Do you know what is the first thing that should come to your mind when your intact female dog seems under the weather after her heat cycle?
Your dog might just seem under the weather or act quite ill. She might continue staining even though her cycle is over.
Miku was about seven years old Akita and she was not spayed. She finished her heat cycle but kept staining. In general, the heat cycle lasts between 2-4 weeks.
But even after 4 weeks, Miku continued having a discharge.
First concerning symptoms
As time went on, Miku was also losing interest in food and becoming an increasingly picky eater. This was not completely new for Miku, she did have a fluctuating appetite before. I wonder whether the last time was also the last time she was in heat but I have no way to verify that.
How much of a red flag dwindling appetite may or may not be is often open to debate. Though to me, it is always significant.
Miku gets worse
If her symptoms were from the heat, Miku should have been improving. But she kept getting worse instead as well as eating less and less. Miku ‘ s dad, though, didn’t believe there was a reason for concern.
It wasn’t until Miku wouldn’t even come out of her crate when he took her to a veterinarian. However, Miku was sent home with antibiotics for a mild infection. That was the diagnosis she received.
As she started her medication, Miku did start improving. By the time she finished her treatment, she seemed in better shape. She even started eating. Her improvement lasted for about a week after she finished her antibiotics.
Then Miku crashed again.
Can you guess what was wrong with Miku? What would you do if it was your dog?
Read Miku’s story here
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Loss of Appetite
Estrous Cycles in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospital