Showing posts with label dog vaginal infection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog vaginal infection. Show all posts
Monday, October 11, 2021

Girl Dog Vaginitis - How To Relieve Your Dog's Licking And Discomfort


Girl dogs can get the same problems "down there" as their moms.  Vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections and discharge are common in female dogs. Many moms know how uncomfortable any of these can be. Natural supplements along with diet changes can help prevent recurrent infections in dogs. 

Dog vaginitis,  including bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections, can cause symptoms that may include swelling, redness, itching, strong odors, and white or yellowish discharge. Dogs may lick the area incessantly and can cause external skin redness and irritation. What can you do to stop your female dog licking vaginal area?  A low carbohydrate diet and a few immune support supplements can help.   

Power Probiotic is essential in helping to repopulate good flora. This multi-strain probiotic supplement promotes the growth of good bacteria for a healthy immune system and to help fight infections. The use of antibiotics can kill the good bacteria along with the bad, creating an environment where yeast and bad bacteria can quickly overgrow.  

Olive Leaf Extract and K9 Yeast Defense have natural antifungal and antibacterial properties to help inhibit the growth of yeasts, fungi, viruses, and bacteria. They can help prevent vaginal discharge, vaginal licking and repeat infections in your female dog. If your dog has yellowish discharge with a strong odor, please check with your vet to see if it is a bacterial infection, as prescription medication may be needed.

It is common for female dogs to get repeat vaginal infections and discharge. Chronic use of antibiotics can weaken the immune system and kill off the good bacteria, enabling a cycle of reinfection. Diet can also play a role in repeat infection. Diet that are high in sugars and starchy carbohydrates can create a favorable environment for yeast and bacteria growth. Hypoallergenic, grain-free novel protein diets are helpful for female dogs that are prone to vaginal yeast infections.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dog Has Yellowish Vaginal Discharge

Q: My 5yr old dog (Trixie) has gotten some sort of an infection. She has a yellowish vaginal discharge with a slight smell to it. I have an appointment with her vet set up but was just wondering if it is safe to give her some Echineacha and goldenseal to help her fight the infection in the mean time, while we are waiting to see the vet? I have seen it in various products on the market, but wanted to make sure that it was safe to be given to a dog and what the approximate dosage would be. She is approximately 62lbs if that helps. Thank you very much for your time.

A: As ironic as it may be for all of us pet Moms, our female dogs can get many of the same ailments as we do, including vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections and discharge. I am glad you took Trixie to the veterinarian and hope she is feeling better. Here are some suggestions. First of all, it is really important to get Trixie started on a high quality Probiotic. I highly recommend Ask Ariel's Power Probiotic for Pets It is an excellent multi-strain formula and is a good value as well. Most probiotics for people and pets are not manufactured in such a way that they even do what they promise to perform. In order for a Probiotic to work, it needs to be in a form that can survive the stomach acid and guaranteed potency at the time of USE (not manufacture). This particular Probiotic has been third party tested in high temperatures and still holds up at 97%. In any case, a Probiotic will help to repopulate the good flora for Trixie. We have good bacteria that live in our intestinal tract and help us fight disease. They are very important for our immune system. When we take antibiotics, it can lower our immunity by killing off all the good bacteria as well as the bad bacterial overgrowth. That is why we often see people and pets getting repeat infections, especially after taking several rounds of antibiotics.

The yellowish discharge can either be due to an overgrowth of yeast, bacteria or inflammatory cells as result of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Regardless, the Probiotic will help to rebalance the flora and help Trixie to fight future infections. Even if you used antibiotics this time, it is very important to start on the probiotic as many times, the infection will recur.  Other supplements that will help with the yellowish vaginal discharge are K9 Yeast Defense and Notatum.   If your dog has been on antibiotics, this kills all the good bacteria along with the bad.  Good bacteria is needed to help your dog fight another infection.  In addition, when the immune system is weak, it creates an environment where yeast and bad bacteria can quickly overgrow.  Using the K9 Yeast Defense, Notatum and Power Probiotic all together can help strengthen your dog's immune system and promote a healthy growth of good flora so that your dog is protected from future infections.

In addition to Power Probiotic, I would also recommend using a grain-free diet as many times dogs get urinary and vaginal infections from too much sugar in the diet. Most of the commercial diets contain wheat, corn, oats, and even some supplements contain molasses. Take a look at the protein percentage as for a 5 year old active dog, it should definitely be higher than the low 20s which is where many of the cereal-based dog kibbles are. Even hypoallergenic diets that use potatoes instead of corn and grains are too high in carbohydrates, creating an environment which helps bacteria and yeast to overgrow. It is best to use hypoallergenic, grain-free diets (non-chicken based) for dogs and cats that are prone to UTIs and vaginal infections.