Vaginal Discharge & Pyometra

Vaginal Discharge & Pyometra

Vaginal Discharge & Pyometra:  Vaginal discharge is not actually a condition in itself, but rather the indication that something is wrong with either the reproductive tract or the urinary tract.  There are many possible causes for this problem:

Uterine Problems:

* Uterine infection called pyometra – in bitches who have not been spayed.
(this is more likely to happen with older or middle-aged bitches)  Bitches who have been spayed can also suffer from what is known as “Stump pyometra”, where there is infection of the remaining stump of the uterus.

* Abortion, miscarriage or birth of puppies

* Endometritis (inflammation of the lining of the uterus)

* Uterine cancer (rare)


Ovarian Problems:

* Ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer (both of which are rare)

Vaginal Problems:

* Infantile vulva (where the vulva is not protruding as far as would be considered normal, and the skin around it becomes sore with dermatitis – especially if the bitch is over-weight)

* Juvenile Vaginitis (seen in sexually immature bitches, before their first season).  This problem usually disappears by itself as the bitch matures.

* Injury resulting from mating – an excessive yelp or cry during the mating may be heard

* Infection following mating

* Vaginal prolapse

* Vaginal cysts and tumours


General Causes:

* Normal secretion due to hormonal cycle in an unspayed bitch

* Hormonal cycle in a spayed bitch who has any fragment of ovarian tissue remaining.


You may be able to get an indication of the cause for the vaginal discharge from the symptoms you see associated with it:

Inflammation of the vagina
Change in shape, distortion or swelling of the vulva
Pink tissue protruding from the vagina
“Scooting” the rear end along the ground to scratch the irritation
Frequent licking of the area (if so, fit a Buster collar to avoid further irritation)
Cloudy discharge coming from the vulva
Yellowish or yellowy-red persistant vaginal discharge

If you are concerned about any of the above symptoms, you should see your vet.  Be aware that he is likely to ask you the following questions so remember to check out dates etc before you go:-

What did the discharge look like? (cloudy, red, yellow etc)
How long has the discharge been present?
Has she been mated recently and if so, when?
Has she been spayed and if so, when?
If she has not been spayed, when was her last season?
Is the dog well in herself or has there been lethargy, increased thirst, vomiting, weight loss?


Pyometra literally means pus in the uterus.  It is a common and very serious disease of unspayed bitches and can occur several weeks after a season.  This condition often causes vaginal discharge which may be yellowish or red/brown in colour, although occasionally the bitch may be suffering from what is known as “closed pyometra” where the cervix is tightly closed and does not allow any drainage of pus to the extrerior)

Warning signs of pyometra to look out for are

Older unspayed bitch
Recent season
Drinking and urinating more than usual
Possibly a vaginal discharge
Abdominal swelling
Poor appetite
Occasional Vomiting

If your bitch has any vaginal discharge, it is always wise to have it checked out properly by a vet as leaving it could result in rupture of the uterus and life-threatening peritonitis and/or septicaemia if it proves to be a serious cause.


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    I have a girl rottiwiler she is age of 7 years old she has not been spayed.she is losing white discharge from her Virginia. She’s still drinking like she normally do and same with the toilet. She’s eating ok . She’s not licking around there .nor being sick.she still run around in the garden like normal. So what can be wrong with her

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      It could be as simple as normal hormonal changes depending where she is in her cycle or could be signs of an infection. If this is a new thing that hasn’t hsppened before, I would take her to see the vet because if it is an infection, she may well need antibiotics.

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        My gsd lost weight her appetite less she 9 this year she soaking at her back end smelly fishy smell she not doing her usual walk slacking behind us we just worked her as she had worms last season was December 2019 not heavy period any suggestion please vets want to do a heart scan and full bloods her temperature 108 dischar6from vulver she just wanted to see how worming tablet worked I thought it was another season so worried as money tight

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          Hi Kathleen,

          Im so sorry Ive only just seen your message. That temperature is very very high indeed and with discharge from her vulva, I would be worried about Pyometra on top of everything else. She desperately needs your vet’s attention Im afraid. I know money is tight but with a temperature that high is very dangerous indeed and you really need her in for treatment ASAP

          I do hope she is already receiving treatment by now and that she is feeling more comfortable – once again, my apologies for not getting back to you sooner

          Kerry x

          • Hi I need a bit of advice my staff she is around 8/9 year old she her season really bad season losing colts now losing discharge in puddles it’s like water. We had her from about 3 years old she losing weight not eating she is drinking no life in her the vets are closed due to the covid-19 and only dealing with emergency

          • Hi Kez,

            This is an emergency and you should phone your vet immediately for further advice from a professional. I have only just seen your message so really hope you have had the chance to speak to somebody by now.

            Take care and good luck xx

          • Hi i have an 8 months old pup and she is sick. Vomiting mostly at night and shes having chills. She drinks water by herself but doesnt eat her food. She has a watery vaginal discharge

          • Hi Jaim, You need to get your dog seen by a veterinarian urgently. If she has a vaginal discharge, chills, vomiting and wont eat, she is really very poorly and you need to get her checked by a professional as soon as possible hunni. Take care and good luck

          • My dog has recently started losing wait. She isn’t eating but will drink water. She started urinating inside which she never did and it smells fishy. She also just in the last day started bleeding from her back end. The bloody is thick and sticky and if. She is on apple cider vinegar medication. I am just really worried it could be more she is only 7 years old and had never had any issues.

          • Hi Janet, You need to take your girl to see your vet urgently. If she is not eating she is obviously feeling very unwell. If she is urinating inside it could be a number of issues including a urinary infection. If she smells fishy, then this could well be signs of anal gland problems and if she has blood at her back end, this could also indicate anal gland infection if it is coming from her bottom or urinary infection if it is coming from her urethra. Obviously, I can’t tell you exactly what is going on but, either way, your girl definitely needs to be seen by a professional for treatment urgently.

            Please ring your veterinarian as soon as possible.

            Best wishes

          • Hi I have a english bulldog she has just finished her 3 week season on Friday and I’ve kept knickers on her because she has a yellow tinged with green discharge only small amounts but I was wandering could this be normal. We only took her in recently and my first unspeyed bitch so very new to this she’s eating drinking normal her temp is normal just a little worried

          • Hi Kylie,

            Any time a discharge is green, we consider the possibility that there may be infection there. As she is eating, drinking and has a normal temperature, there is obviously nothing too bad happening just yet BUT it could be something that escalates. My advice would be to ask your vet to give you a phone call. Advice over the phone should suffice and if he feels there is a possibility of needing treatment, he can then ask you to come in for an examination.

            Best wishes


          • Hy ! I have a 2 year old pug …14 days before she had her first mating from 2 3 days I am noticing whitish yellow watery discharge only in morning…she is eating more then usual…playing normally sleeping normally…it the discharge is normal?

          • I would speak with your veterinary professional and explain what you are seeing. It might be that she has picked up an infection at the time of mating so always better to seek a professional opinion.

            Good luck and best wishes

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          My female pit. Never been spayed. Just had her cycle for 1st time in almost a year. After her cycle she began to leak this thin milky discharge. I took her to vet about 5 months ago. They gave her antibiotics. Should I be concerned about this recent discharge?

