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What is Vaginal Inflammation?

Vaginitis is a condition that can be found in both puppies and older dogs. There are numerous causes such as bacterial infection, anatomical anomalies, and cancer. Your pet may let you know that there is a problem that needs to be checked by displaying signs like frequent urination and constant licking of the vaginal area. Treatment protocols vary depending on the age of the dog and the severity of the inflammation. For example, in the case of juvenile vaginitis, the condition may resolve after the first estrus (heat cycle). In older, spayed dogs estrogen therapy could provide relief. A visit to the veterinarian is the best idea as she will know the which treatment protocol is suited to your pet’s needs.

Inflammation of the vagina in canines is also defined as vaginitis. Characterized by a swollen vaginal area accompanied by discharge, vaginitis can sometimes resolve on it’s own. It is best to have a case of vaginal inflammation checked out by your veterinarian because sometimes this condition can lead to chronic vaginitis and further complications, which may give your dog constant discomfort.

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Symptoms of Vaginal Inflammation in Dogs

Some canines are asymptomatic for vaginal inflammation, but many will show obvious signs, pointing to the fact that irritation and pain are present.

  • Discharge may be whitish yellow and contain blood
  • Your pet may lick the vulvar area consistently
  • Urination may be frequent
  • It could be obvious that your dog is experiencing pain or difficulty when urinating
  • The vaginal area might be red and swollen
  • Your dog could scoot her bottom along the floor
  • Male dogs might show an interest in your dog

Types

Vaginal inflammation is classified in two ways, depending on the age of your dog.

  • Juvenile vaginitis occurs in prepubescent dogs
  • Adult onset vaginitis is more common in spayed females than in intact dogs

Causes of Vaginal Inflammation in Dogs

The exact reason why your pet has inflammation in the vaginal area can be hard to pinpoint. Some of the causes can be as follows.

  • Infection
  • Age (pre-puberty and old age can predispose)
  • Irritation from urine or fecal matter
  • Vaginal neoplasia
  • Foreign body migration such as foxtail
  • Anatomical anomaly that can cause the normal secretions of the vagina to not drain as they should
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Canine herpesvirus
  • Canine brucellosis (bacterial infection)
  • east infection (rare)
  • Ovarian remnant syndrome (the dog still goes into heat even though spayed)
  • Uterine stump pyometra (residual tissue is present after ovariohysterectomy)
  • Vaginal abscess
  • Ectopic ureter

Diagnosis of Vaginal Inflammation in Dogs

Your veterinarian will need some basic information before she can begin the diagnostic process. Recent health issues, your pet’s dietary habits and her energy level of late are all key points that will be discussed. Letting your veterinarian know how long the suspected vaginitis has been an issue, and how much the condition seems to affect your pet’s day to day demeanor will give her an indication of the severity.

A physical examination of your pet will include a digital exam of the vaginal area. This will enable the veterinarian to gently explore the area for anatomical abnormalities. A vaginoscopy is another possibility which gives a visual view of the vaginal mucosa where observation can be made on the color in comparison to normal canine mucosa. A vaginoscopy will also allow the veterinarian to look for masses or lesions in the vagina. In addition, your veterinarian may want to make use of other imaging techniques like a radiograph or an ultrasound.

A vaginal tissue scraping will be analyzed in the cytology lab to look for cellular changes, and a bacterial culture of the discharge will indicate if the amount of bacteria is above and beyond what is normal vaginal bacteria. Standard testing of blood, urine, and feces will be included in the diagnostic process as well.

Treatment of Vaginal Inflammation in Dogs

Any case of vaginal inflammation will involve finding out the reason for the discharge and swelling and putting forth a resolution. Treatment can vary greatly depending on the cause of the problem. If there is an anatomical anomaly, surgery will be done. An example of this is resectioning of a uterine stump. A urinary tract infection, or a proliferation of bacteria above normal readings would require antibiotics. In the instance of a foreign body in the vagina such as the migratory foxtail, removal should provide relief. 

Other medical protocols could include anti-inflammatories, glucocorticoids, and replacement hormone therapy. In mild cases, the simple treatment of daily cleansing with a mild prescription douche or wiping of the vaginal area with prescribed wipes could be all that is needed. In the case of juvenile vaginitis, resolution of the problem could happen on it’s own once the first estrus cycle has occurred.

