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Discharge from vulva, panting, seems depressed, not eating normally, my male dog has been wanting to hump her, whining, digging in furniture

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Discharge from the vulva accompanied by panting, depression, changes in appetite, and behavioral changes such as whining and digging could suggest a serious condition known as pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus. It's particularly concerning in unspayed female dogs and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.

Given the urgency of these symptoms, especially the vulvar discharge and her depressed state, it's crucial to keep her comfortable and minimize stress. Ensure she has a quiet, comfortable space to rest, and try to keep her hydrated. Offer her water and encourage her to drink, but do not force her if she is unwilling. If she's not eating her regular food, you can try offering a bland diet, like boiled chicken and rice, which might be more appealing and is gentle on the stomach.

The interest from your male dog could be due to the scent of the discharge, which can attract male dogs if the discharge is related to her reproductive cycle. However, given her age and symptoms, it's less likely to be a normal heat cycle. To prevent any unwanted attention that could stress her further, it would be best to keep your dogs separated for the time being.

Watch for additional symptoms that would necessitate immediate attention, such as a distended abdomen, vomiting, increased lethargy, collapse, or a significant increase in the amount or odor of the discharge. These could be signs that her condition is worsening.

If she shows any signs of deterioration or if you notice any of the additional symptoms mentioned, it would be prudent to seek immediate veterinary care to ensure her well-being.

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