Recessed Vulva in puppy

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Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Emily » Wed May 11, 2005 1:02 pm

Warning, contains puppy porn

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.
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Hill » Wed May 11, 2005 4:20 pm

Felice actually had a recessed vulva also. She went through her first heat last month and it actually has self corrected! Though I have spoken to several ISD breeders who told me that is a fairly common thing for ISDs.
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Emily » Wed May 11, 2005 5:33 pm

Felice actually had a recessed vulva also. She went through her first heat last month and it actually has self corrected! Though I have spoken to several ISD breeders who told me that is a fairly common thing for ISDs.


Interesting. Now, does anyone here want to adopt her, so I can trust her to go through a cycle and not get bred?
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby murphdog » Wed May 11, 2005 9:17 pm

That is very intersting about Felice's self correcting.

Em- You know I agree that it looks even more recessed then originally. I saw the pustule also and wondered about it. It kinda looks like some Dunc had which Dr. Bo said was puppy pymetria (sp?) which would basically be puppy acne. I'd keep an eye on it though since it is so close to her vulva. As for the surgery I saw Dr. Drake do one and he removed the excess skin so that the skin did not fold in on itself. Or basically a skin tuck. LOL. Can't remember what the postop care was though or anything else.
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Kathleen » Thu May 12, 2005 7:38 am

My golden had an inverted Whoo whoo. I discussed it with the vet and decided to do an early spay anyway. She never had a real problem with it and never had a single UTI. The vet did say it would likely correct itself if I let her go through her first heat.
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Hill » Thu May 12, 2005 3:07 pm

Hey I asked my old boss what she thought and she thinks Felice's wasn't nearly as bad as Cheesy's is. Because Felices only has a small ridge around the edge and when she went into heat that little rigde popped out.

Her dog has the same trouble and it hasn't caused her much trouble throughout life. Though she did say she tries to clean it pretty often. She also said the surgery to correct it is very simple. And if it was her pup ans she had it to do over she would just do the surgery and get it over with!!! So there you go straight from the vets mouth
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Emily » Thu May 12, 2005 7:24 pm

Thanks, Hill. I would like to see it done when she is spayed so that she won't have to go through two surgeries in a relatively short time frame.

The biggest problem is this may make it a tad bit harder to find the right home for her. Oh well...

Hill, don't you need a little yellow labby mix to go with beautiful Black Bennett?
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Re: Recessed Vulva in puppy

Postby Hill » Thu May 12, 2005 7:34 pm

HA!!! Not with potentially taking winchester and buying him new hips...and saving for our next ISD...
But I don't see why it would be hard to find her a home!!! Once corrected it should be perfectly normal!
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