I have a german shepard dog mix, she is around a year old and is currently in her first heat cycle. I was preparing to get her fixed but her cycle came quicker than I expected.
Everything has been going well so far, she has been in a rewashable diaper so that she isn't bleeding all over the place. It is about eight days into her cycle and just this morning I noticed she wasn't sitting down right. She acted as if it hurt to sit down, so I decided to inspect. Upon inspection I found that her vagina had swollen almost double over-night. It was large but now I'm wondering if it is getting too large. She also has a small red bump on the tip, near the opening at the bottom of her vagina.(This location is with her standing up on all fours) Her weight is around 25-30 pounds, so I don't know how it works with a little bigger dogs because I have always owned Miniature pinschers so don't know how it works from bigger breeds. I am thinking it is just from her irritation of her first cycle but want to get a second opinion before I call the Veterinarian. There is no other discharges coming from her, her urine and stool seem normal, it's just her attitude that is different. She's not as rompy and playful as she has been, but seems to be in an irritated state because she is deviating from our normal morning routine.
With her diaper on she can't lick herself directly, but I'm wondering if the diaper's are rubbing and causing irritation?
Again, not sure how it works in medium sized dogs. Please let me know if you have experienced this problem or have any advice.