          • Hi Ruby, do you mean she has had discharge again SINCE the antibiotics? Where did the discharge come from? Was it from her vulva or from her urethra?
            Obviously, it is always best to have a professional opinion so my advice would be to phone the vet and query any new symptoms with them.

            Best wishes

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        My dog also have same problem and I have treated her 2 times after 20 days again their is white discharge without any problem to her what to do know??

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          Im sorry Rahul, I really can’t give you any further advice as this is something you need to discuss with your vet. Please do phone and ask for a phone consultation at least (I know its difficult at the moment with Covid)

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          I have a soon to be 7 yo French bulldog on 12/24 (was show dog -no litters). I was considering spaying her – The breeder feels considering her age that it would be riskier going under anesthesia than her contracting pyrometra. What do you think?

          • If she is fit, healthy, good weight and no outstanding health issues then I would lean towards spaying her at this age. Taking into consideration the more difficulties brachy dogs can have, I would speak to your vet and ask their professional opinion as they know her particular history. If she is well, then at 7 I think it is a reasonable suggestion.

          • My 9months Jack Russell is bleeding from her but, she feels uncomfortable and just wants to sleep. What could be the problem with her.

          • It depends where the blood is coming from. If it is from her vagina, she could be having her first season. If it is from her bottom them she could have something else wrong. I would always advise that a dog who is bleeding unexpectedly should be seen by a vet. The best advice would be to ring the vet, explain what is going on and let them decide whether or not she needs to be seen.

          • My 3yr old female just came out of heat about a wk or so ago. I tired to keep her from mating because this will be her 4th pregnancy in a yr an half. Her last pregnancy is had that calcium deficiency. She started yelping about 2 days ago so i gave her some milk N tonight i noticed a dark brown bloody discharge on her blanket. I also noticed that she would look at her hind end like she waiting on a pup or something to pop out. An she lick her vagina for a sec an then come crawl up next to me an go to sleep. Is she having a miscarriage?

          • It sounds more likely that she may have an infection as if she has only just finished her season, a miscarriage wouldn’t really fit. I would advise taking her to the vet immediately for examination and possible treatment

            Best wishes

          • I just wanted to comment to Pam what I’m going thru right now with my 18 year old Shihtzu. We got her when she was 13. I didn’t even realize she hadn’t been spayed for a couple of years. When I did find out when she was about 15, two different vets told me she was better off at that point to not be spayed. She now has Pyrometra. She was always still very energetic, playing like a puppy and very healthy before this. I really wish I had done research about what could happen as she aged. I’m now faced with either having her spayed or putting her to sleep when she was no where near death before this. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

          • Hi Pam
            If I was you I’d really really really consider getting your bitch spayed. I have a Chinese crested bitch (9yr old) who has just contracted pyometra and I can assure it not something I’d wish any dog to go through let alone your wallet!! I was up for 9days with her getting 3-4 hrs sleep when my son could watch her for me she’d been to the vets was on antibiotics jabs and tablets and antisickness jabs eventually he said we need to operate antibiotics aren’t working i was very lucky my girl survived two operations to sort her out costing £1043 now if I’d simply got her done like my others when she was younger I may not have been in this position she’s never had pups I just had issues with her splitting season each year and vets was like we need to wait 3months… Then she’d come back in and then bam this so if any thing comes from this experience I would tell anyone please get your bitches done x

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        We have a jug, 2mths she has had vaginal discharge, doesn’t smell, she’s not been spayed

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        I have a Rottweiler she is 11 no I think she’s in heat an she cry’s when she peeps an she thinks she has to pee a lot an cry’s every time she squats to pee And she will squat to P like four times what could be wrong with her?????

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          Hi Connie, it sounds very much as if she has a urinary tract infection and will require antibiotics for it. I wouldn’t delay. Make an appointment for her to be seen by your vet ASAP and take a sample of her urine with you so that they can test it and save some time. The urine should come from a morning sample if possible, in the middle of her pee stream. Best wishes

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        I have a German Shepherd and she Was mated five days after the eighth day I started seeing a white discharge in her virgina ..I have never seeing it. Am afraidShe didn’t take in order will the discharge affect d mating ..

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          Hi Kelvin, day 13 is still quite early for mating anyway – did you check on her ovulation to see that it was the right time before you mated her? If she has discharge, it could be something she has picked up off the stud dog at the time of mating. I would suggest you see your vet as she may require treatment for an infection.

          Best wishes

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        My puppy is 6 months old and not had a season yet but I noticed she’s been licking herself a lot and thought maybe she’s getting ready but they is a yellow discharge , what could this be ?

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          Hi Ann, all bitches come into season at different times but usually between around 8 months and 14 months (ish). Larger breeds tend to take longer to come into season than smaller breeds so if you girl is a small breed, then potentially she could be coming into season, yes. However, as this is her first season and you do not actually know what is “normal” for her, then I would suggest a quick phone call to your vet just to ask their advice. With Covid at the moment, it is unlikely they would want to see her, but simply to reassure you that things are normal or that they would like to take a swab in case they fear she may have picked up a little infection. Either way, I would speak to your vet.

          Best wishes

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        My bulldog had a surgical implant on May 3rd . Has a bit of yellow discharge from vulva . Is that normal

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          Hi Kathleen. Discharge from the vulva is not something I would ignore … you say it is yellow but if there is a greenish tinge about it, it could be signs of infection. Honestly, so soon after a veterinary procedure as she is, I would simply call the vet and ask their advice. She is still very much their priority.

          Best wishes


          • Hi I need help I have a puppy of 4months going to 5 and she is vomiting and not eating but she runs around and her eyes looks sad but I notice that she has a viginal discharged a bit thick not yellow but like a milky white and don’t know what to do any advice please

          • Hi Ingris,

            Im sorry I have been out of the office and only just seen your message. If your puppy is vomiting and not eating, she needs to see a vet.
            If your puppy has a vaginal discharge she needs to see a vet. Likely the two things are connected and she has an infection which is making her very poorly. With young animals they can go downhill really very quickly so if you have not already had her checked by a veterinary professional, please do so urgently.

            Good luck with your baby girl

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        I have a 2.5 year french bulldog who we thought she was pregnant but ultrasound results came back negative. We did two ai on the 13th and 15th of April. I took her to get ultrasound on her 36th day of her last ai. She started to look sad/sick few days ago and she is not eating as much as she was 2/3weeks ago. But she does drink plenty of water, but what I’m really worried is that she started to discharge light pink color mocus from her vulva.

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          Hi Miguel, if she is not pregnant and is losing discharge, then it is best that you take her to see a veterinary professional as soon as possible. She is clearly not very well and may have infection due to the AI. I would not leave her any longer – ring your vet ASAP for further advice.

          Best wishes

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          My got is 7 years old she .After 65 days from meting black discharge started there is no puppy but she also has milk . Now she is not feeling well and Is hardly eating after forcing her to eat and there is lot of blackish green discharge.

          • It is vital that you take your girl to the vet. My biggest worry would be that she may have been pregnant and lost the pup which is still inside her. She really need to see a vet as a matter of urgency in case the pup is dead inside her. Please don’t delay in getting further help for your girl.

