• I have a 9 week old puppy, and for the past few days, she’s had dried blood around her vulva. No blood in urine or feces. She voids every 2 hours and poops at least twice a day. Her stool is not runny or watery. It’s compact but not hard. When they dry up they do turn from dark brown to black. She’s eating and drinking well and shows no signs of pain or distress. When we clean her vulva with wipes she does move a lot but i’m not sure if it’s from pain or she just doesn’t want to be held like that. Her vulva doesn’t look inflamed, and there hasn’t really been a lot of discharge (doesn’t drip to her legs or our floors). No pus or other exudates. Just dried blood. Not lethargic, and has been active majority of the day and takes several short naps. We did switch her food from 4-health to Royal Canin a week ago as recommended by her veterinarian as the 4-health food was a grain-free diet. She has an appointment in a week, but I’m just worried and wondering if I need to take her to the emergency or if we can wait until her comprehensive exam. Also, can I do something at home for now to help avoid infection or more serious problems? Thank you!

    Hi Abigail,
    I recommend that you take her into see a veterinarian prior to her next appointment. This can be with your regular vet unless she starts showing other clinical signs like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or not wanting to eat. If you see any of these signs she needs to go to the vet as soon as possible even if it is to an emergency clinic. The dried blood is concerning as it can potentially be a sign of an serious underlying issue. There can be a few different causes for this including a skin infection, inflammation of the urinary tract, a UTI, or another underlying medical issue. Your vet can talk to you more about the cause of the dried blood and the treatment that she needs after they have examined her.

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