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What is Vaginal Hyperplasia?

If you have a female dog, it is possible that you may have to deal with this condition, especially if your dog is not spayed. Prolapse of the vagina will typically happen prior to or while the dog is undergoing its heat cycle. Some dog breeds are more susceptible than others. However, when and if you do notice this, your responsibility as a pet owner is to take action right away by taking your dog to the veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

An enlarged and inflamed vaginal lining that is influenced by estrogen is known as vaginal hyperplasia. When the vaginal mucosa swells up like this, it bulges out of the vaginal lips.

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Symptoms of Vaginal Hyperplasia in Dogs

The noticeable sign and symptom is a tongue-like bulge, protruding through the dog’s vulva.  Other symptoms include:

  • Pain during urination
  • Extreme licking of the vulva
  • Spilling out of the vulva
  • Noticeable tissue at the opening of the vagina
  • Swelling of the tissue
  • Difficulty with having puppies during delivery

If your dog is pregnant and ready to give birth, pushing to deliver the puppies may result in the bulging and swelling of the tissues. In fact, this can create a blockage when your dog is ready to deliver her puppies. This should be considered a medical emergency where a C-section should be administered. If not, then the mother and the pups may be at risk. Therefore, a veterinarian should be consulted for medical assistance.

Causes of Vaginal Hyperplasia in Dogs

Estrogen is truly influential in causing a swollen vaginal lining, especially during the dog’s heat or period cycle. When your dog has this protruding mass, it prevents the dog from mating. A difficult labor is also a prerequisite of vaginal hyperplasia in dogs. This condition is caused by extended straining during the delivery process or in other instances, a forceful separation of dogs while mating. There are certain breeds affected by vaginal hyperplasia such as:

  • German Shepherd
  • Boxer
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Mastiff
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Springer Spaniel
  • English Bulldog
  • Walker Hound

Although genetic influence is obviously one factor that influences vaginal prolapse in dogs, it is not the only one. An inflamed vaginal wall could also be the reason. Your dog will have difficulty with constipation and urination.

Diagnosis of Vaginal Hyperplasia in Dogs

It is important for you as a pet owner to realize the severity of the problem and get your dog to the veterinarian as early as possible. Your veterinarian will provide a proper diagnosis upon assessing the symptoms. Most veterinarians believe that vaginal prolapse and heightened estrogen levels are connected. The reason for this observation and conclusion is that the condition usually happens prior to the dog’s heat cycle where estrogen levels are higher. 

If the condition is severe, it could result in prolapse where the tissues are visible. Of course, the obvious signs of swollen and bulging vaginal tissue in a female dog is an indication that vaginal hyperplasia is the proper diagnosis. Make sure to provide the veterinarian with further information, including the dog’s breed and how long and the instances when your pet has experienced vaginal hyperplasia.

Treatment of Vaginal Hyperplasia in Dogs

Don’t feel overwhelmed, though, because successful treatment is possible. The veterinarian will clean the vaginal area and use antibiotic cream to lubricate the area, preventing drying. If your goal is not dog breeding, then the veterinarian may recommend spaying to prevent further problems. If you are going to breed your dog, then artificial insemination would be the ideal choice. If the condition is severe, the veterinarian might consider suturing to get the mass returned to the vagina, after which it would subside once the heat cycle has been completed. The veterinarian will also make a decision whether to surgically take out the dead tissue. Doing so will avoid a reoccurrence of hyperplasia. 

Hormone therapy is also an option if your dog has not had any damage to the vaginal tissue and once urination is possible. Hormone therapy will accelerate the heat cycle and correct the vaginal prolapse. The veterinarian may apply topical cream to the area to reduce the swelling.

Recovery of Vaginal Hyperplasia in Dogs

After treatment, a vaginal prolapse will not return until your dog possibly delivers puppies again in the future. In the meantime, you should help your dog during the recovery process by continuing the use of topical creams. Your veterinarian could recommend that you consider the idea of spaying your dog. Pay attention to your pet to ensure that there is no biting or licking of the incision area.  This is important to facilitate complete healing. You may have to buy a cone collar to help with this.

