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Thread: Excessive licking and scratching after heat?

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    Sacramento, CA
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    Question Excessive licking and scratching after heat?

    Fiona finally ended her heat cycle a few weeks ago, and ever since then, she has been paying a lot more attention to her area "down there". She licks and scratches (with her mouth) quite often, and very intently. Is this normal? Could there be some kind of discharge or something left over that is bothering her and making her do this, or does she just have a newfound interest in that area? Any ideas?
    Donna, Fiona's Mommy

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    Birmingham, Alabama
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    You may want to get her checked for a UTI. Lily has been suffering with one since she was in heat and then spayed. She did the same licking. No fever or other symptoms. She has been on antibiotics 2 weeks now. They are hard to clear up per the Vet. Hope it's not a UTI, but better to check.
    Mom to Bleinham Cavaliers Lily, 5 years old, and Alfie, 8 year old puppy mill rescue.
    At the Bridge, Chloe, Lhasa Apso.

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    Hi Donna,

    I'd get the vet to take a look at her. Though her behaviour could be normal for her, it could also indicate a UTI as Shay said, or more worrying, the early stages of pyometra (a potentially life threatening infection of the uterus) which often first presents just after a season. With the latter, it is often accompanied by a fishy smelling discharge & a lethargic girl... but not necessarily.
    ~ Sam, Sonny & Beau ~


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