Doggy discharge - any ideas?(14 Posts)
I've posted on here before about our 9-year-old lab acting strangely.
Her drinking had increased majorly (think litres per day) & she was doing a strange dip/lick thong with her head - almost as if she was licking imaginary pups.
We took her to the vet who tested her urine & said it was clear so no diabetes (which I'd been concerned about due to increase of water)
She was due to go into heat in February but this was practically non-existent - she dripped a couple of times but that's it.
The vet watched the video I had recorded of the strange behaviour & laughed!!! Said she'd never seen a dog act like that before but that it looked like she was getting ready to throw up (she has never thrown up after an episode like this) and she wasn't concerned about the strangeness of her season.
Anyhow that's the back story - dog is still acting like this. Except the past few days we thought she had went into heat as there were pale drips on the tiled floor - but the drips didn't look like blood. More pale pinky cream - and dog smells awful. I've had to chuck out her bed & steam clean the floor.
Ff to yesterday & today & she's got a green/snotty looking discharge.
I tried calling our vet but they're closed until tomorrow (easter holidays) - I've Googled & it seems it could be an infection?
Ddog isn't neutered, vet won't do it as she said dog is too heavy (she's not obese, she's a greedy lab but runs the fields daily!) Though has went off much exercise in the past week.
Has anyone any experience? I'll obviously call the vet in the morning to get an appointment.
My worry would be pyometra (the increased thirst, lethargy, discharge and smell after a not-quite-right season could all point to this) and would be getting her seen now, not waiting until the morning.
Do your vets not give an alternative number for when they're shut? If a surgery does not run their own out of hours service then usually the'll direct you on to a service like Vets Now.
Please please get her to the vets!
My last dogs symptoms started out as the discharge and constantly cleaning herself, she couldn't settle. I took her to the vets thinking it'd be just a UTI or something, turns out it was pyometra which is an infection involving the uterus - left untreated it can kill within hours. They had to rush her in immediately and remove her womb etc
Of course this may not be that at all - I honestly thought mine was just a uti. But it's best to be safe than sorry
Don't wait until the morning...she needs to go ASAP.
It could be pyometra and if it is it kills and suddenly.
Pyometra is a huge possibility and if it is, is a genuine emergency. Vets now.
And your usual vet doesn't seem too helpful. Find out who covers their emergency service (there will probably be details on their answerphone) and go there.
Do not wait until the morning, she needs to be seen straight away, pyometra is extremely serious. Call your usual vet - even if they are closed there should be an answerphone message or divert with out of hours instructions.
what happened? is she ok?? do hope you managed to get emergency appt somewhere to make sure she's taken good care of.
Sorry for not responding. We've spent all yesterday evening & last night at A&E with an elderly relative (Alzhiemers & a water infection plus violence to nurses = hard work)
Ddog is going to vet shortly. We live quite rurally & I agree with pp who said it felt like we weren't getting the best care - but dh & his family are farmers & they use this vet practice as it's the closest (though still miles away!)
Will update when we're home.
Fwiw Ddog is still bright, alert, eating & drinking but the mucus is still coming out of her.
Thanks for all the replies & apologies I didn't reply sooner. Relative is now in for respite but it's been a long night.
After reading about pyometra I agree the symptoms are similar.
Dh is more laid back than me & feels I'm over-reacting.
I'd rather over react than our beautiful girl be in more pain.
Op you need to take her asap. Call the vets now!
Pyometra can kill within hours if left untreated.
Ddog has an infection but vet ruled put Pyometra. She scanned her & examined her much better than the last vet (same practice, different vet)
She says she's also had a phantom pregnancy - she even had milk in her teats. so she's on antibiotics for the infection & tablets to dry up her milk & we've to go back on Friday morning.
The last vet told us she was "much too pudgy" to spay - she's 34kg but ideal weight is 27-32kg. The vet today said she's not too heavy & spaying would be the next step if the antibiotics didn't help.
Thanks for all advice. Here's a pic if her in her favourite spot - under the kitchen table
Phew! Glad it's not pyo and this vet is more on the ball. For what it's worth she looks pretty good to me! Hope she's feeling better soon, and the same of course to your poorly family member.
Glad that the vet will spay her, if necessary, Pyometra is a dreadful thing. Hopefully the infection will clear up soon.
She's very lovely, by the way.
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