Cheese-puff has a recessed vulva, and I know this can set her up for UTI's and yeast infections in the future. I try to keep the area dry after she urinates.
I'm going to talk to Dr. Anne about it, but I just wanted some of ya'll's opinions. Some people I've talked about this to said thier vet told them to let the dog go through a heat cycle and it would "pop" it out. I understand during a heat cycle the vagina swells, but I can't picture it correcting the situation. I'm thinking that is an old schools' vet thinking. Plus if that did work and I opted to do that rather than surgery (Vulvoplasty), I'd have to keep her until after her first heat because I wouldn't be able to trust anyone else from keeping her "innocent" if you will.
I noticed for the first time today, she has a little pustule forming in that area. She also licks it alot. So far, though, there has been no vaginitis or UTI, although she pees so much I had her checked for a UTI...
I guess this will be something her new home has to know. I remember Dr. Drake did a few of these while I worked for him, but I don't remember much about them. Katie, anyone, what is the procedure for this kind of surgery?
I found some information about the results here , but nothing about the procedure itself. Of course, to see the whole article, you've got to pay
Results of vulvoplasty for treatment of recessed vulva in dogs.
Hammel SP, Bjorling DE.
Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706, USA.
The results of vulvoplasty were evaluated in 34 dogs that underwent surgery at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital between 1987 and 1999. Case records were evaluated, and clients were interviewed by telephone. The most common clinical signs of a juvenile or recessed vulva at initial examination were perivulvar dermatitis in 59% (20/34) of dogs and urinary incontinence and chronic urinary tract infection (UTI), each present in 56% (19/34) of dogs. Other common complaints included pollakiuria, irritation, and vaginitis. Most dogs developed clinical signs before 1 year of age. All dogs except one bichon frise were medium to giant breeds, suggesting that vulvar conformation may be related to growth rate or body conformation; prior ovariohysterectomy did not appear to be an influencing factor. Eighty-two percent of owners rated the outcome of the surgery as at least satisfactory. The incidence of urinary incontinence was reduced by vulvoplasty; however, it remained the most common residual sign after surgery, suggesting a multifactorial etiology. The incidences of UTI, vaginitis, and external irritation were greatly reduced after surgery.
I'm assuming the excess skin is either tacked or removed? I'll just have to let whoever adopts her know this should be done when she is spayed, I guess.
Here are some (not so great) pictures, it actually seems to have gotten more recessed.