Recovery of Vaginal Inflammation in Dogs

If a surgical treatment was required, the at-home guidance will vary and will be given to you by the veterinarian, specific to your canine companion’s situation. If your pet has been sent home with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or estrogen therapy be certain to adhere closely to the veterinarian’s instructions. Never stop a medication mid-course, even though you may feel that your dog is feeling better. Keep all follow-up appointments and always call the clinic if you have questions or concerns.

Vaginal Inflammation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Reese
Miniature Pinscher
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 5 month old pup has noticeably been licking herself and not drinking as much as normal, also her vulva is red and a little swollen. A couple days ago she was constipated and I changed her food to wet to help and it has, but since she has been having the other symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Puppies sometimes get vaginal infections or irritations, and Reese may need treatment for this problem. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, analyze a urine sample if needed, and get her any treatment that she may need.

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Sophie
Mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen vulva
Licking at Genitals

My year old puppy has a enlarged vulva it seems swollen and is a bit red and puffy. It’s been 2 days.. She is constantly licking that area and is urinating in different areas... she has not had her first heat yet but I am not sure if that’s the cause... I’m not sure if I need to just wait it out a few more days to see if she goes into heat or take her into the vet....

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The signs that you describe may be her actually being in heat. Without seeing her, I an't be sure, and her licking and urinating in different locations may indicate an infection as well. It would be a good idea to have her examined, just in case, as they will be able to let you know more if this is normal heat behavior for her, or if she has a problem. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Libby
Labrador
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi-my 3 year old lab was diagnosed with having an ulcer on her vulva. She was originally prescribed rimadyl and Antibiotics, but it didnt take it away. The vet then put her on prednisone and instructed me to clean the area with medicated wipes every other day ( which I have been doing faithfully). The ulcer looks like a white piece of rice. She has been on prednison for 6 days now and the ulcer still looks the same. She voids well and doesnt itch or lick the area at all. Should I be seeing the ulcer start to disappear?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Over this time frame you should have seen some improvement by now after all this treatment, without an examination of the ulcer and its depth etc… it is difficult to say what the specific underlying cause is or if any different treatment is required. You should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether a different course of treatment or a wait and see approach is needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Goldendoodle
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Redness
Bum dragging on ground

Medication Used

Boosters

Our 1 week old puppy has some redness around her vagina and has been dragging her bum around on the ground the last 2 days. I just gave her a bath and trimmed her fur around her bottom because she had some diarrhea 2 nights ago and still hasn't fully firmed up completely. Do we take her to the vet or just keep the area clean for now and see if the redness goes away? She had her boosters and a worm treatment last week on top of adding a bit of wet food to her usual dry... She hadn't been eating much of the dry before, but now eats it all. Perhaps the perfect storm of new things? 2

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can clean around the anus and the vulva thoroughly twice per day with a dilute antiseptic to be on the safe side and monitor for the time being; if you notice any discharge from the vulva or any other concerning symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian, if there is no improvement by Friday you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Rottweiler
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

I have a 4 yr old female rottweiler that has started scratching her vulva on the floor(sits and turns circles to scratch) There is no swelling or discharge or redness. What condition could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Is she scratching the vulva or her anus? Although it sounds more vulva than anus. This may be the early stages of urinary tract disorders (infection, crystals etc…), reproductive tract issues or anal gland issues (among other causes). Without examining Bella I cannot say for certain what the cause is or which treatment to give. You could try bathing the vulva and anus with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area as well to see if there is any improvement, if not visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie
Labradoodle
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fur growing from vagina

We have a 15 month old dog that is 25% Labradoodle and 75% Aussie doodle that was spayed at 6 months. She has a very soft coat but it grows everywhere, even out of her vaginal opening. I started her on probiotics and a grain free diet the day we brought her home at 8 weeks and she usually allows me to clip extremely close to the ara but I know she still gets bouts of vaginitis. Maybe it's chronic and just gets worse as the fur gross out. We are financially strapped right now as my husband suddenly lost his job. Is there anything I can do to help our dog right now? I suppose there is a surgery to correct this. I wish it had been taken care of during the spay surgery.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is unlikely that hair is actually growing from Gracies's vagina, as that tissue does not grow hair, but without seeing her, I can't make that determination. In the meantime, keeping her very clean, wiping the area 2-3 times a day with an anti-bacterial wash may help keep vaginitis from recurring. Your veterinarian will be able to give advice on longer term solutions.