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      Hi i have a bitch great dane lab mix. I noticed today she was drinking more water not big on het appitate she has a reddish discharge and dose have an oder to it she is about seven years old and she has not been spayed and she keeps licking it. Tonight is saturday and i cant get her to the vet untill monday. She dose not seem to be in any pain her temp is 101.8° will she be okay till then ( monday ) ?

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        Hi Lizzy, the problem is there is no telling how quickly she could become poorly and if she does, then she may be very poorly indeed. If she is drinking more than normal and has an odour to her discharge and is licking it, she is obviously not feeling very well in herself even if she doesn’t as yet have a temperature. For me personally, I would ring the vet with the information you’ve given me and let them decide whether they feel this is something that can wait or not. It might be that they are happy for you just to continue watching her and taking her temperature and then have her seen first thing Monday morning but at 7 years old and not spayed, if she were my girl I’d want her starting on a course of antibiotics asap. As I say, best advice is phone the vet to put your mind at rest. 24 hours is a LONG time when you are feeling ill xx

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          Hi – I’ve started noticing yellow pus coming out of my 1yr old, spayed pup. I am leaving town so I can’t take her to the vet until next week. She has been acting the exact same. She still eats everything in sight and drinks the same amount of water. Nothing lethargic about her. The pus has gotten more frequent though and I am concerned it’s something worse. She is constantly licking herself as well. Other than the licking and me physically seeing the pus, she has been the same. Do you have any ideas?

          • Hi Sam, if she has pus, she has something going on which would need to be investigated and treated by your vet. Please take her to see a vet as soon as you can in case she needs antibiotics.

            Best wishes

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        Hi so my 5 year old girl staffy had her first sexual encounter 2 weeks ago she was on heat. Heat has finished and she is very clingy just wants attention and also has some clear discharge not much I just notice a drip on the end of her whoha every now and then. Could she be pregnant?

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          Hi Angela, it depends on where in her cycle she was when she got caught by the dog but obviously if the time was right, then she could well be pregnant. Are you wanting to keep the pregnancy if it is viable? Generally, pregnancy can be detected with a scan around 3-4 weeks after mating so if you are not intending to keep the pups, then you should go straight to your vet to have a pregnancy confirmed (or discounted) by a professional. If she has discharge from her vulva then I would suggest seeing your vet as a matter of course to ensure that there is nothing wrong that needs treatment.

          Best wishes and good luck with her


          • Hi I was just wondering how your dog is doing after surgery our two year old put mix was just diagnosed with pyometra and needs surgery I was just wondering how your baby made out! I’m kinda scared that the surgery might kill her, thank you

          • Hi Christy,

            Doing absolutely wonderfully thank you. After the third day it was all I could do to hang and stop the rampaging up the stairs – I was so worried about the stitches but all was well and we are totally back to normal now. Happy, healthy and with a new lease of life.

            Kerry x

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          Hi Angela if you don’t mind would you please reply back to me with your dog been a staffy im having the same thing with my girl now… she’s a staffy and was bred on the 4th of September and shes been having white stringy discharge was your girl pregnant? Also my girl was sick in second week i am gettinf her scanned in 2 weeks but I want to be reassured she is OK due to covid 19 in my area the vets are only taking emergency appointments thanks

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        My 4 year old dog had a pyometra surgery 10 days back but I still notice sticky reddish discharge. Is this normal? She is on antibiotics

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          If you are worried, then best to telephone your vet just to check with them.

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      My girl had a emergency neuter due to pyometra 5 weeks ago, but this week I’ve noticed shes leaking these clots of streaky bloody jelly mucus, why would this happen, she did have post op complications which left her with a small abscess inside the wound, but was administered 2 different antibiotics

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        Hi Samantha,

        The best thing in view of her complications is simply to give the vet a ring and tell her what is going on. She may be able to put your mind at rest knowing her history or, conversely, may decide she needs to see her in case she has any infection or further problems. Give them a ring hunni.

        Good luck


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        Hi Susanne,
        Came across this sight and saw your post. Not sure if you are able to email but I wanted to let you this happened to our 12 year old golden. She had surgery for pyometra on 9/20/21. After about 4 weeks, she was having the same discharge your dog was having. Our Vet checked her out and tested her for a UTI. Examined her and everything looked good. Didn’t see any vaginal tumors. She’s eating and drinking fine. Still having a discharge and now our Vet put her an antibiotic. We are 3 days in on the antibiotics and yesterday hardly any discharge, but then today it’s back! Next step is to get an ultrasound as I have no idea what else to do. She had no post op issues. How is your girl doing?

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      I have retriever bicth she has been mated. After her mating finishes after 2days her vaginal discharge smells fowl Does it effects her pergnancy

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        Hi Samantha, She may have picked up an infection during mating which is quite common. I would suggest speaking to your vet immediately in case she needs antibiotic treatment. I would not leave this girl without seeing a professional.

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          I have treated her with antibiotics. Does she will be conceive or not

          • It shouldn’t make any difference to whether or not she becomes pregnant .. that is all down to mother nature 😉

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        My golden retriever (kitty) is not active, and there is a fishy smell and a watery discharge is seen after her mating…
        She is 7 years old and I love her the most….
        There is no vet near our place due to covid and we’ve been searching for the vet for past 1week and we r worried the most bcoz she is not active, not eating… Vomited thrice….

        Even if she doesn’t give birth to the babbies we r not worried but i want my kitty to be normal like before….

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          Hi Gertrude, it sounds like she may have picked up an infection, possibly during mating and she may need antibiotics but honestly, you would need to speak to a vet for professional advice even if you don’t actually go in and see a vet. Please don’t leave it without getting further help for Kitty.

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      Hi I have a 13year old Japanese akita crossed saffie she has a big lump the size of a lime in one of her nipples also she is now got a discharge coming from her vagina like clear jelly

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        Hi Deborah,

        I am so sorry to hear that your old girl is poorly. Obviously anything out of the ordinary should really be checked as soon as possible by your vet. Our older dogs do tend to get lumps and bumps but a lump in the nipple area could well be a mammary tumour so I would get this looked at straight away. Added to that is the new symptom of jelly from her vagina, I really think she needs to see a vet as soon as you can in case she is any discomfort. The oldies are special … I hope the vet thinks it is nothing to worry about. Best wishes

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      I have a 4 year old lab who became in heat a month and a half ago. She wondered around so I have no guaranteed that she mated. Her appetite changed and she wanted to only eat wet food. She got really fat. Her vulva was swollen a couple weeks after she was in heat. Her nipples are very low and baggy in the back but does not feel milky or swollen just baggy (as If she was healing a couple weeks healing from pups or something) I swore she was pregnant but as time goes by she hasn’t gotten any bigger. I dont have the money to go take her to the vet.. so any advice??

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        Hi Samantha,
        Bitches usually don’t show too much in the way of visible signs until around 4 weeks after mating. Conception would be likely around day 17 or so of her cycle so you wouldn’t expect to see any evidence of a pregnancy until around day 45(ish). Does that fit with her dates? If not, it is also possible that she could be having a phantom pregnancy which would effect her nipples etc but she wouldn’t get fatter. You really do need to have her seen by a vet to to confirm pregnancy, or not, in your girl.

