You know how sometimes, when youre down and you pick up your pet and maybe scratch their ears a bit or rub their belly and you just instantly feel better about everything? Well, there was a recent case at the PPAC that taught me that theres some strange stuff can be transmitted from animals to people via physical contact, other than emotions!
Just last week, a female dog came into the PPAC with a very enlarged and pigmented vulva—telltale signs of an excessive amount of estrogen in a pooch. This wouldnt be that crazy, if not for the fact that the dog in question was spayed, and should therefore technically not be producing estrogen at all.
On a hunch, the doc gently inquired if the owner, a woman, was on estrogen supplements, a very comon situation in post-menopausal individuals. Her answer was not surprisingly, yes.
Dr. S. knew to ask this question because this is bizarrely enough, a not so uncommon occurrence—estrogen can be transmitted, simply via touch, between people and pooches. And though estrogen pills may have the desired effect on women whose bodies have stopped producing (or produce much less) estrogen, on a spayed pooch who usually wouldnt show any such overt signs of lady-ness, the effect is nothing short off feminine.
This excessive estrogen can be harmful and, in the worst case scenario can cause bone marrow suppression. So the sad truth is, for those ladies out there taking hormone pills, it may be best to leave some of the household cuddling to someone else.
Til next time,