Vaginal Hyperplasia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bella
boogie dog
7 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

edema

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Hello. My 7 year old girl had a mass protruding from her vulva. She was 3 days into her heat cycle. I took her to her vet immediately. They spayed her as well as placed sutures to keep the mass inside. It has been about 1 week status post the surgery and sutures. Although she is urinating well, I do notice that while she is urinating, her vulva will have some edema and the mass will show more through the loose sutures. The edema will usually last a couple of hours and then reduce in size. This does not happen every time she urinates, but on a few occasions. There are no signs of UTI, from what I have observed.

My question is... will this all resolve once her heat cycle is complete?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause is vaginal hyperplasia, it will resolve once the effects of the hormones have worn off, but it may take a week or more before that happens; in the meantime keep a close eye on Bella and her urinary habits and return to your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or other symptoms present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my pug is on heat and thers protrosion on her vagina. Is it posible and ok for her to mate? what would be the possible thing to happen if we mate her with another dog? thank you

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Blackey
Aspin
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My dog have this vaginal hyperplasia and is there anything i could do aside from bringing her to the vet? is there any life expectancy or is her life really at risk

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most cases of vaginal hyperplasia don’t need direct medical treatment if it isn’t causing a problem, usually lubrication with an antibiotic ointment is usually sufficient whilst it is present; normally in intact females the condition resolves spontaneously without intervention at the end of the estrus cycle. If Blackey has been spayed, it would be best to see your Veterinarian for a general examination; a simple case of this condition should not affect lifespan. Other possible issues like tumours, prolapse etc… may have different outcomes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/reproductive-system/reproductive-diseases-of-the-female-small-animal/vaginal-hyperplasia-in-small-animals

I'm sorry I meant spay

This exactly what my Lizzy having rite now she a big dog, and say what kind of antibiotics lubrication did you use thank you

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Dixie
Great Dane
11 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hi, I have a 11 month old Great Dane that went into heat when she was 10 months old. It was to say the least a horrible heat cycle, she swelled so big it was unbelievable. So now we are 6 weeks post heat her vulva is still swollen, not as bad, but her nipples are also swollen. I took her to the vet and they recommended getting her spayed so she doesnt have the same happen next time or have a vaginal prolapse. My concern is great dane breeders dont recommend spaying this early because they need the hormones to continue to grow, and to eliminate other health issues that can arise from a early spay. Do you have any advise?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In large breed dogs it is common to wait longer for spaying than with smaller breed dogs, generally at a year or so would be a good time to spay but this answer will vary depending on which person you ask. There are advantages and disadvantages for both spaying early and late but a compromise has to be made between the two, but again this varies from breed to breed and even will divide the Great Dane community. The issue arises regarding gastropexy, should you or shouldn’t you; I think if you are spaying a dog (and removing it from the gene pool) you should do it as well whereas other would argue against. I would recommend you wait a month or two and have her spayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 10 year old Lhasa Apa who has a prolapse, and this has been her first time. I was wondering what kind of hormones will help with this?

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Brittany
Pomeranian Chihuahua mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None

My dog got this big red thing coming out of her private area and I don't know what to do. She doesn't seem in pain. I do not breed her she's not having puppies she's not pregnant but she also not spayed yet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A protrusion from the vaginal opening may be due to vaginal hyperplasia or vaginal prolapse. Vaginal hyperplasia maybe caused by high hormone levels causing thickening of the vaginal mucosa until it protrudes from the labia of the vagina; vaginal prolapse occurs when a portion of the vagina protrudes out of the labia which maybe caused by straining while defecating or urinating. I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check the cause of the protrusion and I would suggest getting Brittany spayed as problems maybe prevented or probability reduced. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/mass-protrusion-from-the-vaginal-area

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Charlie
Lhasa Apsos
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

small red ball coming out of uterus

I have a 10 year old Lhasa Apsos who has a uterus prolapse, and this has been her first time. She got it when she went into heat, it looks like a small red ball, and seems to be getting smaller. I was wondering what kind of hormones would help with this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a small red ball protruding from the vulva, it may be vaginal hyperplasia and not a prolapse; in cases of vaginal hyperplasia no treatment is needed as the condition will self resolve once the hormones from the heat cycle calm down, however lubricating the protrusion with Neosporin would help keep it most and help against secondary infection. If the cause is a prolapse, then Veterinarian attention would be needed; but I would recommend spaying her regardless before she gets any older because conditions like vaginal hyperplasia may recur with each heat cycle. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Pug
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog has what looks like a type 1 hyperplasia(only noticed today) She's due to mate tomorrow either naturally or ai.she is fine within herself but I'm worried that although she's on day 12 there is still bright red blood. The mass is only about the size of a golf ball and does disappear back up. She missed her last season and had her first and last litter Oct 2016.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lola should be examined by a veterinarian before she is bred, to determine what is going on with her and if it is safe for her to be bred.

hi my pug is also due to mate tomorrow. is it ok to mate her with another dog or ai is the only option?