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      I have a 4 year old lab and she has had an ovary sparing spay like 6 months back. But now she is having blood discharge from her vagina. She was on heat few days back and even mated with a male dog.. can you please help me with what is wrong with her… she is eating and drinking well and is also really active..

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        Hi Samantha,

        If she has been spayed and his having vaginal bleeding, you must have her seen by a vet for a professional opinion. It might be that something has been left behind during the surgery which is causing her still to cycle. Give your vet a ring and just check with them.

        Best wishes

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      hi my 9 month old frenchie had season end of August and finished her cycle on mid September, and yesterday 29th october she has swollen vulva and was like brown watery stuff anf now she seem to be bk on cycle again, she dont have blood i her urine, thanks

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        Hi Aimee,

        Im sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If your dog has finished her season and you are seeing a swollen vulva and discharge when it is not expected, you really need to speak to your vet for professional advice as a second season is not usual.

        Best wishes

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      I have dog famale, 1year old, she have a yellow and watery discharge,,last heat is October 2020, she never got pregnant, start yellow discharged one week this month.

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        It would be wise giving your vet a ring as I imagine they will want to see her in case she has developed an infection and requires antibiotics. With things as they are just now with Covid, ringing the vet and leaving a messages may be all that is required rather than an appointment but I would certainly ask their advice and not leave it.

        Best wishes

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          Hi, I have a 5 yr old boxer/pit mix.. she is having clear odorless discharge from vagina. She also has a little discharge from nipples (not all)
          Last week she vomited 3x and had diarrhea 2x.. I called vet and they said to watch her. Well I changed her food.. rice and organic ground chicken. The discharge is still there but vomiting and diarrhea stopped. Then tonight I noticed she looks bloated.. maybe the new food?? I’m worried about Pyo!! She is eating and drinking great, she is active but has been getting tired quicker.

          • Hi Val,

            that’s a worry for you and I understand why you are concerned. Obviously, as with any of these things, ringing and speaking to your vet is the best way to make sure you aren’t missing anything. In the mean time, do you have a thermometer? If she has an infection, then likely she will have a raised temperature and its a really good indicator for you as to how serious (or not) the situation could be. I would recommend nipping to the nearest drug store and picking up a rectal thermometer and also giving your vet a ring just to query the current situation. As they have already seen her, they may be more than happy simply to give you advice over the phone in view of the current Covid restrictions.

            Best wishes

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    My dog was spayed when she was about two years of age. Recently, she has been bleeding, but not like a dog would be bleeding while in heat. From what I’ve seen she is still acting normal. What could the bleeding be from?

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      It would depend where the blood was coming from. If its from her vagina it could be from the vagina itself if she has an injury or infection, or the cervix if they have left part of it behind when she was spayed or if it is from her urethra, she could have a bladder infection or any number of things. Honestly, if your dog is bleeding you MUST see a vet with her as a matter of urgency. If she were mine, Id have here there straight away to be checked over. You CANNOT leave bleeding without seeing a professional. I hope she is OK very soon

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        I have a 9 year old Jack Russell. She is showing the signs of pyrometria. It is Thanksgiving and no vets open. Can I give her human antibiotics?

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          Hi Randi, Im sorry to hear your girl is so poorly. Without knowing the strain of bacteria you are treating, there is no point in administering antibiotics. This is a life threatening condition. I know that with it being the holidays vets are closed, but there will be an emergency option available and I would strongly advise you to ring your vet immediately with regard to getting her the help she needs.

          • Hi I have an eight year old white boxer who has not long had a season n is now loosing a discharge Wich is smelly she is still her same Looney self and is eating and drinking and peeing n pooing as normal what could this be?

          • Hi Annamarie,

            Without seeing the dog, the best advice would be to have her to your vet in case she is developing an infection or pyometra. Always best to get any discharge checked by a professional.

            Best wishes

          • My girl underwent emergency surgery for pyometra just over 3 weeks ago and I have just noticed a pinky mucus coming from her vagina. I did notice it a few days ago but when I wiped her and kept checking there wasn’t any more. This morning there was a small amount on the floor but no more when I checked through the day and then a tiny bit again tonight. She’s not licking the area, not drinking excessive water, is her normal self, no temp. I can’t find any info about mucus after surgery. Anyone have an idea?

          • Hi Erin,
            In view of the fact that she has recently undergone surgery, the easiest and best advice would simply be to leave as message at your veterinary practice asking the question. They know your girl and her history and will be able to advise you straight away whether this is something to merely keep an eye on or if they feel there could be a problem. A quick telephone call should be all that is needed for a straight forward yes or no

            Best wishes


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      She a old lady the discharge is white she not eating she getting water she not happy what should I do I don’t have money for Dr can someone please help me

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        I’m sorry to hear that your girl is ill. Do you have a thermometer? If you can take her temperature you will know if she has a fever and an infection. Really, if she is not eating and has a discharge then she does need to see a vet. Is there an animal charity who may be able to help you care for her if you can’t afford to pay for a vet or perhaps you could make an arrangement with a vet to pay small bits weekly instead? I’m so sorry I can’t be more help but it does sound like she needs a professional to look at her I’m afraid.

        Best wishes Kerry x

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          Hello, my 7 year old pit mix came into season and went out like normal but now seems to have dark colored blood as if she’s coming back into heat, I do have another female terrier who is coming into heat can that cause my pit to come back in? I’ve read about pyometra but she has no other symptoms. Just the dark blood. I’ve already left a message for my vet who is closed for the day, just need advice because I am willing to go to an emergency vet if I need to. Both female are not fixed due to health conditions that put them at risk so it worries me if she’s going to need an emergency spay 🙁

          • Hi Amanda, Im sorry Ive only just seen your message and am sure by now you will have spoken with your vet. I do hope your girl is fine or gets any treatment that she needs.
            Best wishes

          • I know this was over a year ago, but my girl is experiencing the same thing… Did it end up being pyometra?

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      Bella is 2 years old her due date is November 11th about 21 days grom now. She is eating, drinking playing doing all the same thing prior to her confirmed. Just today she came into my bedroom and sat at sode of bed her indicating she had to go outside…she went out did her poop and peepee. As she was waiting for a treat I noticed a thin line of clear mucous when i went to see where it was coming from she immediately sat down. Is there anything to worry about?
      Thank you

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        Hi Phillippa, when your dog is pregnant, you may see a slight mucus discharge about a month after mating, which is quite normal provided it is not coloured or smells bad. Good luck with her and the puppies.

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    my bitch is 7 years old and not been spayed.In the past few weeks she has been urinating on the living room floor every night.She is drinking a lot of water and her appetite is not as it used to be.There is a beige snotty discharge coming from her Virgina.Are these the symptoms of pyometra ?. any advice would be appreciated thank you.

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      They certainly could be and if she does have an infection, then she needs to be seen and treated by a vet TODAY. This is not something that can be left and if her appetite is being affected, then she is already in quite a bit of discomfort I would say. She may have a urinary infection, again, very painful indeed. Please take your dog to the vet for a professional opinion straight away. Good luck with her and best wishes.

