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What is Vaginal Discharge?

Vaginal discharge is any liquid material that comes from the vulva. In dogs, the appearance 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 or grayish)
  • Purulent (containing 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 vulva and vagina for trauma, signs of infection, or an abnormality. Heightened vaginal discharge after estrus (“heat”) in an intact dog can be normal and may appear 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 of a problem. 

Sometimes, the urinary tract and vagina can cross-contaminate infections, leading to bloody or very cloudy urine and purulent discharge from the vulva. A sample of this discharge can be taken for culturing to identify the pathogen. In cases of infection, a blood test may be performed to gauge the severity of the infection via white blood cell count, and to 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, and your 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 a specialist.  

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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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Written by Michele K.

Veterinary reviewed by: Michele K.

Published: 09/30/2015, edited: 02/24/2021

Vaginal Discharge Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Yellow watery discharge from Vagina She is spayed She also has decreased appetite Current weight 95 pounds She also has a fleshy skin growth on her abdomen.

March 9, 2021

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello. She could have a urinary tract infection causing this discharge. I would clean her vulva with a baby wipe and see your vet for some antibiotics.

April 8, 2021

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My female pit bull is a little over 3 months old. She just peed and it looks like she had yellow pus on her vagina. This is my first time noticing it, it was only a little bit but it’s still concerning. Does this mean she has an infection? And if so what are the steps I need to take?

March 5, 2021

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Dr. Maureen M. DVM

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Hello, Pus in urine is usually an indicator of infection(UTI). On the other hand pus from the vagina is a common symptom of a condition known as pyometra. This is termed an emergency and should be looked into asap. Please take her to your vet for a more confirmatory diagnosis and treatment.

March 5, 2021

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Foul Smelling Green Vag Drainage

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello, If your dog is not spayed I worry about a pyometra. Your dog would need to see the vet as soon as possible. This can be a life-threatening condition. This could also be a vaginal infection. If your dog is not eating and lethargic, it would be best for your dog to see a vet soon.

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Hello I noticed my schnauzer had a dark brown discharge when she pee’s. She’s eating and being playful as she normally is. She was in heat about 2 weeks ago and a male got a hold of her.

Dec. 21, 2020

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello, this could be a pyometra where there is an infection that fills her uturs. These need immediate vet attention as your dog can get very sick. Many times the best thing to have done is your dog spayed to remove this infection. There is not much you can do over the counter to help. I would suggest going to the ER vet tonight

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I just noticed today she had a little bit of white discharge after she went potty, not a lot it doesn't seem to be irritating her at all. And she is eating and drinking like normal.

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Dr. Linda S. MVB MRCVS

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Vaginally discharge would not be expected and could indicate a vaginitis or infection. I would monitor closely for other signs such as increased frequency of urination, licking of the vulva, lethargy, reduced appetite etc. If signs continue or she develops more symptoms, a vet check would be best.

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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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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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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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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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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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