My dog was spayed but is now spotting blood – is she okay?

Our question this week was:

My dog was spayed about ten days ago and is spotting. Is she ok?

Allan Edwards


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that your dog was spayed about 10 days ago and is now spotting blood and wonder if she is okay.

Some dogs can have a small amount of bleeding after they are spayed. It should be a very small amount and stop normally on the first 3 days after the procedure.

I’d recommend that you ensure that there is no other evidence of bleeding – e.g. blood in urine, blood in bowel movements, bleeding gums, bruising on skin that would suggest a bleeding problem. I’d also recommend that you look at her gum color to ensure it is nice and pink. She should also have a normal attitude and play level. As she is still bleeding after 10 days the safest thing to do would be to have your vet check her to make sure everything is fine.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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