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      I mentioned the possibility of a urinary infection – have a read of this one too Billy Reay but please do seek professional help with your bitch

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        My saffi bitch his not in season but bleeding black blood vet put her on antibiotics only just started them do you think that will help to stop the bleeding

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          Hi Gary,

          If he thinks she has an infection, then the antibiotics will help to clear that up. If your vet has seen your girl, then I would always go with his advice and professional opinion.

          Best wishes

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    I just wanted to thank this site for probably saving my dogs life, she is five and a half and has had lots of seasons and always been healthy, we did not spay her before because we wanted puppies but in the end decided against it due to cost and the risks involved.
    The local vet recommended we spay her esrlier this yesr but I was reluctant as didnt want to take her in for the op. anyway I had noticed a bit of white discharge occasionally and had not thought much about it but then the whole family noticed she was not herself and stopped eating her treats especially her favourite pigs ears so much so my 13 year old son thought she might have hurt her tooth. On Thursday I took her for a long walk up a hill on a hot day but we had plenty of stops water some food and a swim in a pond and we were both shattered at the end but enjoyed it. Later I noticed what seemed like a lot of discharge no particular colour ( some in the car ) so i started searching discharge from vulva onthe internet and came across this site and read some ok and also some worrying stuff then over night she spent every ten minutes licking herself so I was very worried and on checking the covers there was lots of yellow looking dried discharge – i was worried but hadvto gonto work as i work part time and when I asked my mum tO make an appointment at the vets – I told her the symptoms some of which were from our list but could have also been because we had been on a long walk – drinking more water, urinating more, a bit lethargic – the receptionist/nurse advised my mum That i needed to take her in immediately rather than after work and my understanding boss let me – I took her in and after examination her temp was ok but on explaining the symptoms and seeing there was a lot of discharge and she was much quieter than normal the vet scanned her and she could see it was pyrometra and she kept her in to have an op straightaway – this all happened yesterday and luckily she is well on her way to recovery and was back with us but we are looking after her so well even sleeping downstairs so she doesn’t have to go up stairs, sorry this is so long but fit helps one reader – like the posts I’ve read – then that will be good. The vet said it was unusual in such a young dog but it does happen and luckily we took her in straightaway although I’m not sure how long she had it for. She is lighter minus a few bits and we are lighter in pocket with no insurance but she’s with worth every penny. Thanks to this website and an excellent boss we got it sorted in time. Thank you

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      Thank you for getting in touch Susie. Im absolutely delighted that our page was able to give you some help and advice that led you to make the right decision. You took her in to see a professional and gave her the life saving treatment she needed. Yes, its not cheap but as you say, she is worth every penny to you and that’s because you are obviously a wonderful owner. Im sure she will now make a full recovery and be back to her normal self very soon indeed. I will share your message across our Rhodes 2 Safety Facebook page too so that other people might learn from your experience – thank you so much for thinking of other people!

      Take care and well done. On behalf of your beautiful girl, thank you for being so fantastic xx

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    Hey there ! My bitch is 4 years old and not been spayed. There is a swelling near mammary glands and as per the advice of the vet, we were using some medicines and he told us that there might be a chance of cancer but in the past few days there is frequent white discharge from vagina which is smelly.So we stopped using those medicines even though the discharge has not stopped.He said that he’ll do surgery and remove that swollen lump and will diagnose it to check whether it is cancerous or not. So, is it safe for the dog to undergo for surgery to remove that lump or use some medicines to cure that one ??

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      Have you mentioned the discharge to your vet? The fact that you say the discharge is smelly and white (I’m guessing a bit cloudy) would suggest an infection of some sort or another and I would certainly want my dog treated as soon as possible before it turns nasty as, with unsprayed bitches, it can lead to a very nasty condition called pyometra. Depending on how serious it is, the vet may even decide to spay the dog as a result of the infection in which case, he may or may not deal with the mammary lump at the same time – obviously, this will all need to be assessed as to severity and which if either condition poses the most danger to her health. My first course of action would be to telephone the vet immediately for an appointment today to discuss all the above and have a swab taken from her vaginal discharge. He may simply decide to treat her with a course of antibiotics first and then proceed to surgery. It is important that your vet is in possession of all the facts and knows exactly what is going on with her before he preparing to operate, just in case this alters his professional opinion.

      Good luck with her recovery x

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      My king Charles has pinky discharge comeing from her now and again she has not been spayed and shes a old dog could you tell me what it could be please

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        It would depend where it is coming from. If it is from the urethra, it could be a bladder infection. If it is from the vagina then it could be a genital or uterine infection. As she is an old girl I would err on the side of caution and definitely have her to the vet to be checked over. Even if she is fine at the moment, I would pop her to see the vet to be checked in case he feels there is something going on that he could help with rather than leaving it to get worse. Good luck

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    Thanks for your reply Sir, The surgery is on 10-07-2015 so if we remove that mammary lump now will there be any problems in future related to Pyometra disease and the vaginal discharge has been reduced a little when compared to before and there are no signs of abdomen swelling and lethargy (no frequent licking) but is drinking a lot of water. If we do the surgery now without knowing that it may have signs of Pyometra disease will it lead to any serious problem ???

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    I have a 5 year old blue nose pit, and she has a reddish brown discharge she has no appatitte, drinking a lot of water and pees a lot more than usual.I can’t afford to go to a vet, what can I do for her, she’s my baby.

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      I know you say you cannot afford to go to the vet but you really must get her some antibiotics at the very least. It sounds as if she has an infection which will be, at best very uncomfortable, at worst could progress and be fatal. I really wouldn’t waste any time in getting her seen professionally for some meds. Im sorry I can’t give you a better option but she really does need to see a vet hunni

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    Hi my dog is 1yrs 6 months old, I mated her 8-9days ago and she has creamy colored discharge from her volva, is there anything help or anything I can do to get it stopped?

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      I would imagine she has picked up an infection from the dog during mating – its very common – she will likely need a course of antibiotics to clear it up Please don’t leave it as it could have a bad effect on the puppies never mind the bitch herself. Good luck

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        Hi my dog is 2.5 years old and she’s a pit/rot mix, the bleeding stage from her heat stopped a day ago and now she’s having a small amount of straw colored discharge? No smell, she’s eating normally and playing, doesn’t seem very different but she’s licking and scooted once today, not sure if this is normal or not?

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    My dog is 2 years old,she was in season about a month ago and my other dog ended up mating with her without us being able to stop them,a month on she is acting differently not eating or drinking properly and has whitey/yellow discharge from her vagina,her abdominal is quite hard,is she pregnant

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      It is possible that she is pregnant as she would now be half way through her gestation so you would be able to start to see differences appearing in her shape. You would only know for sure if you had her scanned by the vet. If she has a discharge from her vagina, she has likely picked up an infection from the dog when she mated and she would really need antibiotics for that condition so either way, I would strongly recommend an appointment with your vet ASAP

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      My bicth discharged light geen fluid after her mating I have treated with a course of antibiotics now she can be pregnant ??
      Does it abort or she will be pregnant mam

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        Whether or not she is pregnant is not dependant on infection. If you treated it right away then if she were pregnant then she should still be but obviously, it is all up to mother nature

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    Hi there,
    I have an unspayed bitch who is 3 years.. She came out of her season about 5 days ago- today I have just notice some opaque yellowish discharge coming out of her vulva. Would say this is more a infection or normal? Could this also may be a sign of pregnancy?

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      Have you any reason to assume she may have been mated? If you do think she may have been caught, then rather than a sign of pregnancy I would suggest that it is likely to be an infection that she has picked up from the male. If she hasn’t been caught, then she has probably picked up an infection while squatting close to the ground for a pee. Either way, it is important to get her to the vet to have a swab taken so they know what antibiotics to give her. Please do not just leave her and do nothing as this can quickly travel up her reproductive tract and be very dangerous indeed if it does. Hope she is well very soon.

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    Hi I have an 8 year old English bull terrier. She had a litter of pups 5 years ago with no concerns. She has always been healthy. 2 weeks ago she ended her season, but she has had a bit of cloudy discharge. We have 2 other dogs and they have been licking her back end. She has not been off her food or water and no other concerns. Is this just a change in her older hormone.? The discharge is quite watery. There is no way she has mated over her season. Thankyou claire.

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      Without a swab of the discharge, it would be hard to pinpoint whether there is any infection going on but as discharge in an older bitch can be a sign of problems, if she were mine I wouldn’t take any chances and would have her seen in the vets clinic. If you have a thermometer (which I’m guessing you do if she’s had a litter) I would check her temperature to give you an idea if anything suspicious is going on as will checking her gum colour, heart and breathing rate. If any are up, have her seen ASAP – if it is very high, then have her seen as an emergency. If all seems OK, then a simple ordinary clinic appointment would suffice. Hope she is feeling much better very soon.

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    Hi my dog a 12 year old bitch mongrel has been sick over weekend licking down below often & always pulls her backside along the floor but now concerned about thick like creamy discharge yellowish coming out she’s not been spayed am taking her to vet also thanks

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      Hi, if she is licking and itching herself along the floor, then she could well have an infection and so an appointment with your vet on Monday would be the best thing. She will likely require antibiotics to treat it. If it is left, the infection can travel high up the reproductive tract and cause all sorts of serious problems so better to get her treated ASAP. x

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    I have a female labrador retriever she is 3 and half years old she has not been spayed.she is losing white discharge from her vigina. She’s not drinking like she normally does but going to the toilet is same as usual. Her apetite has increased . She’s not licking around there .nor being sick.she still run around in the garden like normal. So what can be wrong with her!

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      have you checked her temperature? Often a high temperature can be the first indication that something is wrong.
      have you checked her heart rate and gum colour to see that they are normal?
      If she has any kind of discharge that is not normal for her and is not drinking normally, then clearly something is wrong. I would suggest a visit to the vet straight away for a check up and perhaps a swab. If she has an infection, then she will need treatment before it becomes nasty.

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        My girl is now about year and 3-4 months old, when I adopted her 7 months ago she was already spayed. I noticed blood discharge from her vulva, took her to the vet immediately, she was diagnosed with ORS, so she had to have another surgery. Surgery went well, but about 3 weeks later there was blood discharge again. The vet said to give her antibiotics and it did stop, but it’s happening again. The thing is, even our vet is clueless. He’s giving his best and trying to diagnose her but he still doesn’t know what it is. Even if some tissue was left again, she wouldn’t be on her cycle now… one thing that I noticed and might be important, she starts bleeding when other dogs are trying to smell her vagina. She gets so scared and starts growling at them and thats when blood starts. Is it possible that the blood is connected with fear/stress? Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance

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          Wow what an enigma. Honestly, I wouldn’t like to speculate although I wouldn’t have thought a fear response could elicit in this manner. I would think the best thing would be to try to get a second opinion from a different vet. IF your current one has done all he can and is still drawing a blank, then I would either ask him to check with his colleagues or simply speak to another veterinarian yourself. Nobody can be expected to know all the answers but I would say he is better placed to speak to other people to try to get to the bottom of it than you are and, as your vet, that really is his remit. However, as I say, if he really can’t help you then I would move to another practice which me able to.

          Im sorry not to be able to give you any concrete answers either.

          Rhodes 2 Safety.

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    i have a pomeranian dog and she 3 years old. nor spraye. first heat last july 5 and mated last july 14, 16 and 17. she having a white dischraged seen july19 until today july 23 . she doesn’t eat and only drink water. i often forced her to eat after since jhuly 19. we visit the vet today july 23 and they told me that they cannot give antibiotic because we are not sure if she is pregnant she only give me vitamins and hydrate powder. so what is wrong to her. i hope you could help me. tahnks in advaced.

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    sorry for the typographical error. hope you could help me…. thanks thanks thanks

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      Sometimes they pick up infections of the male dog during mating so that could well be what has happened here. It is quite common. I would keep your eye on her and as soon as you know for sure if she is or is not pregnant, your vet can treat her as appropriate. Good luck with the litter

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    thanks for the answer but is she having a miscarriaged?

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    Hi! I am very concerned about my daughter’s 3 month old female puppy”Cali” She had a milky white/yellowish discharge coming from the area she pees from. I noticed it when I was rubbing her belly. She also has been licking down there a lot.
    She seems to pee a lot but she has always pee’d quite a bit…but now she pees more frequently it seems and sometimes she pees when she doesn’t mean to. She looks “sad” she feels warm but idk how to check for fever. I can’t tell if it has an odor coming from the discharge itself but there is an odor coming from Cali but I thought it was from her leg. (which is wrapped up due to accident and she has metal plate and screws and stuff in her leg. She just had that surgery a week ago.) I’m very concerned and worried about her. She had been with my daughter the last few days and when she came back she looked thinner and my daughter said she hasn’t been eating well…although she ate very well here.
    I’m worried this may be more than discharge especially since she just had that accident and had surgery for a broke leg.
    Can you please help me!?! Its Sunday…should I take her to emergency room today or do you think it’s something that can wait until vet opens monday morning?
    Cali is a mix pit bull and blue healer. We love her so much! Thank you in advance for your help and kind words of wisdom!

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      HI, Poor love must be in a lot of discomfort. I would say she has a urinary tract infection which as you may know yourself can be extremely uncomfortable and painful and would certainly make her look sad. As she is such a young baby, time really is important. She will need a course of antibiotics I would guess so I would recommend an appointment with your vet TODAY. Please don’t leave her any longer. The infection can travel up the urethra and in to the kidneys if left which is obviously very dangerous. A simple water infection can be cleared up quickly and easily so just pop her to see the vet as soon as you can.

      I hope she is more comfortable very soon.

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      In regards to this, i noticed this also in 2month old boerboel puppy, i don’t have any vet around, what sort of antibiotic would you advice

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        Hi Trina, I am afraid I cannot advise with regards to antibiotic medication. I would suggest phoning a vet and asking for professional guidance as a matter of urgency.

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    My staffie is 10 months and is about 4 weeks out of heat.
    We have just moved house so she was with my mum for 2 days however the past 2 days I have noticed a slight white discharge. She isn’t weeing often, eating and drinking as normal. Her nipples are a little enlarged but she did not couple.

