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What is Vaginal Discharge?

Vaginal discharge is any liquid material that exits the vagina. In dogs, the appearance of additional quantities of this fluid or changes to its appearance can indicate a problem. Common types of discharge include clear and watery, bloody, mucoid, or purulent (containing pus). Each of these types of discharge can signal different conditions, such as infection, physical abnormality, trauma or reproductive issues. Schedule a visit with the veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice your dog dragging their hindquarters, licking the area or experiencing urinary incontinence.

Clinically significant or abnormal vaginal discharge in dogs is a disruption of the natural fluids produced by the body to clean the vagina. This may indicate an infection, injury or foreign body in the vagina. Additionally, it may also signal a secondary infection of the urinary tract.

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Symptoms of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

  • Bloody, mucoid, purulent or watery discharge from the vagina.
  • Bloody or very cloudy urine
  • Difficulty holding urine
  • Excessive urination
  • Fever
  • Behavior changes
  • Reduction in appetite
Types
  • Mucoid (thick and grayish)
  • Purulent (containing yellow or green pus)
  • Bloody (black, red or brown)
  • Watery (clear and thin)
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Causes of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

  • Trauma to vagina or uterus
  • Infection of urinary tract and/or vagina
  • Cancer of the pelvic region
  • Physical defect (e.g. fistula) involving the uterus or vagina
  • Later end of the estrus cycle
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Diagnosis of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

There are many reasons for vaginal discharge to appear, some of them benign and others more serious, so don’t be alarmed by the sudden presence of discharge, but do schedule a visit with the veterinarian. It's important to take quick action and not a "wait and see" attitude. Be prepared to give a medical history to the veterinarian, including any medications, surgeries or breeding activities, including whether your pet has been spayed. Note any sexual involvement with other dogs, regardless of whether breeding was intentional or possible.

The veterinarian will make a physical examination of your dog, checking for fever and signs of illness as well as examining the vagina for trauma, signs of infection, or an abnormality. Heightened vaginal discharge after estrus (“heat”) in an intact dog is normal and appears bloody. This is also normal for a number of days after an animal has given birth. However, if the bleeding and/or discharge persists, this could be a sign that the placenta has not receded after birth.

Sometimes, the urinary tract and vagina can cross-contaminate infections, leading to bloody or very cloudy urine and purulent discharge from the vagina. A sample of this discharge can be taken for culturing to identify the pathogen. In cases of infection, a blood test will be administered to gauge the severity of the infection via white blood cell count, and make sure the infection has not spread to the blood to cause septicemia (life-threatening blood poisoning).

Cancers of the vagina, uterus, and ovary can cause a variety of discharges and secondary infections, as such a veterinarian may choose to ultrasound your pet’s pelvic region to look for masses. Ultrasound is an easily-portable technology that can provide medical images in even a small veterinarian’s office, and is non-invasive and inexpensive. However, more detailed images may need to be taken via X-ray or MRI, which are larger machines and require referral to an animal hospital.

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Treatment of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

The treatment will vary depending on the underlying condition. Estrus-linked discharge usually clears up after the cycle ends. Infections will need medical attention, including antibiotics and possible surgery to drain and clean the infection site. This may require a hysterectomy on intact dogs or additional resection to animals that have been spayed.

Cancers will be treated according to the type, progression and location of the tumor. This may include chemotherapy, surgical intervention, or radiation therapy. Other abnormalities, such as a fistula (linkage between rectum and vagina) will need to be repaired surgically as well.

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Recovery of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

The recovery of your dog will depend on the condition causing the discharge. Most infections are easily treated with antibiotics and cleaning of the area while more stubborn infections may need surgical cleaning and/or draining. Cancers vary widely in their recovery rates, so ask the veterinarian about treatment options and life expectancy. Surgery to repair a defect or trauma is usually successful provided post-surgical care instructions are followed, and the pet is kept from chewing the area.

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Vaginal Discharge Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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My unspayed female is experiencing a whitish-green vaginal discharge with no other symptoms.

