Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

PetMD Seal

Vaginal Discharge in Dogs

 

Vaginal discharge refers to any substance coming from the animal's vagina. Types of discharge can include mucus, blood, or pus. Since there are so many causes for this medical condition, consulting with a veterinarian is highly recommended.

 

Symptoms

 

Symptoms can include discharge from the animal's vagina, spotting of blood, scooting the hindquarters, attracting males.

 

Causes

 

Reasons for why an animal would experience discharge include:

 

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Foreign body
  • Vaginal trauma
  • Abnormal cells in the vaginal area
  • Fetal death
  • Retained placenta following a birthing
  • Vaginal infection

 

Some antibiotics can cause vaginal discharge. Estrogen medications given during some phases of the animal's heat or estrous cycle, medications containing male hormones, and certain antibiotics can alter the vaginal cells, leading to excess discharge.

 

Diagnosis

 

Upon examination, the veterinarian may find blood, pus, urine or feces in abnormal quantities. The veterinarian will need to review the animal's medical history and make a risk assessment. Radiograph or injection imaging may be used to examine the body for any more underlying medical conditions that would cause the vaginal discharge so that proper treatment can be prescribed.

 

Treatment

 

Outpatient treatment is sufficient under most circumstances. Medications in the form of vaginal douches and antibiotics will be used to treat the infected area.

 

Living and Management

 

The entire round of antibiotic treatment must be completed to ensure a full recovery.

 

Prevention

 

Spaying can help to reduce the likelihood of vaginal infections. For birthing animals, make sure that all of the uterine contents have left the animals body, and be observant of excess blood or discharge after the birth.

 

Related Articles

Thickening of the Uterus Lining and Fluid-...
The abnormal thickening (pyometra) of the uters' lining can occur in dogs at any...
READ MORE
Miscarriage in Dogs
Spontaneous Abortion and Pregnancy Loss in Cats    There...
READ MORE
Sperm Ducts Cysts in Dogs
A spermatocele is a cyst in the ducts or epididymis that conduct sperm, and is usually...
READ MORE

Does your pet have an identification tag or microchip?

  • Lifetime Credits:
  • Today's Credits:
Hurry Before All Seats are Taken!
Enroll
Be an A++ Pet Parent! Take fun & free courses to earn badges & certifications. Choose a course»
Search dog Articles

 

Latest In Dog Nutrition

How Obesity May Shorten Your Pet's Lifespan
Obesity is a nationwide epidemic for our pets. Unfortunately, being obese can shorten...
READ MORE
How Antioxidants Improve Our Pet's Health, ...
The science behind pet nutrition continues to make major advances. One such example...
READ MORE
5 Reasons Life Stage Diets Help Improve Pet ...
Balanced and complete nutrition is important for any animal. However, the nutritional...
READ MORE
Around the Web
MORE FROM PETMD.COM