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      It doesn’t sound as if she has an infection but, due to the timing and the enlarged nipples, it would suggest that she is possibly starting on a phantom pregnancy. Ill attach a couple of links for you … one about bitches and their seasons so you know how things should go normally and one about phantom pregnancies so you know what to expect with one of those. If you think the picture is beginning to fit for a phantom and her symptoms are getting worse, you may wish to speak to your vet about things to help her through it. Phantoms are very common and in many cases the only option to avoid this happening with each season is to have the bitch spayed. Good luck and I hope she continues to be a happy puppy.

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    My six year old Great Pyrenees bitch is pregnant – confirmed by ultrasound. She is at day 31. She has a milky discharge today. No odour. Is this normal?

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      Every dog is different but generally the cervix should be tightly closed to keep the pups in and any infection or bacteria out. If it were my girl, Id have her checked by the vet to make sure she hasn’t picked something up. best wishes and good look with the babies

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    Hi My 5 yr old was spayed in April last year, since then she has had a pink tinged discharge (marks left on her bed) I told the vet about this a month after the spay op and he said it was nothing to worry about but she still has it now 9 moths later surley this isn’t normal?

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      Hi Kay,

      Firstly, is she well in herself? Is she panting, pacing or not passing urine normally? Is she eating and drinking the same as she usually does? Is she licking at her vaginal area and is there any smell you can notice, sometimes sort of fishy and unpleasant? Any of these things could indicate an infection. However, generally, any sign of infection would be yellow or green. This doesn’t sound like that to me. That said, if she is losing a pink stained discharge so long after surgery, that doesn’t really sound right either, dependant of course on how “pink” is pink! Does she lose the pink discharge all the time or is it just every now and then?

      If she were mine, and provided she is well in herself, I would simply ring up and ask to speak to the vet when he has a moment rather than heading in for an urgent appointment. If you don’t have the option to speak to him on the phone, then I would make a routine appointment to see him with your girl, and take in the bedding with the stain on it so the vet can see it for himself and make an informed decision.

      Best wishes and I hope you and she continue to be happy together x

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    Hi I have a 3 year old English bulldog she is coming to end of her season she hasn’t been mated but I’ve noticed a creamy yellowish discharge not a lot she is eating drinking weeing ok her usual self really it doesn’t smell do you think it could be an infection I haven’t had her long and was intending to get her done but vet said to wait for a season so we could work out best time

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      Hi Sharon. If the discharge is different from normal then a visit to the vet is sensible. Usually, if there is infection you will see a greenish tinge, a smell, and licking from the bitch. It could just be the tail end of the season and therefore normal for her but as you haven’t had her long, you can’t say for sure. Do you have a thermometer? You could take her temperature and if this is high then you know for sure there is a problem. My advice as she is fairly new for you is to have her seen by a vet just to put your mind at rest – they are more likely to pick up infection during their season as when they squat to pee, they are very close to the ground and bacteria and as the cervix is slightly open, its an easy route for the germs to get in.

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    Hi, i need some advice i have a 7 year old staffy and today i noticed cloudy light brown discharge coming from her lady bits and is slightly bloated she was on heat about 3 weeks ago i think she has had a phantom pregnancy as no male got to her but she started producing milk and leaking but that has stopped. She is still doing all her normal things
    What can i do as money is very tight atm. Thankyou

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      To add she is not spayed

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      If she is bloated and has a discharge then as much as money is tight, she really does need to be seen by a vet. If she has an infection this can become incredibly serious indeed and very quickly too. If she were mine I would want her seen by the vet as soon as they have an appointment available. You can, of course, ring and ask to speak to a vet and explain as you have above. If they appreciate your predicament financially, they MAY be willing to give you some advice over the phone in the interim. xx

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    Hi. I have a 10year old chocolate lab. Not spayed and came into season last month. Has been off her food this last week since we went away for a few days so gave her meat which she is happy to eat. This morning however I could smell something really funny. (Reminded me of ovaltine). On inspection and few browny patches on the carpet and her dog bed was sodden and her coat. Her urination is of normal colour but just wondering about this discharge. It has slowed in my opinion and I have given her a wash down and inspection I can’t see any redness or fluid and flannel was clean ?? Any advice

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      Depends where the discharge is coming from. It could be a urinary infection, particularly if she has been wet which happens a lot with a UTI. It could be a uterine infection, particularly if it smells yeasty as you describe if it is coming from her vaginal opening. It could be her anal glands – but this is usually described more as a fishy smell than yeasty.

      In any case, all of these problems are very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for your dog and for which she needs to see the vet. If it is anal glands, they will need to be expressed and emptied. If it is either of the other two scenarios then she will need antibiotics poor love.

      I would ring the vet TODAY and ask for their first available appointment. Hope she is feeling better very soon.

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    Hi Kerry thanks for your reply. Sadly we lost her yesterday. Very difficult decision we made. Her uterus was full of puss (pyometra) and it was that that was draining.

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    We have a Bernese Mountain dog, female, not spayed. Since her second season in Feb we have had no end of problems with her which is stumping us all. It started with her chewing her back paw. We took her to the vet and he emptied her anal glands. Then we noticed a sort of wobbling on the back end, not really scooting, where she got so frustrated and depressed trying to lick at the vaginal area. We took her to the vets again and they checked the anal glands which were fine and gave Apoquel for allergies. We then had a 2 week course of antibiotics as the urine sample we got showed blood in it. Every time we stop the Apoquel she starts this odd wobbling again. Nearing the end of the antibiotics we did further urine tests which came back clear and no cultures were grown in the lab. However last week we noticed brownish discharge, she is constantly licking herself but seems fine in herself. She’s eating fine, drinking normal and seems bright and energetic. She’s had a further 5 days of antibiotics to no avail. There’s something not right though and our vets are stumped. We don’t think pyometra at this stage but are not sure where else to go. We are waiting on the vet to speak to a soft tissue expert in the veterinary world to see if they can suggest where to go from there. Can anyone suggest anything here? Thank you!

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      Oh my word what a predicament! There is nothing worse than knowing something is wrong … but not knowing exactly what it is. The problem with doing tests during a course of antibiotics is that it can mask the results and give a false positive – we had a similar issue with our youngest boy who I was convinced had a urine infection. Tested, positive so gave antibiotics. Tested again and came back clear and yet he was still ill … once the antibiotics had finished we tested again a week later and sure enough he did still have the infection. I wonder if there is any possibility that this is what’s going on? That said, Im quite sure that your vet knows what they are doing and would have thought of something so very obvious and straight-forward. Im very sorry that nothing jumps instantly to mind that can throw any light on it for you. I wish you and your girl all the very best for getting to the bottom of it.

      All our love R2S

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    I have a min pin who is due to deliver her puppys in 12 days I took her to vet for a wellness check and he noticed some clear discharge so he ran blood work tests and x rays he said her white blood cells were higher than they should be said she needs surgery tomorrow to take her uterus and her puppys I feel like I need a second opinion but don’t have time could there a way for a false positive?

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      I wouldn’t have thought so. The blood work they do is very clear in the results and would show if the white cell count was up. I would ask WHY she needs to have her uterus removed.

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    hello , my bitch is a jackrussell/boston terrier mix she is about 6 years old she recently got a rash alongside her stomach to her vulva , and her nipples start oozing as if you just popped a pimple she’s still eating pooping and peeing regularly i can’t get an appointment with my vet for two weeks and i know it kinda bothers her because of the fact she keeps trying to lick it. does this sound like pyometra?