Hi. Our dog has somewhat the same symptoms. Protruding vaginal tissue and bleeding.She was confined at the vet and spayed. But after 2 months, the same situation came back. Shes bleeding again from that area and a reddish tissue protrude. So what could this be?

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Coco
Pit bull
13 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

tissue protrusion from vagina

I believe my dog has vaginal hyperplasia as of yesterday. She is a 13 year old pit pull and has never had this before. We are concerned about spaying her at this point because of her age and the fact that she is a pit bull, we are afraid it will change her. She is a very sweet old lady. She is not in any pain and is not showing discomfort in any way. She has been in heat for the last 2 weeks but is not bleeding as much as she usually does. What would you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A protrusion from the vulva in an intact female around the time of heat sounds like it may be vaginal hyperplasia (I cannot say for 100% without an examination), whilst there is this protrusion you should keep it lubricated with an antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin) and most cases spontaneously resolve after the end of the heat; you may need to place a cone on her if she is licking the area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxy
pitbull
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Round ball inside

My dog is 60 days pregnant and I noticed a small pinkish ball inside her vagina. I don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This sounds like vaginal hyperplasia which may occur during or after heat as well as during whelping, either due to hormones or due to pressure whilst straining when whelping. Roxy maybe starting to whelp keep an eye on her and if she starts to strain, showing signs of pain or you notice any strange discharge visit your Veterinarian immediately since the bulge may cause an obstruction during whelping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has this pinkish ball in her private place... There is a little bit of red on the side of it.. Is that bad??!?

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angel
American Pit Bull Terrier
8 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

vagina is hanging very low

Hi my son just got a blue nose the people he got the puppy from said she is under a year but not sure the age yesterday we noticed that her vagina is hanging very low almost like like a tube it is not red red it is actually tan in color and does not seem to be bothering her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would take Angel to a Veterinarian as a tan coloured tube isn’t usual and may assist with infection reaching the genital tract. Vaginal hyperplasia is a mass protruding from the vagina and vaginal prolapse is the vagina being forced inside out so that it is visible. Visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Bullmastiff
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have a bullmastiff Puppy I got her when she's two months old and she's turning 4months old in a few days, since I got her she has this something pink little ball on her vagina, and I assume that it's Vaginal Hyperplasia, while she's growing the thing on her vagina is getting bigger too. Two vets already checked her, but they only said we need to wait for her Heat cycle cause there is a possibility it will fade. But I want other vets opinion, I want a treatment now while she's still young and the thing is still small.
She's eats a lot, she's active and plays a lot too. It seems that she's not affected with that thing on her puerta.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vaginal hyperplasia (if that is the cause) has no treatment apart from keeping the mass lubricated with an antibiotic ointment and it normally disappears at the end of a dog’s heat cycle. The swelling of tissue is caused by estrogen, so if a dog is affected with each heat cycle we recommend that they should be spayed to prevent future occurrences. There is no medical treatment or injection which will resolve this; so it is a wait and see approach until then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog also had this is there any treatment required or it will resolve when the period is over or reoccurrence will happend I got an antibiotic tablet from doctor antibiotic name is omez 50 .after five days there is no any result then doctor said it should be surgically remove how long it takes to solve this

My shih tzu is 10 years old & has just gotten vaginal hyperplasia or vaginal edema. Because of her age I am afraid of getting her spayed! Will the hyperplasia reside on its own or will the vet need to remove it? She is urinating normally & it doesn't seem to cause her any discomfort!

