Occasionally, the prolapse continues throughout pregnancy or recurs at parturition. The most common sign is a mass protruding from the vulva. Initially, the surface is smooth and glistening, but with prolonged exposure it becomes dry and fissures develop.
It is extremely difficult to separate the various diseases of the vagina, vestibule and vulva into usable categories, often because the anatomical structures are contiguous, are affected by a similar process, and because submission sheets are seldom as specific in describing distribution as they could be. I have chosen to group the lesions based on pathogenetic grounds, and, where possible, to separate out those lesions that involve the labia of the vulva, as they do seem to form a separate category. The common diseases submitted for surgical biopsy examination are listed below.
Stages of the canine estrous cycle can be defined by sexual behavior, physical signs vulvar swelling, vaginal bleeding or by vaginal cytology. The period of receptivity to a male varies considerably among bitches; some bitches are receptive well before and after the period of potential fertility. Similarly, signs such as "proestrus bleeding" are often unreliable indicators; some bitches bleed very little and other show bleeding through estrus and into diestrus.
The objective is to obtain a sample of epithelial cells from the vagina, and one should avoid sampling from the vestibule i. Even in small dogs, the swab should be inserted several inches past the vulva; in large breed dogs e. German Shepard bitcha majority of the 6-inch swab can be inserted.
Tumors of the vagina are the second most common form of female reproductive tumor and can be either benign or malignant. Canine transmissible venereal tumors, a type of cancerous canine tumor that can be spread from dog to dog by touch, can form in this area as well. Tumors of the vagina and vulva are the second most common form of reproductive tumors in female dogs.
It may look like a tumor or an impending prolapse and can be very unsightly and unpleasant to see. I have had a number of dog guardians rush their dog in believing that somehow the dog was having a miscarriage. In reality though what they are likely seeing is called vaginal hyperplasia.
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Canine reproduction is the process of sexual reproduction in domestic dogswolvesfoxes and other canine species. In domestic dogs, sexual maturity puberty occurs between the ages of 6 to 12 months for both males and females, although this can be delayed until up to two years of age for some large breeds. The average length of the reproductive cycle for females is 2—4 weeks.
To those unaware of vaginal prolapse, the mass may appear to be a fast-developing tumor, or an in-process miscarriage. As unsightly as it may be, the condition of vaginal prolapse commonly occurs in female dogs that have not been spayed. Due to the action of the female hormone estrogen, the tissue of the internal vaginal walls swells and protrudes through the vulva, the external female genital organ.