why does my female pup look like the a penis is under tail? about 5mth old?was not like that when 1st got her- normal???

she is a rescue dont know much about her she is lab& pit mix was told that by person who gave her to me . she looked normal when i first got her now it almost looks like she has a penis hanging down under her tail she is not fixed yet and i do not see any blood as to asume she is in heat. i just never seen a female dog look like this before?????

Asked by Member 866441 on Aug 11th 2009 Tagged health wellness in Health & Wellness
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Females usually have what is called a vulva sticking down between their legs with a slit for the urine in the back. Usually swelling is an early sign of heat. Expect the bloody discharge to start soon. 5 months is unusually early to have her first heat. Perhaps she is older than 5 months. Has her growth leveled off and her adult canines come in? If so, likely she is older than 5 months.

If she is starting into heat, it may be too late to spay her until afterwards. If you aren't prepared for the mess and risks, it can be a big hassle. I would talk to a vet today. If it is too late and you have to wait to spay her, post back if you need help. There is a lot that can go wrong.

Aster answered on 8/11/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer

Miss Buddie

Aster is right. It sounds like you might be entering heat season. Talk to your vet as soon as possible about having her spayed. Some vets will spay during heat and some will not. You might have to endure one period before having it done.

Miss Buddie answered on 8/11/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


It is also possible that your dog is having a uterine prolapse where part of the uterus actually hangs outside the body. This is very serious and needs to be taken care of ASAP. If you think it may be this, get her to your vet immediately. Otherwise, if it just seems like everything down there is just swollen, she is probably coming into heat.

B.J., CGC answered on 8/11/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer