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    Default Puppy Vaginitis

    My pup is now 8 months and 2 days old.

    Just under a month ago, she started getting milky white-yellowish discharge from her vulva after every time she went to the toilet.
    The first day I noticed it, being an over-worried fur parent, I booked her into a vet as an emergency because it was booked out and it was a Sunday.

    Luckily, the person who was booked in at the time we got there didn't show up to their appointment so no rushing was needed - the vet took a good look at her, told me it's most likely just Vaginitis(I thought it may be UTI but she shows no other signs of that so the vet said it wouldn't be that) so they gave me tablets to give her twice daily for a week, along with surgery scrub to wash her private spot twice a day.

    The scrub really has made the area look a lot cleaner, but it's been over 2 weeks now since she finished the tablets and the discharge hasn't stopped.
    It doesn't seem to be bothering her, she doesn't over lick it or anything..

    After a bit of research I seen that PV is very common in pups 3-8 months of age.
    My pup got it around 7 months old and it's been nearly a month and hasn't changed even after medication.

    I'm assuming it'll go away after her first heat which I expect to start any day now.


    Has anyone got any experience with Puppy Vaginitis and know how long it lasted, how to help with it etc?


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    No idea.

    My puppy was desexed at 8 weeks old - so no vaginitis so far, or heats to worry about.

    This article suggests keeping it clean with baby (nappy) wipes, twice a day.
    Vaginitis in dogs: A simple approach to a complex condition - Veterinary Medicine

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    Yeh I keep it clean with surgical scrub & make-up pads the vet gave me
    If it is PV then it'll go away after her first heat, I can't get her desexed before it.

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    I can't get her desexed before it.
    why not? your vet prefers to wait? you want a sport dog? the breeder wants you to wait?

    At the moment there are lots of arguments for and against - so I'm interested in what your (vet's?) reasons might be.

    Probably a good idea to wait until the inflammation and possible infection go away though.

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    Because PV goes away after the first heat.
    Both my vet and research via Google have told me that.
    If I get her desexed while she has it, she'll always have it and I'll have to put her on tablets to trigger a fake heat(someone in my dog group has a dog who is currently on those tablets for this reason)

    (EDIT)
    I also forgot to mention that it may also go away after she's desexed although only maybe.
    I'll wait until after her first heat to see if it does, because I'll feel bad if I got her desexed now and the PV doesn't go away because she should of went through a heat.
    Last edited by RakshaWw; 11-29-2013 at 01:07 PM.

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    thanks for the update.

    not knowing much about dogs - it doesn't make much sense to me that the vaginitis would be cleared up by a heat - or a desex...

    but definitely best not to mess with anything that has an infection unless you absolutely life and death have to.

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    I think that vets opinions are divided on if allowing the first heat cycle helps or not and I think research has shown conflicting evidence. However if it were me I would allow the first heat cycle as it could help. I had a condition in my young bitch which involved a congenital incontinence and it was suggested that 50% of the time this resolved after their first heat cycle, which in my dogs case it didnt, but it was worth a shot, although unfortunately she got pyometra about 6 weeks after the heat.

    I also had a young dog under 12 months with similar symptoms to yours, except she has already been speyed. It didnt seem to respond to anything and went on for quite awhile so eventually they went in surgically and although they coudlnt find anything conclusive they cleaned up some slightly unusual looking cells higher up her reproductive tract and after that it seemed to resolve. The vets were not really sure what the deal was. Possibly a stubborn low grade infection that required surgical removal, they were not sure.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 11-30-2013 at 09:20 AM.

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