"I have a female Rat Terrier who is 6 months old and I was wondering if its normal that her front private is so huge! http://oi45.tinypic.com/2h3spsi.jpg please answer!I'm really worried"
Dr. Marie replied:
Thanks for the photo. I've included it here:
It certainly does look like Sammy has a swollen vulva. If this is the case then there is a good chance that she is coming in to heat. Any time after 5-6 months of age a dog can come into heat. You will likely notice some bleeding for a week or two.
At this time she will be fertile to males so make sure she stays away. We don't want a 6 month old dog getting pregnant!
Once she is finished her heat, wait a month or so and I would highly advise having her spayed.
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