Your dog's overall health means a lot but some parts of the body are more easily affected by illnesses and diseases. And one of these body parts is your dog's vagina.
Let's identify if your dog's vagina is healthy or not, ways to properly care for it and if it's time to make a call to your vet.
Getting to know your dog's vagina
"The vulva becomes swollen when your dog is in heat and its appearance can change over time if your dog is not spayed."
To be able to tell if something is not right with your dog's vagina, first you need to know how it normally looks.
Vulva is what you call the outer part of your dog's reproductive system and on the outer layer, too, are two labia (thick folds of tissue) that are attached.
Though you may not be able to see it by the naked eye, you can feel the vestibule that is located to the inside of the vulva opening.
The vagina leads into the vestibule, so does the urethra—the tube that drains the bladder. The vagina connects with the cervix and then the uterus.
The vulva becomes swollen when your dog is in heat and its appearance can change over time if your dog is not spayed.
Is something wrong?
Most of us are not sure whether or not our dogs have vaginal infections.
Here are signs to look for:
Abnormal discharge from the vulva (yellow, green or white) which has pus or blood
Constant licking of the vulva (to the point vulva gets dry and itchy)
Excessive rubbing of the hind part
Frequent urination with signs of discomfort
Male dogs may show sexual interest in your dog even she's not in heat
Vaginal issues can be caused by many reasons. It can be because of bacteria, pathogens, foreign bodies and may also be because of underlying health conditions like pyometra, UTI, or tumors.
How to properly take care of it
There are ways you can actually take good care of your dog's vagina. It can be through the following:
Bath. You can use a washcloth to wipe her private area when in the bath. Make sure you begin with washing her face first so that other bacteria from her body won't be able to cross her face.
Healthy diet. A healthy diet can provide your dog a healthy body. This will help reduce risks of getting diseases, improve mood, decrease stress and will manage a wide range of health problems
Supplements. Provide your dog with nutritional supplements like multivitamins and supplements for the bladder to help her fight off diseases and maintain a healthy state.
Your dog's vagina can signal that there is something not right in your dogs system and it is your responsibility as a pet parent to confirm this by visiting you vet and providing him with extra love and care all the time until she is given the proper treatment plan and has fully recovered.
"You can use a washcloth to wipe her private area when in the bath. Make sure you begin with washing her face first so that other bacteria from her body won't be able to cross her face."