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In contrast, adult-onset vaginitis affects some spayed female dogs. Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina. Juvenile vaginitis occurs only in puppies.
Canine reproduction is the process of sexual reproduction in domestic dogswolvesfoxes and other canine species. In domestic dogs, sexual maturity puberty occurs between the ages of 6 to 12 months for both males and females, although this can be delayed until up to two years of age for some large breeds. The average length of the reproductive cycle for females is 2—4 weeks.
If you have a female dog, it is possible that you may have to deal with this condition, especially if your dog is not spayed. Prolapse of the vagina will typically happen prior to or while the dog is undergoing its heat cycle. Some dog breeds are more susceptible than others.
Artwork of Linda Arndt. Vaginitis or vaginal discharge is normal in puppy bitches from 4 - 10 months of age and although it is often treated as an infection, which it is not, it is simply a condition caused by the normal sloughing off of cells and part of hormonal and developmental changes. I will not use any antibiotics internally for this problem - this is only a temporary condition and will pass as she matures.
Vaginal discharge is any liquid material that exits the vagina. In dogs, the appearance of additional quantities of this fluid or changes to its appearance can indicate a problem. Common types of discharge include clear and watery, bloody, mucoid, or purulent containing pus.
We would much rather you rang for advice than sat at home worrying about your pet. Vomiting and diarrhoea are common problems in dogs and while they can be signs of a serious illness, the majority of cases are simple stomach upsets that typically resolve within 24 hours. If your dog develops any other signs such as lethargy or weakness, seems to be in pain, or the vomiting or diarrhoea contains blood or persists for more than 24 hours then call your vet immediately. If your dog has a chronic medical problem such as diabetes and starts vomiting we would not recommend waiting for 24 hours — seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
During this period, a female dog can and will actively try to become pregnant. Her body will produce pheromones and hormones that males dogs can smell from up to three miles away. So it can be difficult and it requires vigilance to prevent a female dog from becoming pregnant when she is in heat.
It may look like a tumor or an impending prolapse and can be very unsightly and unpleasant to see. I have had a number of dog guardians rush their dog in believing that somehow the dog was having a miscarriage. In reality though what they are likely seeing is called vaginal hyperplasia. The most common sign of this condition is a mass protruding from the vulva.