Fri, Dec 22, 2023

She has been bleeding now for approximately 13 days it was almost completely gone and now she's bleeding again but this time it is very heavy and very thick it appears that the building will not stop and we were told that that is normal for her being in heat. Last night she just played signs of being weak dizzy and was not in her head as she attempted to hold it up. Right now as I checked on her she had a difficult time and standing and appeared disoriented I am very concerned about her and it is making me feel sad

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While it is common for female dogs to bleed during their estrus (heat) cycle, which can last for 21 days with the bleeding phase lasting for about 7-10 days, the symptoms you describe such as weakness, dizziness, disorientation, and heavy, thick bleeding are not typical and warrant further attention.

The heavy and thick bleeding that restarted after almost ceasing could indicate a possible complication such as a uterine infection (pyometra) or a clotting disorder. Pyometra is a serious and life-threatening condition that can occur in intact female dogs after a heat cycle and is characterized by the accumulation of pus within the uterus.

The additional symptoms of vomiting, bloody or black stools, diarrhea, behavior changes, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and itching could be related to a variety of health issues ranging from gastrointestinal problems to allergic reactions or even systemic illness.

Ensure that your dog is in a comfortable, quiet space and has access to fresh water. Monitor her closely for any changes in her condition, especially for signs of increased distress, such as more pronounced weakness, difficulty breathing, or a change in gum color to pale or blue-tinged, which would indicate an emergency.

Given the severity of her symptoms, it is crucial to seek veterinary care immediately. A veterinarian will be able to perform a physical examination, run diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis, and possibly ultrasound or X-rays to determine the underlying cause of her symptoms.

If your dog's condition worsens, such as if she becomes unresponsive, has difficulty standing or walking, experiences seizures, or has gums that are pale or a different color, these are signs that she needs to be taken to a veterinary hospital immediately.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.