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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

mary
Newfoundland
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swelling and redness

My newfoundland female puppy of 11 months has had a rash and redness around where she goes to the bathroom she has been on medications since august then it came back and the medications have been changed. looked like it was almost all clear and then it started up again. She also had ringworm looking spots that the dr said was was a possible skin infection this has been going on since august.

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Ouija
French Bulldog
18 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

rubbing vulva
Redness
Swelling

My 18 month old French Bulldog has been rubbing her vulva on the floor every chance she gets. I have treated her for worms thinking it was that but she still continues to do it. The area is red and swollen. I don't know if she's going into heat again and it's bothering her or if she has some type of infection..

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Laila
Chihuahua
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pink/redness
Vaginal Swelling
Vagina licking
Swelling

Her vagina is swollen is red/pink she licks it all day but she’s not bleeding she also only 6 months I’m not sure what to do about it should I take her to the doctor ?

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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.

Our 1 1/2 year old Newfie has had vaginitis and UTIs for months now. Vet keeps putting her on high powered antibiotics (3 rounds now) and all it does is tear her stomach up and cause her to stop eating and drinking. Don’t know what to do.

I have a 7 year old Brussels Griffon. She has Dermatitis on her vulva and anal area. The vet actually shaved in that area and showed me where the hair was growing in the skin folds. She is hurting really bad and not wanting to go outside. I was told to use the CORTISONE cream to help with inflammation.

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Maggie Mae
Basset Hound
Three Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Low Urination
Vaginal Swelling

Hi, there. We adopted a beagle-basset mix last week. She's 3-ish and recently spayed. Her vulva appears to be swollen, and I've seen her scooting a few times. Of greater concern is that she only seems to urinate once or twice a day, which I'm sure can't be normal! Since we haven't had her long and her journey to us was difficult (as most rescues' journeys are), it's hard to say how she's behaving. She's definitely very calm anyway, and while she has her playful moments, she's fairly lethargic. (That said, we're in the middle of a heatwave!) We do have an upcoming vet appointment, but I'm worried about how infrequently she's urinating. Bowel movements are daily and fine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Twice a day might be normal for her, and it may be a good idea to make sure that there isn't a spot in the house that she is urinating without you knowing, just in case! Depending on when she was spayed, it may take some time for the swelling to resolve if she was in heat, but it would be a good idea to mention that to your veterinarian when you have her appointment. If her scooting worsens or the swelling is getting worse, having her seen sooner vs. later might be a good idea.

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Winnie
Yorkshire Terrier
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Swelling

I just discovered that my 3# 9 year old yorkie has a protrusion bubble exiting her vaginal. I walk her and my other 2 yorkies every day. I didn’t notice any problems with her peeing earlier but this could be a problem. What can I do until morning

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Winnie it is difficult to say what the cause is, however if she isn’t spayed it may be vaginal hyperplasia is there is a mass of tissue protruding from the vulva; if there is a mass you may apply a little bit of an antibiotic ointment to it to keep it lubricated and to help against secondary infection but visit your Veterinarian in the morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Shih Tzu
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Iritated with discharge
Iritated vagina with discharge

My four month old Shih Tzu puppy has irritation around the base of her vagina, a day after I had given her a trim noticed a discharge coming out of her vagina, creamy in color, our vet office is closed for the day and was wondering what I could do to help her until I am able to get her in to see her, but because of work will be a couple more days .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sounds like Bella has a touch of vaginitis which may occur in young female pups, you should ensure the area around the vulva is cleaned with some chlorhexidine wipes and you should prevent her from licking there. Your Veterinarian most likely would prescribe some antibiotics, but I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian sooner rather than after a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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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
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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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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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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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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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Dee
Golden Doodle
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

My dog was just spayed today - laparoscopic. For surgery she was shaved she has been licking her private area since we got home and she has itching and seems very irritated. She will lay and whimper and then get up Suddenly and lick her privates. She can't get comfortable. She will sleep for a little while and then wakes up and starts licking and itching and seems kind of upset. She still wags her tail and wants to be petted and has been eating and drinking a little bit. She is panting alot & cant settle down. Do you think she has a urinary tract infection? She had one a few months ago and was on an antibiotic. Do you think she should be on an antibiotic now? I'm going to call the vet when they open in the morning. It's 4 a.m. and neither one of us can sleep. She's 6 months old - golden doodle - thanks!

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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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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

Hello hope someone can comment. German Shepard 3 yrs old. Started clear vaginal discharge. Started antibiotics went away for a month. Came back. Took her tested urine & was negative. Came back more frequently took her in & urine came back with staph. Antibiotics for 3 wks. One discharge 2 wks later but didn’t come back. House is clean. Backyard clean. Limited type of dog food ingredient wise. Now she’s licking vaginal area again. She’s spayed. They did abdominal ultrasound & was negative before anything. Any suggestions idk why she’s doing this or happening

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Chonchis
Shihpoo
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Redness around vagina
swollen vagina