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Macy
Schnoodle
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

red female parts

My 12-yr-old spade 12-lb Schnoodle has just started licking at her crotch all too often during the last 3 days. She's licking a protruding area (female parts the size of a dime) which is now red / irritated looking. I have not noticed any discharge, but that could be because of the frequently licking. She's showing no other issues; this is not like her at all to be this bothered with something. It's a weekend of course, so the vet is a secondary choice but an option. Wondering if you may have some ideas what would bring this on suddenly, what to look for, and methods to try. Thanks a lot.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Macy may have a urinary tract infection or other problem with her urinary tract, and those can be quite painful. She will need to see a veterinarian to be examined, and have a urine sample looked at to see what she is having problems. This isn't something that you can treat at home, and an untreated urinary tract infection can quickly lead to larger problems such as bladder stones.

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june
dachund
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

my dog gave birth 2days ago but the puppy died...she is constatly liking her vaginal region and she is crying for attention all the time.no redness in the vaginal region..what can i do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Are you sure there were no other pups? Licking of the vulva isn’t uncommon after whelping and excessive licking may lead to irritation and reddening of the skin; you should try to prevent June from licking her vulva and bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic. If you think there may be retained pups or anything else concerning visit your Veterinarian. Monitor June for the time being and ensure she is comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilly
Beagle
12 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

enlarged vulva

My 12-month-old beagle has a large vulva. It's not red and has no discharge. She had puppy vaginitis and was treated with antibiotics several times. She had her first heat three weeks ago. The vulva became huge. However, we never saw any signs of blood. It's gone back to being large, much larger than my other beagle that is spayed. She does not lick it, has no problems urinating, or doesn't display any discomfort. Also, her nipples seem rather large. She has no discharge from them and they don't hurt. She's not pregnant. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being if there are no issues with Lilly doing her business and she isn’t showing any signs of distress, you should keep an eye on her for a few days to see if the symptoms improve; however if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause and to have Lilly spayed if you are not planning on breeding her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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QUEEN
American bully
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

MY FEMALE AMERICAN BULLY IS 2 YEARS OLD AND HAS SWELLING OF THE VAGINA . WE THOUGHT SHE WAS COMING INTO HEAT BECAUSE SHE HAS NOT YET HIT HER THIRD HEAT AND ITS BEEN 8 MONTHS . WE NOTICED A GREEN DISCHARGE AND WE PUT HER ON SOME AMOXICILLIN PILLS AND WAS TAKING TWO PILLS A DAY , ONE IN THE MORNING, ONE AT NIGHT FOR SEVEN DAYS STRAIGHT . SHE NOW HAS NO MORE GREEN DISCHARGE BUT SHE DOES HAVE SWELLING OF THE VAGINA . WHEN SHOULD HER SWELLING GO AWAY? SHE SEEMS TO BE DOING JUST FINE .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Queen may be having a heat cycle, or she may have a bladder or uterine infection. If it is related to a heat cycle, the vulvar swelling can last from 4-10 days, typically. If you don't notice that things are returning to normal within that time frame, or if she continues to have discharge, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as I cannot examine her or determine if she is having a problem. I hope everything goes well for her.

I would advise going to the vet as soon as possible! The quicker you get her in, the sooner you will be able to find out what is wrong and help ease her pain.

My dog is an adult chihuahua and i've began to notice something was wrong with her because she would sing her butt in when she would walk. Yesterday we lift her back paws up and saw her vagina and you couldn't even see it all we saw was like a red cherry cirlce. She uses her tail to cover it she's like constantly trying to lick it but she can't reach and it bothers her. I know I need to take her to the vet but I need to find out what's wrong with her :(.