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Marley
Boston Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi there my dog is definitely having this issue with her undercarriage. Is it possible to purchase the creams that I need for her without a consultation? I already have an appointment for her to be spayed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst some conditions may be treated with over the counter topical medications, some problems may require prescription strength ointments or may require systemic treatment. If Marley has a mass protruding from her vagina, an over the counter antibiotic ointment will help keep it lubricated and protect against possible infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noelle
Golden Retreiver
almost 8
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My golden retriever is spayed and will be 8 in December. She used to get frequent bladder infections and had surgery about 3 years ago for extra skin flaps in the vulva area. She was put on Proin for spay incontinence. Since that time she's only had 2 bladder infections. Last May she was treated for a bladder infection and it was noticed that she had a vulva discharge. My veterinarian noticed vaginal hyperplasia. No tissue is protruding. She found bacterial cells which were found to be normal flora of the vagina. My dog was put on two courses of antibiotics. The discharge still continues, although not as bad and the hyperplasia is still there. One specialist told my vet it could have to do with testosterone or the adrenal glands. Right now, we are waiting for a Feb. 28 appointment at the veterinary school with a urologist. It is almost December, so we will be waiting a long time. Any ideas? No other symptoms except she has frequent anal gland issues and sometimes bites around the base of her tail. No cause for that problem either... no fleas and no mites. Some days she will lick her vulva when she first wakes up , but that's it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for vaginal discharge but there are few causes in a spayed female; apart from discharge caused by excessive licking of the vulva, I am unable to think of any other possible cause for the discharge. In the meantime, you should make sure that the vulva is kept clean and try to discourage her from licking around the area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rebel
Red nose Pitbull
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My female is 62 days into her pregnancy. She has been having discharge for the last 4 days reseming that of the mucus plug. She still has not show signs of producing a pup but I have been monitoring her temperature which has dropped to approx. 98°F and her stomach and had been going from soft to hard which I could only assume to be contractions. She had been laying around and not eating very much for 3 days and all day today every time she tries to eat she throws it back up. What can I do to help her progress her labor and help keep her comfortable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is nothing at home or over counter that I would recommend you to induce or progress labour with; if Rebel isn’t in any distress, you should just keep a close eye on her in the meantime but if you suspect that there may be dystocia (malpositioned pup) or she is pushing without any result you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian regardless of cost, I understand it is Thanksgiving weekend but somethings are best to double check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carly
Blue Heeler
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My dog does have hyperplasia. She is being treated with ointment and losing weight. Times rarely noticeable. Notice when she strains for bowel movement, it protrudes further and licks a lot. Does she need surgery if this happens everytime she strains?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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True cases of vaginal hyperplasia occur during a female’s heat cycle and resolves spontaneously afterwards; spaying is the treatment of choice as it resolves the origin of the estrogen, this is recommended in dogs not intended for breeding and which have suffered from hyperplasia during multiple heat cycles. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/reproductive-system/reproductive-diseases-of-the-female-small-animal/vaginal-hyperplasia-in-small-animals

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Zuri
Pit bull
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has hyperplasia. I have called her vet and told them and they are telling me to keep a diaper on her and to keep it lubricated. You can tell when we put cream on it that it is very painful. Right now it looks like the size of a golf ball maybe a little larger. Should I be worried? Is it normal for the mass to get this large?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This sounds completely normal, it is just important to keep the mass lubricated with an antibiotic ointment and if you choose, keep it covered as well. The mass will reduce at the end of the heat cycle and is caused by an increase of sex hormones; if you are not planning on breeding her, I would recommend spaying her as this will resolve the issue and prevent occurrence also spaying will prevent other issues like pyometra etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Can you still breed her with this

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Sady
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

excessive bleeding
Swollen Abdomen

I was waiting for Sady to go out of heat to get her spay but she is still in heat I think almost 20 days
but for approximate 10 days she has had excessive bleeding and her stomach has started swelling for at least 3 days

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would be concerned about the risk of pyometra; although usually pyometra is seen four to six weeks after a heat cycle, symptoms may appear at anytime. Metritis and other conditions may also be present; please visit your Veterinarian for an examination to ensure that Sady’s health isn’t at risk. With infections of the uterus (pyometra) you would normally see an increased thirst and an increase in urination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi i would like your help i have a presa canario who has vaginal hyperlasia and has been going on for quite sometime seems to not be going away

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Diamond
Min Pin
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal prolapse

can I use over-the-counter Neosporin to moisturize and protect the prolapse? Or
or any other over the counter antibiotics for moisturizers has purple in color and drying out have no way to get to the vet for a couple days if she has a reaction to any of that

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Neosporin won't hurt, but if Diamond has a vaginal prolapse, she does need to see a veterinarian as soon as possible, as that tissue will die if it is exposed to the air for any length of time. If the tissue dies, she'll need to have surgery to repair the area. I hope that she is okay.

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