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Lump or Swelling – Vulva

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and don’t let your dog touch her hind end

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Be careful when handling your dog – the affected area is likely painful and they may bite.
  • Do not feed your dog. The emergency vet will likely need to sedate your dog, and in these cases it is ideal if your dog doesn’t have a full stomach.
  • Don’t let your dog bite/lick at their hind end. Put a cone on your dog if you have one.


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog is at risk of a vaginal prolapse, which needs to be treated ASAP to avoid permanent damage

  • Lumps and swellings have a wide range of causes, including insect stings or bites, bruises or strains, abscesses, and tumors. Your vet may need to examine your dog carefully to determine the exact cause.
  • In this case, it is possible that your dog has a vaginal prolapse, which requires immediate veterinary attention. This situation is time sensitive.


First aid tips

Keep your dog calm and don’t let her irritate the area

  • Try to keep your dog calm and quiet, and restrict exercise to only bathroom breaks
  • Learn more about skin lumps and masses in dogs


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