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Love
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Itching

What do i do to help my baby girl dog, with this problem she keeps licking her vagina. Can i just clean it with alcohol or go buy some special dog cream or something ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is no discharge coming from the vulva, you can try to bathe the area around the vulva with warm water or a dilute antiseptic; if there is a discharge you should visit your Veterinarian as Love may required antibiotics or other medication to treat any vaginal (or uterine) infection which may be present. Many times this is a skinfold dermatitis problem, but may be more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What can be done about skinfold dermatitis?

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Woofy
Great Dane
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My female Great Dane 9mths has recently in last few weeks been licking herself like crazy. This is leaving her virgina very swollen, also is a sticky looking discharge.
She is not desexed and has not come on heat.
She has a healthy dry food (meals for mutts) I have been advised is ample.
She seems to be herself, lazy but it is summer where we are.
Not sure the reason or how to stop it?
Any advise would be great.
I have just purchased some digestive type vitamins to try.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a small amount of discharge which is clear and not smelly, you should keep an eye on her; the lethargy may be due to the weather (I know it makes me tired especially if it is humid). I would keep an eye out on the discharge, but if there is no change, it becomes more voluminous or starts to smell you should consult with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kahlua
Husky
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Spotting
Licking at Genitals
swollen
Itching

My dogs vagina has been swollen, she’s constantly licking it. I find little spots of blood where she sleeps but not enough for her to be in heat. I don’t know what to do to prevent it from getting worse and I wish I knew what it is so i could take the proper steps to get it taken care of. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of vaginal inflammation which may include infections, trauma, foreign objects, urinary tract issues (stones), tumours among other causes; initially you could try to keep with vulva clean with dilute chlorhexidine and put a cone on her to prevent further licking. If there is no improvement, you should take her into her Veterinarian for an examination to see what the underlying cause is and to get more appropriate treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi my Staffordshire bull terrier has a red swollen vulva on one side she has just come out of her season about a week ago she has never had pups she's 8 years old an eating well an stiill happy in herself

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Red swollen vulva (or one side) may be caused by hormones (after being in head), infection, trauma, tumours, irritation or other injury. I would keep an eye on it and if the swelling goes down over the next week or so, if not I would take her into your Veterinarian for an examination. If the skin is broken, bathe the area with dilute chlorhexidine regularly; if you are not planning to breed her have her spayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kimi
Shih tzu/terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vagina licking
Itching

I noticed my dog constantly licking her vagina and she has been scratching herself more than usual. She is still very active. Can she have vaginal inflammation ? She's a spayed female adult.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vaginal licking may occur for a few reasons including irritation, infection, urinary crystals etc… Try to stop Kimi from licking her vagina and try to regular bathe the vulva regularly as constant licking may lead to vaginitis which leads to more licking. If you see no improvement, it would be best to speak with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
German Shepherd
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Swelling

My dog is an adult, she is constantly licking her vulva. Her vulva is very swollen and raw, it is infected i believe. There is also a dark purple color to it, and on the skin around it. I have been applying vinegar water to the area but i'm wondering what the best treatment would be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling of the vulva may be caused by infection or excessive licking; firstly stop Sadie from licking the area (you may need a cone) and bathe the vulva with dilute chlorhexidine. If Sadie is still intact (not spayed) then pyometra should always be in the back of your mind; it would be best to have your Veterinarian check Sadie over and to get some antibiotics if needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shelly
King Charles Spaniel
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen vulva area
swollen vagina
swelling around the vulva
Scooting his hind end along the ground
scooting her bottom on the floor
Swelling
swelling on vulva
smelling clear discharge
discharge,excessivedrinking of water
smelly discharge
smelly discharge

My king charles cavalier is 9 years old and is a female, she has had a couple UTI's and has a horrible clear discharge that smells fishy. Now her vagina is very swollen and is scooting on the floor a ton. They said in her blood work she had something called cavs? Something about the kidneys?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not sure about the CAVS, it may be CRS (cardio-renal syndrome) but it would be best to contact your Veterinarian’s office for clarification of Shelly’s problem; as for the vaginal discharge, it may be attributable to pyometra (if intact), uterine stump pyometra (if spayed), vaginitis etc… At a minimum Shelly requires a course of antibiotics and to have her vulva bathed regularly, but may require more action if pyometra is present which would be consistent with smelly discharge and an increase in thirst. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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