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Shane
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posted July 11, 2004 12:30 AM      Profile for Shane         
I need to know if I should be concerned, or if this is considered normal, or OK.
This afternoon, my dog ( Female, Rhodesian Ridgeback ) came into the garage where I was working, and she appeared as though she had been running around quite a bit by the heavy breathing she was doing. I payed no attention since she's an extremely active dog so the heavy breathing seemed normal, but after about 10-15 minutes, she was still panting heavily and seemed a little nervous like something was wrong. She would lie down for a few seconds, and then get up and pace around for a bit, then lie back down. I began to watch her a little more closely.
She was lying down again, and suddenly a clear fluid started "leaking" out of her vulva. She obviously noticed it, and sat up and began licking down there, then began pacing again. It was only a small puddle of liquid, and looked like water, or clear urine. I've never owned a female dog up until a few months ago, so I'm not sure if this is a normal thing or not. It happened maybe a half dozen times after the first, and she is still acting strange, like she is nervous or something.
The main thing that has me worried is that earlier today, there were ants near where I keep her food, so I sprayed some ant killer around, and there were some pieces of dog food lying on the ground that may have also gotten ant poison on them, and when I noticed my dog acting funny, I went to see if she may have eaten the few pieces of the dog food, and it was gone, so i am assuming she did. Although there were only a few pieces of food that may have gotten some of the ant poison on them, I'm still a little worried. She hasn't thrown up or anything, and other than the fluid leaking out of her, and acting a little strange, there are no other problems. Any ideas? I'd really appreciate some feedback on this, in case she needs medical attention.
Sorry so long of a post. Just wanted to give as much detail as I could about the situation. Thanks!

Posts: 12 | From: Hammond,LA | Registered: Jul 2004
sambucca/whiskey
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posted July 11, 2004 05:06 AM      Profile for sambucca/whiskey         
I would bring her to the vet a.s.a.p pesticides and cleanerrs are not to be taken lightly, In the future if you have ants again put her food away spray the are with Raid, they have a furmula that is not toxic to pets and children WHEN DRIED. Follow the directions.
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posted July 11, 2004 06:28 AM      Profile for pittiegurl   Author's Homepage         
Awesome breed of dog. [Big Grin] I totally agree with Sambucca.Get her to that vet A.S.A.P He/She will definitely be able to tell you what that fluid is & what caused it.I'm sorry to here about her [Frown] ,hope she feels better.Good Luck getting your dog feeling her best again.

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Shane
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posted July 11, 2004 02:13 PM      Profile for Shane         
Hey thanks for the replies!
After I posted lastnight, I read the back of the can to see if they said anything about "symptoms" of poisoning. I decided to call the number on the back of the can to see what they would have to say about it. Fortunately, they said if my dog did in fact eat the food, that since it was such a small amount it was unlikely to be fatal or need medical attention. They suggested my dog drink plenty of water, or milk, and as long as no other symptoms came about, that she should be fine. I gave her several big bowls of milk before going to sleep lastnight.
Today she seems to be feeling back to normal. I'm going to keep a close eye on her behavior today and if I notice any problems I'm just going to bring her to the vet.
I read some information online lastnight that said fluid discharge is a sign of going into heat, and restlessness was a sign as well. Hopefully, the poison was just a coencidence.

pittiegurl- Thanks [Smile] - I have had quite a few dogs, and she is by far the best dog I have ever owned. It's actually a funny story as to how I got this dog. I found her at a boat launch a few months ago. She was skinny and obviously lost. It took a little time to convince her to come by me, but the bacon sandwitch must have helped [Smile]
When I had my boat in the water ready to go, I called her to see if she would get in the boat, and sure enough, she hopped in and layed down. She came fishing with me for several hours that night and never bothered me one bit, so I decided that if she would jump in the back of the truck when we got back to the launch, I'd bring her home, which she did. She was in pretty bad shape and had some open wounds on her neck and face that looked like she had been fighting with another dog, but I figured I would atleast bring her back to health and maybe find her a new owner. I have never taken home a stray dog, but she was very pretty even in the condition I found her. I figured she was a mix breed (mut)and I thought the ridge on her back was just her hair messed up, like a "cow-lick" LOL My sister came over and she used to be involved in dog shows, and recognized the ridge as a mark of a pure breed. After some research on google, I realized the dog I found was no mut.
Anyways, of the thousands of dollars I have spent on dogs, this was the best bacon sandwitch I ever invested. [Smile] She is the most obidient, loyal, intelligent, FAST LEARNING dog I have ever seen. Everyone in my family just cant get over how smart she is.
Her wounds have healed up great, and she's almost back to being her ideal weight.

