Vaginitis in Puppies

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vaginal area. It’s a common disorder in female dogs and occurs more frequently in young animals that have not been spayed. Vaginitis can be caused by infection with bacteria or yeast, foreign bodies, tumors, or trauma. The most common cause of vaginitis is infection, either bacterial or fungal. Here are some signs to look out for if you think your dog may have developed vaginitis:

Vaginitis is treatable and your dog should feel better soon.

Vaginitis is treatable, and your dog should feel better soon. There are many potential causes of vaginitis in dogs, including a bacterial infection or a yeast infection. When it comes to bacterial vaginitis, your veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.

Vaginal infections may be caused by something as simple as reacting to shampoos or other products used on the skin around their genitals; however they could also be caused by hormonal imbalances in young puppies or even older dogs who haven’t been spayed yet!

A puppy who frequently licks or bites at her vagina.

One of the most common symptoms of vaginitis in puppies is frequent licking or biting at her vagina. If a puppy is experiencing pain from any bacterial infection, she may try to relieve it by licking or biting at her genital area.

Your veterinarian will need to do tests before giving you an exact diagnosis and treatment plan, but if your dog shows any signs of vaginitis, see him right away so he can start treatment immediately!

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A reddish or brownish discharge from the vaginal area, which may be sufficient to stain the fur brown.

In puppies, vaginitis may be characterized by a foamy or watery discharge from the vaginal area. The discharge may be white and frothy, greenish or yellowish in color. Some pups have thick brown discharges that can stain the fur around their genitals.

A pup with normal vaginal discharge is unlikely to show any signs of discomfort; however, if your puppy has an abnormal discharge that’s accompanied by pain or itching around her vulva (the external part of her reproductive system), you should contact your vet right away.

Swelling in the vulvar area.

Swelling in the vulvar area can be due to a number of issues. If it is accompanied by itching, this could likely mean that your puppy has an infection or some sort of allergic reaction. However, swelling may also be caused by inflammation of the lymph nodes and/or abscesses.

Unusual odor coming from the vagina.

If your puppy’s vaginitis is caused by an infection, you may notice a foul odor coming from her vagina. This can be a sign of a bacterial infection, yeast infection, or even a parasitic infection. If this is the case, it’s important to contact your vet as soon as possible so that they can prescribe medication to treat the condition and eliminate any potential additional health problems.

Difficulty urinating, or blood in the urine, which may be related to a urinary tract infection associated with vaginitis.

Your puppy may experience a urinary tract infection, or UTI, if he is suffering from vaginitis. A UTI can be caused by a variety of things and it is important to treat the underlying cause rather than simply treating the symptoms. Signs that your puppy may have a urinary tract infection include difficulty urinating, or blood in the urine. This can also be related to vaginitis as sometimes an irritated urethra will bleed when it comes into contact with urine due to irritation from an overgrowth of bacteria.

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A veterinarian can diagnose this condition by performing tests on your pup’s urine sample. If you suspect that your dog has a UTI, we recommend bringing him into see us right away so we can begin administering antibiotics right away!


Your puppy may be experiencing a mild case of vaginitis. If the symptoms remain fairly mild and she behaves normally otherwise, it may not be necessary to take her to your veterinarian. However, any time you are concerned about your pet’s health, or if her condition worsens, you should always seek veterinary attention.