My 8 month old shih poo has been having redness and little dry crusty patches around her vagina and this morning I seen it was very swollen, but she has not had her first cycle yet and she’s potty trained. Are these signs of her first heat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling of the vulva may occur during her heat cycle, however the crusty patches are not typical and may be due to some irritation, dermatitis or other cause. You should ensure the affected area around the vulva is kept clean but if the area is really dry you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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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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Bitsey
Shih-Zu Poodle
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
red vulva, crying, licking

My Shih-Zu Poodle mix is about 16 yrs old. She is spayed and I noticed while shaving her that her vulva is red and irritated looking. She is constantly licking and crying. I haven't seen her eat or drink in the last day. She was fairly matted as she tries to bite when you groom her and I don't have the money to take her to be groomed. Any advicewould help. I don't have the money for a vet appt at this time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bitsey may have a painful infection on the skin around her vulva, or there may be more going on. She might need medications to help her be more comfortable, as she sounds quite painful. Many clinics do offer a free or discounted first exam fee that would at least allow you to have her seen so that you know more what is going on.

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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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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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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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Sapha
Chorkie
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dark dishcharge
Discharge
Not cleaning herself

My dog Sapha is 6.5 years old, she is a small Chorkie but looks like a white apple head chihuahua. She was rescued at 12 hours old, along with her mother and so her mom had always cleaned her. For the past couple years, Bella, the mother, has been cleaning Sapha less and less and Sapha does not clean herself. So for the last couple years, about once or twice a month (I try not to clean all the time to not cause any irritation) I will clean her privates because they get SO dirty. I am talking BLACK chunks of I don’t know what, dark dark dark discharge, thick and gooey. Her privates used to be pink, and now they look “stained” at parts from the dark dirt from her not cleaning herself. It’s gotten to the point that the filth on her gets so bad, that just using a Q-Tip on the side of her private that touches her inner thigh, will cause the little crevice to start to bleed from it being so irritated from the dirt. Almost like if a baby has a dirty diaper for too long. I’ve had to start cleaning more often now because of the bleeding that started. She has an appointment already to see the vet, but can you give me ANY understanding as to what the dark dish charge could be? Is it just dirt accumulating? Or is there an actual medical problem that can cause this kind of very dark discharge? Also, the filth accumulates around the entire private area. Near the vagina itself (the hole) and inside of it, and up along the little folds that touch the inner thighs. I’m just at a loss and can’t find anything on the internet about this. Is she just unlucky and gets super dirty super quick? Or is there an actual issue with dark discharge? thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Sapha isn't spayed that may be an abnormal uterine discharge, or she may have more active hair follicles than most dogs and may get dirty quickly. I'm glad that you are taking her in to see a veterinarian, as that sounds quite painful for her. The will be able to figure out what is going on with her, and may be able to help prevent it from happening in the future.

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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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Mia
Boxer
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

My 6 year old female boxer is jumping up really fast like out of her sleep or just laying there, and then she starts licking her private are very fast. I checked her and it looks maybe a tad swollen but no smell or discharge of any kind that I see. Do you know what I can do to relieve the itching or what would possibly cause this? Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mia it is difficult to say what the specific cause of this sensitivity and vulva swelling is; infections, trauma, tumour among other issues may lead to problems. You should try to keep the area of the vulva clean and prevent Mia from licking there (cone or similar); however you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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DREAM
alapaha blue blood bulldog
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Urine Spotting

I have an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. She is 12 months going on 13 months. Around nine months I noticed this whitish liquid in her vulva. I went to the vet and they told me she would grow out of it during heat. She just had her first heat in May and I saw the liquid again the other day ( June 25, 2018). It’s never seemed to bother her. I have never ever seen her licking it. She’s never even acted like it bothers her. She does pee a lot and drink a lot of water...but i cant tell if that a symptom or because of the summer. I am a breeder and would love to know whats the problem. She’s the first I’ve seen this in.
If it is vaginitis what type of antibiotics would I use to cure it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like it may be a little bit of vaginitis, but I cannot recommend any particular antibiotic legally without examining Dream first; however the article below is quite interesting and discusses both juvenile and adult vaginitis and also gives some indication of commonly used treatments for various causes of vaginitis. However, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to receive treatment if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/vaginitis-dogs-simple-approach-complex-condition

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Leia
Boxer
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Crying&trying to bite vigina

My 8 year old female boxer is fixed she has been going crazy as if she had a flea bitting at her vigina I check her well and dont see anything nothing red or swallow and she does not itch on any other parts of her body and she crys out in pain and jumps upout of no were trying to bite at her vigina please what could it be and what should I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Leia has an infection, an irritation, or a tumor or growth that is causing her such distress. Since I can't examine her, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at her, determine what might be happening, and get relief for her.

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CeCe
german sheperd
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Crying
Frequent Urination
Vaginal Swelling
Vaginal Discharge

My 9 month old GSD has been licking her vaginal area a lot. There is a decent amount of white discharge coming from her vulva and she is clearly uncomfortable and crying. Could this all be part of her first heat or is this unusual?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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This sounds a little unusual for her first heat. There isn't typically white discharge when they go into heat, and she could have an infection. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to have her looked at, and they will be able to analyze her urine and see if she does have an infection. It is always helpful when you take her in to try and not let her urinate for a few hours before hand so that they will be able to get a good sample.

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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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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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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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