Vaginal discharge in dogs.

Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

Overview of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

Vaginal discharge is a common symptom in dogs with vaginitis, a uterine infection, or urinary tract infections. Vaginal discharge is the appearance of liquid material (other than urine) from the labia of the vulva (the external female genitals). Vaginal discharge may be clear and watery (serous), bloody, thick and gray (mucous), yellow/green (purulent), or dark green/black (after giving birth). The discharge may or may not have an odor. Licking at the vulva may also be noted.

Vaginal discharge, depending on the type and circumstances, may be considered normal in some cases. However, its presence may also signify a disease process of the urinary tract or reproductive tract in dogs.

Causes of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

Warning Signs to Watch Out For

Diagnosis of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

It is important to obtain a complete medical history and to perform a thorough physical examination. Additional tests may include:

Treatment of Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

Vaginal discharges that are considered normal for the dog do not require treatment. In addition, mild vaginitis that is sometimes present in young puppies often resolves spontaneously once the dog is spayed or has passed through its first heat.

Other causes of vaginal discharge are more serious and require specific therapy, depending upon the cause. Examples of such therapy include:

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Home Care

Administer all prescribed medications as directed by your veterinarian. Observe your pet closely. If the clinical signs are not improving or are getting worse, contact your veterinarian at once.