General information on Vaginal Hyperplasia
Vaginal hyperplasia is an exaggerated swelling reaction of the vaginal tissue to estrogen during the proestrus and estrus phases of heat. Should the swollen vaginal tissue become too swollen and no longer be contained within the vagina, it may bulge out, appearing as a tongue shaped mass, through the vulva, which is the external female genital organ. The mass may prevent the dog from mating and affects mostly young female dogs of the larger breeds that have not been spayed. Vaginal hyperplasia is thought to be mainly caused by estrogen stimulation as well as dogs having a genetic predisposition towards having this condition. Severe hyperplasia may lead to prolapse.
Symptoms of Vaginal Hyperplasia
Some of the symptoms to watch for in a dog with vaginal hyperplasia may be painful urination, a protruding mass from the vulva, excessive licking of the vulva, or having trouble breeding.
Treatments for Vaginal Hyperplasia
Vaginal hyperplasia does tend to subside during diestrus, when the dog is not in heat. However, hyperplasia does also tend to reoccur during every new cycle of heat. No treatment is necessary for a dog with a mild case of hyperplasia, but the vaginal area should be kept clean and well lubricated with an antibiotic ointment to help prevent the area from drying. If the dog is not going to be bred at all, being spayed will eliminate the problem. If the dog is going to be bed, artificial insemination is the recommended method. If the dog has a cases of severe hyperplasia, your veterinarian may be able to suture the mass back into the vagina until it subsides when the heat cycle is complete and then surgically remove dead tissue to prevent hyperplasia from happening again.
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Vaginal Hyperplasia experience by - HARLEY
Harley is a 10 month old English Springer Spaniel. We were planning on breeding her in 2 yrs. She went into heat at 9 months at the end of her cycle she prolapsed we took her to the vet and he pushed everything back in and then made a purse stich to hold it in but after 4 days it fell back out. We were told the only fix was to have her spayed we agreed but the vet said he wanted to make sure she was out of her cycle so he gave her a hormone shot to stop it but it did the reverse and she prolapsed even more and bleeding started again only worse. This went on for over a week. She is now scheduled for surgery,spaying and will fix the prolapse. I wish I wouldn't had done the hormone shot and just waited a couple of weeks for her to be natually done with her cycle before spaying her. I kept putting vaseline on the prolapse because it did start to dry out and bleed and I kept diapers on her.
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