Posts: 12 | From: Hammond,LA | Registered: Jul 2004
ellierat
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posted July 11, 2004 03:01 PM      Profile for ellierat         
Yes I was going to say on reading your first post that it sounded more like she was in season, or pregnant, I was going to ask if she had been spayed.
I would doubt if the poison would affect her vulva unless it had gotten to her bladder.
Any poisoning normally has your dog frothing at the mouth, heavy panting and pain, death can be fairly quick in the dog, because of their metabolism.

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Shane
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posted July 11, 2004 05:29 PM      Profile for Shane         
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Originally posted by ellierat:
Yes I was going to say on reading your first post that it sounded more like she was in season, or pregnant, I was going to ask if she had been spayed.
I would doubt if the poison would affect her vulva unless it had gotten to her bladder.
Any poisoning normally has your dog frothing at the mouth, heavy panting and pain, death can be fairly quick in the dog, because of their metabolism.

I'm not sure if she's been spayed or not. Would a vet be able to tell me wheather she has or not by a simple check up? I am going to bring her to the vet here soon just to get here checked out and get her shots and whatever else she may need.
I thought the exact same thing about the effects of poison. I've seen a few animals get sick from poison, and they always frothed at the mouth and vomited alot. That's why I didn't take her to the vet right away. I figured if it was something fatal, there would definately be more signs.
She is definately OK now. I actually just got back inside from playing out in the yard with her. She's definately got her energy back! I haven't seen anymore fluid discharge either, so whatever the cause was, it seems to have passed.
Thank you all for the replies! Much appreciated help!

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ellierat
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posted July 11, 2004 06:01 PM      Profile for ellierat         
Don't they do a tatoo in the ear over where you are?
How old is she, depending on how long ago she may have been done, to the type of technique used, you can turn her on her back, have a look down the middle of her belly, see if there is a scar.
Don't know if a vet can tell by feeling, but they can check with an ultrasound.

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Posts: 880 | From: australia | Registered: Feb 2004
Shane
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posted July 11, 2004 06:42 PM      Profile for Shane         
Tattoo? Seriously? Never knew, or heard of that before, but then again, as I said in my first post, I've never owned a female dog before, so I don't know much about how things are done with them.
I'm not certain as to how old she is, but my friends dad really knows alot about dogs, and he said she's probably no more than 18 months, which is just about what I figured as well.
As for the scar you mentioned, I'll take a look and see if I can find one on her.
But now that I think of it, if she has in fact been spayed, then the fluid discharge wouldn't mean she was going into heat,correct? Or do the female dogs still go into heat after being spayed, but can't get pregnant? Again, I dont know much about the female dogs. I appreciate the advice.

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ellierat
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posted July 11, 2004 06:46 PM      Profile for ellierat         
No they definately can't go into heat when they have been spayed, so the discharge is another reason if so.

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Posts: 880 | From: australia | Registered: Feb 2004
Shane
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posted July 11, 2004 07:09 PM      Profile for Shane         
I went and checked her and couldn't find any sign of a scar. I guess I'll know within a few days wheather or not she's been spayed (if the fluid was in fact a sign of her going into heat) .
Either way, thanks for the help.

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ellierat
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posted July 11, 2004 08:22 PM      Profile for ellierat         
Another good sign of heat is a swollen vulva, normally starts right at the beginning, then bit of a discharge for couple of days then the bleeding.

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