Oct. 11, 2020

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Dr. Gina U. DVM

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Hello Any discharge in an unswayed female dog is concerning, as it could mean that she has a uterine infection or a urinary tract infection. I recommend that you take her to a veterinarian for an exam. They will want to run diagnostics like labwork, urinalysis and possibly x-rays to figure out what is going on. Good luck.

Oct. 11, 2020

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My 4yr old Great Dane was in heat 3 months ago, she has not been around any male dogs, we recent have gotten 2 small breed puppies in the last 6 weeks, we’ve noticed swelling in her tits, and brown mucus discharge with no smell. Started todayShe acts like she’s in labor and pants and whines, & growls when our other female Great Dane gets around her, growling just started within the hour, but she’s not pregnant, there is no chance of it,no vomiting,no diarrhea, no loss of appetite, no fever.We just put a doggie diaper on her with a disposable pad, discharge looks consistent w/ the end of ht cyc

Oct. 3, 2020

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello, so sorry to hear about your dog. Your dog may have a uterine infection. This can lead to a pyometra. It would be best for your vet to look at your dog. They can start her on antibiotics and make sure that she doesn't have a pyometra. Good Luck.

Oct. 4, 2020

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Dark Vaginal Discharge

Is she just going through menopause for dogs? Or is she sick?

Sept. 29, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. It is not normal for a dog to have that kind of discharge, and as dogs age if they are not spayed, they can get infections or tumors of the uterus and ovaries. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible, as they can examine her, see what the discharge might be caused by, and get treatment for her. I hope that all goes well and she feels better soon.

Sept. 29, 2020

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Leakinh Fluids

My dog just started leaking fluid its like a whiteish substance

Sept. 29, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. That sort of fluid from the vulva could mean that your dog either has a UTI, or a uterine infection if she is not spayed. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can examine her and see what might be going on, and get medication for her and let you know what treatment might be needed. I hope that all goes well for her!

Oct. 2, 2020

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Clear Liquid Draining

my dog is dripping clear liquid from her vaginally region and this happens once a yearish. And we are concerned this time because it seems to be alot.

Sept. 28, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. That certainly isn't normal, and I understand your concern. Dogs can develop infections of the uterus or ovaries, and can have serious health problems if this happens. Since this seems to be a problem, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as they can examine her and see what might be going on. Once they know more, they will be able to let you know what treatment options there are. I hope that all goes well for her!

Oct. 5, 2020

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I have an 9 month old unspayed lab mix. She recently mated March 27 and her teats look they are dropping. I noticed a clear liquid discharge from her vagina after she peed. I wiped it away with a piece of toilet paper and smelled it to see if it had a foul odor. It doesn’t. She is active and playful, eats and drinks normally and is her normal self. I also took her to the vet this past Friday and they are 99% sure she is pregnant but asked me to bring her back in two weeks after for an x-ray because it was too early for one. They did notice the discharge and didn’t seem to be concerned about it. Is this discharge normal in a pregnant dog? I’m so scared it’s pyometra and I can’t lose her but I can’t afford the surgery for it.

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Discharge

My chocolate lab had puppies June 18 where 1 was still born and presented a day or 2 after the other puppies. it is now the end of December. She had dark brown discharge for weeks after welping and just had her first cycle last week. This week she is presenting thick green discharge. She’s still active, eating and drinking and overall seems fine but is swollen on her back end. The discharge does not have an Odor that I have noticed. Just wondering what it could be to task the vet about or how much this could cost

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Lola

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Bleeding Vagina

I have a 12 year old Yorker I noticed today that she’s bleeding and her abdomen is a little bigger than normal I know is not her period, she’s eating ok & everything else is normal, what could it be. I’m very concerned..

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Saddy

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Leaking Fluid.

my dog is leaking a clear and brown thick fluid from her vagina.And is all so is having trouble with pooping.This has been going on four about a week.She is a old dog around 80 in dog years.Please help.

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Indy

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Clear Fluid Discharge

My 2yr female husky has got a clear fluid discharge anyone got any advice please she has had one cycle in the 10 months we've had her she is not spayed, shes no different in her shelf, it happens when she is either sitting or laying.

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Average Cost

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