Vaginal Lesions

    It is my very strong suggestion dogs born with herpes virus NOT BE SPAYED BEFORE THE FIRST HEAT CYCLE!  Vaginal and sheath lesions can occur in these dogs.  The lesions will remain throughout animal's life,  and no effective treatment has been found for these lesions in spayed dogs.  If allowed to have normal heat cycles, even if they are infected,  they do not show lesions as adults.  There are several breed exception to this: Mastiff and Mastiff related breeds, English Bulls, and Golden Retrievers.

    Below are pictures for lesions in early spayed female dogs. (Sorry I don't have a camera for vaginal and sheath photos.)    Many vesicles can be seen on scoping.  These photos are of the external genitalia of prepubertal spayed dogs.