has been acting strange very since
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Female 20 month old cocker spaniel
JA: Does the Cocker Spaniel do this all the time or only sometimes?
Customer: This last week every day hiding behind sofa
JA: Have you tried anything so far that helps the Cocker Spaniel with this behavior?
Customer: She will come to play if I coax her but otherwise she goes back behind there
JA: And what's the Cocker Spaniel's name and age?
Customer: Maize 20 months old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Maize?
Customer: She recently had a season about a month ago
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

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.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

I am so sorry for you concerns about Maize not acting herself by hiding behind the sofa.

Was this her first season?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
No it's her second but she was strange for a couple weeks after her first as well but not to this extent
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

Is her appetite fairly normal & is she having regular eliminations?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
I haven't noticed any change in her appetite or elimination
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

Does her vulva still look swollen & is she having any discharge?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Little swollen she is licking herself a lot haven't noticed discharge though
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

Were you planning on using her for breeding?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Not necessarily it was an option but we are waiting for her to be old enough and see if she's healthy enough before we made a decision
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

Thank you for all the information.  I am typing my reply now.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
OK thanks
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

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.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
OK great thank you so much, my thoughts were hormonal and she has swollen up In between her season too but no show of an actual season... I will contact our vets tomorrow to arrange a check up
Thank you
Expert:  Linda Garrett replied 19 days ago.

You are so welcome & I am so glad I could help with our concerns today.  If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know by replying back in this chat.  If you think you might have any future questions, please consider adding me as a favorite Expert.  You'll have the option to do so on your "My Questions" page if you decide to rate this interaction.  You can also request me by name (@DrLinda1990), if you wish.

It was my pleasure chatting with you today & hope my responses were satisfactory.  It is my goal to provide the best information, education & guidance I can in an online veterinary forum.  If any of my replies were unclear or you need more information, please ask.

Thank you again for choosing JustAnswer & trusting me with your concerns.  I do invite you to ask any follow-up questions you may have.

Take care & all the best to Maize.