Vaginitis in Dogs

Overview of Canine Vaginitis

Vaginitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the vagina. It is more common in dogs than in cats and is often seen in dogs less than one year of age. Vaginitis often resolves after the first estrous cycle.

The cause is often nonspecific but can include:

What to Watch For

Signs of Vaginitis in Dogs may include:

Diagnosis of Vaginitis in Dogs

Diagnosis often includes trying to exclude other potential causes of the symptoms. Tests may include:

Treatment of Vaginitis in Dogs

Home Care and Prevention

Administer prescribed medication or therapy by your veterinarian. If condition persists, contact your veterinarian for additional diagnostics or recommendations.

Vaginitis is often very difficult to prevent; however, keeping the hair around the vulva short and clean may be of benefit in some cases.