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Old 02-18-2009, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 12yr old GSD, she has been getting these chronic infections in her Vulva, been going on for almost a year and a half now. Vet keeps giving her antibiodics each time it comes back. Vet doesn't know why she keeps getting them, he did say that there is some sort of "flap" in the vulva that seems to be trapping the urine, hence causing all of these infections.

He said this is more common in GSD's and surgery to remove this "flap" should take care of everything.

Has anyone either heard of this or had this surgery done on their dog? Just want to get some feedback. Thanks.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No idea about the specific condition but has your vet done a culture to find out exactly what's going on there? Sometimes skin infections that are resistent to permanant treatment need a different antibiotic or have an underlying yeast infection issue that's not being treated.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dfemale.html

It's called a tucked vulva, and this site uses a greyhound as an example. According to this vet at least it's more common in smaller overweight dogs, but here is the info you requested......I think I'd try the topical treatment before opting for surgery.

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a dog (14 year old Collie) that will constantly get UTI's. Years ago, we had an ultrasound done and she has an intra-pelvic bladder. Basically, the bladder is pushed back into the pelvis and when full has no room to expand, so it leaks. She also has a short urethra and the conformation of her vulva is not normal so the urine pools in her vulva and bacteria builds up.

We keep her shaved, wipe her after she urinates and have her on prescription food for the urinary tract. These steps do help keep the UTI's under control, but she will still get them.

My husband and I are experts at collecting urine samples now!

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One more thing, if your vet isn't doing a cluture, your dog may not be getting the right antibiotics and that may explain why it keeps coming back.

My vet sends the urine samples out to a lab to be cultured to determine the right antibiotic to be used. We have even had the urine taken directly from the bladder via a needle (called cystocentesis). It gives a cleaner sample as it doesn't have to travel through the urethra & vulva.
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I would think that if the dog has lived with this for 12 years, I would NOT be doing surgery. I wouldn't do elective surgery on an old dog.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, the vet has taken cultures and used different antibiodics to take care of the issue. It does clear up, it just keeps coming back. I clean her vulva everyday, used that preo def powder, tried ointment, we've tried everything the vet asked us to try.

She doesn't leak urine or anything like that.

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Let me clarify, my GSD is 12 years old, she's been dealing with this issue for almost a year and a half now, she hasn't had this her whole life.

One of the reasons I'm considering this surgery is because whenever I get my plastic gloves and cleaning solution out to clean her vulva, she runs and hides under the table and doesn't want to come out. Occasionally she does get a little nasty when I have to go and get her from under the dining room table. I hate seeing her like this, I know she's not happy.
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If it was my dog, I would take her to an internal medicine specialist for a second opinion before I would agree to any kind of surgery. I just took Heidi yesterday because we have been fighting UTI's since last September.

Her regular vet performed an ultrasound & x-rays last month to check for bladder stones, tumors, etc but couldn't find anything. He suspected a deep seeded infection and we treated her with another round of antibiotics. She was still having blood in her urine and I told him to give me the refrerral.

They repeated the ultrasound and did a vaginal/rectal exam (Heidi was sedated) and she found a mass effect/nodule at the external urethral meatus. We are waiting for some more tests to come back but we may be dealing with transitional cell carcinoma (TCC).

Her regular vet didn't find this mass and I am a true believer in specialists. While it costs a little more in the beginning, it's actually cheaper in the long run. I paid her regular vet $450 lst month and still didn't have an answer. Yesterday our bill was $600 but we will know shortly what we are dealing with.

Depending on the outcome of the tests, we may have to take her back to perform a vaginoscopy and biopsy.

I hope she feels better soon

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Hello everyone. Longtime reader, but haven't posted in awhile.

I have a 7 year old GSD and for the past year, she has had an irritation on her vulva that will now no longer heal to the point where we can keep dry/clean with the medicated wipes. We've done cultures, topical and internal antibiotics, grain free diet, etc.

She doesn't seem to lick/clean it much, but I feel horrible this is happening. I'm curious as to what recommendations you can give me if I do go to an internal medicine vet, how do they test her for different problems? Ultrasound, x-ray? and could I suggest these to my vet )I finally found a vet I trust and like, but I really would like this to be taken care of.)

Sorry if this seems like a rookie question. I just want to make sure it's the right move.
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Putting a 12 year old dog, any breed 'under' for an operation, is testing the limits.. What is that in dog years >?
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