Re: Recessed Vulva, UTI and housebreaking
Spirit is 4 1/2 years old and Aoibhe 7 weeks. They both have hindlimb deformities, the cause of which is unknown. Spirit was about a year old when I adopted her. We waited 6 months before finally spaying her - from what the vet could see he thought she'd never been in heat. Thankfully Spirit's vulva is set in such a way that we didn't need to do an episioplasty, instead I just clean her vulva a couple of times a week with chlorhexidine solution. From time to time she does get infections, either UTI's or of the skin round the vulva. Thankfully a short course of antibiotics resolves either situation.
Aoibhe is already housebroken at 7 weeks of age!!! She is crated at night and will bark when she needs to go out. During the day she can hold her bladder for about 5 hours - if she has an accident in the house, it is my fault for not getting her outside in a timely manner. When I adopted her a week ago she had pyoderma and urine scald between her legs and round her vulva. A combination of bathing, carefully washing the area and antibiotics has more or less resolved things, although as with Spirit this will be a lifelong, and she may well need surgery when she is spayed.
Spirit, Eli, and Aoibhe (Disabled GSD's)
Duncan, Sam, Carl and Tesla (Black Lab mixes who think all GSD's are airheads)
Teddy ("the Corgi")
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