I have an 8-year old Doberman. She was fixed around 8 months and I've had her since she was 9 weeks. I took her to the Vet yesterday because of a bleeding problem.
She has started dripping blood from her private area. It seems to happen in the morning, then it goes away and doesn't happen for the rest of the day. The Vet took x-rays and everything seems to be fine, but states that she could have an enlarged heart (though it looked normal in one x-ray), or, her blood may not be clotting as it should. We get the results of her blood work back tomorrow to find out.
I'm also thinking that it could be caused from her holding her urine over the course of the night. She seems to have to go to the bathroom more often and she is very good about not going in the house. Could this be causing pressure on her bladder, or is her bladder causing the problem?
Has anyone else experienced this? This is the first time Gretchen (our dog) has had this problem and I don't understand it. She can't be in heat because she was fixed.
Sorry about your Dobe. I own 5 adults and breed and show them.HAve you had her tested for VwD or Von Willebrand. It is a bleeding disorder somewhat common in Dobes and sometimes doesn't show up until later in life. This could be the problem since she has been spayed and you've not had trouble with her since. That would be my first place to go in trying to figure this out. Good luck edit...just read her name is Gretchen...So is my favorite bitch! her name is CH Sheza Fetchin' Gretchen
schoolbus ..... if his dog had vwd, he would have known about it at the time his girl was fixed. correct me if i am wrong, but from my understanding, dobes either have it and have problems with it, carry the genes for it but never have problems with it, or they are clear of it entirely. they are born one of those three ways and its not something they "develop" as they get older.
my guess would be bladder infection also. you sau you had xrays done. were xrays taken of her bladder ? bladder stones cause a lot of irritation which would cause that kind of bleeding. possibly some type of tumor ?
let us know what happens. hope she gets better soon.
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I am not an expert on VwD, but they can be 1)clear with no gene present-unaffected 2)carriers with one affected gene and one non affected 3) affected carries both genes, may or may not be "bleeders"
I have heard of affecteds not having problems with it,even through ear crops and spays. Although it would, in most cases pose a problem with any surgical procedure. A friend of mine who is more knowledgeable than I says that there are "degrees" of how affected they are,depending on the genes. This is second hand information so I can't say how true or untrue it is. But this would be the first avenue I would go down to try to figure out the problem with this bitch