Q. My 19 month old bulldog was spayed one week ago and now she is in heat!! Does this mean her surgery was not effective? What do I do now?
AMY S. EUTSEY, DVM
A. It is likely that your dog was already in the early stages of her heat cycle at the time of the surgery. if that is the case, the small bit of uterine stump will still shed its lining and cause a bloody discharge. If her surgery was only one week ago, your vet should recall the appearance of her uterus at the time of surgery. If the heat cycle was in the early stage, her uterus would have been a bit enlarged or thickened with an increase in vascularity. I would suggest calling your vet and discussing it to see if this suspicion is confirmed. I commonly see this at my spay and neuter clinic, but I am always sure to make a note for the owner warning them that they will likely see heat symptoms within the next 5-10 days. remnants of ovary left behind usually take months to cause a return of heat symptoms with the average onset of heat starting 6-18 months after an incomplete spay surgery.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. What signs make you think she is in heat? in some rare cases a little piece of the ovary can be left in the abdominal cavity by mistake, i hope it's not the case though.
there is a blood test to check this, ask your vet for it, if the surgery was not done properly i'm sure he will make it right at no cost .