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Old 02-12-2012, 05:27 PM
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Default owners of intact females I need input!

So I was pretty sure Aeri was done with heat, but something I saw today has me confused and slightly concerned.

Background: Aeri was veeery interesting to intact males the last week of December, had behavioral symptoms the first week of January, mild bloody discharge on the 9th, swelling on the 10th, friend's male was uninterested when we met for training last week. I had seen no signs of heat for the past 10-14 days.

Today: I let Aeri out for her first potty outing this morning and then fed the dogs right after. I noted a drip of something on the floor while she was eating and when I went to wipe it up I realized it looked like it could be bloody discharge (thin, slightly brick red colored) so I checked Aeri and found that she had similar discharge on her vulva.

I was quite puzzled, but put her undies on to be able to monitor this discharge. I removed the panties an hour later and saw only a slight bit of the brownish-red discharge on the pad and a wipe of her vulva came back completely dry. I left the panties off and checked her again about 30 mins later with still no more discharge at all. Her vulva is not swollen like it was the second week of January.

I let her out a little bit ago, after a clear check about an hour prior, she peed, and when she came back in there was tons more brownish-red discharge, some appearing to have dried a bit already. She's wearing her panties again for close observation this evening.

She's not acting ill at all, her drinking appears normal, though she does seem to be peeing less frequently. Kestrel has been veeeery interested in Aeri's rear end for the last 3 days, but he showed no interest during her first heat *or* the heat I saw in January.

My first thought was UTI, but would a UTI have so much brownish red discharge without any other symptoms? I'd really like it to be this since 1. it's simple to treat and 2. Aeri's entered in a dock diving event next weekend and in-heat females aren't allowed. :P

Then I thought heat again, but that seems odd given the well documented and apparently normal heat cycle in January.

Then I started worrying about open pyo, but the discharge is not consistent, is not pus-y or green, and she's not acting sick, like I've always been told to look for.

I'm planning on seeing if I can get in to see one of our vets tomorrow, but I'm going to feel really silly if they tell me it's just a weird heat or something, so I figured I'd see if anyone here had any thoughts.

I also have a note in to Aeri's breeder to get her input, but she's not online right now.
Erin, Ziva, Kestrel, Aerten, and Snipe
Always in our hearts: The Amazing Maggie Mae

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