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      Hi there,

      no, this doesn’t really sound like pyometra. If she hasn’t been spayed, then it likely could be that her nipples are producing milk which, so long as she isn’t showing any signs of pregnancy at all, could mean that she is having a phantom pregnancy. Is the fluid coming from her nipples just white or does it have a green tinge to it? Are her nipples swollen or hot? Is she acting differently at all? I would check for these things and if so, then I would phone your vet back to tell her what you have found as she may need antibiotics if it is mastitis. If it is a phantom pregnancy, you can get something to stop her producing milk if it is bothering her.

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    I have a almost 8 yr old German Pinscher bitch who’s unspayed, I don’t recall her last season, but I brought her home from the care of family, and noticed that she was licking herself and her vagina is swollen and when she pees​ it’s cloudy and a strong stream, it leaks everywhere and I’ve had to wrap her hind end in a towel since she sleeps with me and I don’t have a kennel, her discharge is cloudy white with a hint of yellow to it.

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      Hi Danielle,

      It sounds like your girl could well have a urinary infection. This can often result in incontinence like this. It would be advisable to try to get a urine sample from her in a clean container and take her to the vet for it to be tested. Its best to take a sample from half way through her stream of pee (the very first part of the pee will be very strong so try if you can to get the middle section). Check out our blog on how to do this –

      She will likely need a course of antibiotics as urine infections can be really very painful and if left, the bacteria can travel up the urethra and cause problems with kidneys too so you wouldn’t want to leave it. Id ring the vet today for an appointment tomorrow

      Best of luck with her – hope she picks up and feels better very soon.


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    Hi I have a 9 yr old St Bernard. She was diagnosed w pyrometa 3 yrs,ago and spayed . Last year after showing puffiness of her vulva like when she,used to be in heat followed by a creamy discharge I grew suspicious and concerned. The vet who did spay finally admitted they didn’t get all of her girl parts. She has stump pyrometa my question is WHEN do I get concerned? Is this,discharge only hormonal. She,has no fever is eating and drinking normally but she is licking. Does she need an antibiotic every time this happens or,an I safe to just watch?

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      Oh that’s a shame but does happen occasionally. What colour is the discharge? If it starts to become greenish, then that’s very important to get her seen ASAP. Is there any smell to it? Again, smell denotes infection so its an urgent trip to the vet.

      That said, there shouldn’t be discharge from the vulva as a rule. I would say that if she is fine in herself at the moment, it isn’t green and doesn’t smell, then there is no need to go racing down to the vet for an emergency appointment today. HOWEVER, I would make a telephone call to them today and ask the vet directly to tell you if he expects the discharge to recur cyclically in line with what her season would be before she was spayed. If he thinks this will happen, then this is something you can just keep an eye on but not worry about. If he thinks that is not likely to happen, it suggests that any discharge is the sign of infection setting in, which obviously would need a trip to the vet.

      I’m sure any vet would be happy to quantify this for you just over the telephone rather than needing an appointment as such and this would put your mind at rest for the future. I would certainly get veterinary advice on this matter.

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    My 11/2old dog kust had a litter of 11 puppies. They are 1 week old. Now she is starting to bleed alot from her vagina. What is wrong with her

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      She could have retained part of the placenta after giving birth. This needs to be removed ASAP. I would recommend you ring the vet immediately with a view to an appointment to see him or her urgently.

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    My 5 year old bitch finished her season about 3 weeks ago but she has been having some bloody discharge on and off the last couple of days and she had a few sores on her vulva which I think may be where she has been licking herself as she is a very clean girl.
    She had puppies last October and had a season in March which did not seem like a proper season and 3 months later had another season with a lot more bleeding which she has just finished 3 weeks ago. She seems fine in herself and is eating normally and exercising normally.
    Do you think there is something to worry about? I want to get her spayed now she has had her litter of pups but I want to try and find the right time to do it especially if she is going to potentially have another season in 3 months. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks

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      I think I’m right in saying that these days spaying is usually recommended three months following the last season. The quick season she had, which was light, probably wouldn’t be repeated and is more to do with the fact she had had a litter. As you need to book your girl in for spaying anyway, I would ring the vet to make this appointment and mention your concerns at the same time. If she has sores on her vulva you need to get to the bottom of why she has them – this is not something I would leave without a professional opinion. Imagine if you had sores on your bits! …. doesn’t bare thinking about does it. I’d give the clinic a ring today and have her seen as soon as they can. Good luck and I hope she is more comfortable soon.

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    We have a 2 year old female mastiff, she is not fixed and finished her season on the 22nd or around there. We have a 7 month old male who just got fixed a week ago so before him being fixed, she did try and back into him and he did mount but I don’t think there was any breeding, the mounting happened on the 15th. My question or questions is, what are signs of early pregnancy? Is discharge normal after a heat cycle? She is having a yellow discharge right now but that has seemed to happen after every heat as well. Another issue, she has false pregnancies after every heat so it’s hard for us to figure out what’s happening.

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      Although 7 months would be young to sire a litter, it is certainly not unheard of and bitches have been known to conceive without there being a tie. After a mating, there can be discharge if the bitch has picked up an infection from penetration from the dog. I am not suggesting your boy is dirty, its just one of those things that can happen. You wouldn’t be able to tell for sure whether or not she was pregnant certainly for the first 2 weeks, so in view of the fact that there is discharge there which might need treating, and a possibility of a pregnancy (I don’t know if you’d be looking to keep the pups), you really should have her to the vet ASAP for a professional examination and antibiotics if required. As it is now 2 weeks since this all happened, the vet should be able to determine if she is pregnant. A phantom pregnancy doesn’t usually show signs so quickly after the season so I wouldn’t have thought that was the case here … more likely just infection from the penetration.

      Give your vet a ring today and have her seen as soon as you can for any necessary treatment and examination.

      Good luck and if you do have pups on the way, I hope they are all fit, healthy and absolutely beautiful

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    Hi I have a female staff jist turned 5 shes not been spayed. An came into heat anout 4 weeks ago and seemed to stop just after 1 week then i noticed about a week later she was needy a really dark red blood i didn’t think to much of it as i jist though shed just had a break in the bleed but tonight she is leaking very orangy discharge. Like it’s come out on big puddles is it pyometra

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      Well it certainly sounds from your description that something isn’t right. I wouldn’t risk it and would ring your vet straight away to have her seen by a professional.

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    Good day. Please I have a 2 years old female rottweiler, she was mated on her 11th, 12th and the 13thdays of her heat. Today is the 29th day she matted but she’s still having some discharge although few and odourless in Her vigina till today, but she is eating very well and acting very healthy although she spends more time on sleeping. Please i want to know if she can be pregnant and if she is okay

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      Hi there. The discharge would have nothing to do whether or not she is pregnant – if the mating was done on the right day, she easily could be. The discharge will be likely to germs she picked up from the male at penetration. I would suggest having her to the vet as she will need medication for the infection and at that time he could have a look for any signs of pregnancy such as swollen nipples for example. I certainly would not leave it as it is very painful and could damage the pups if left.

      Good luck and fingers crossed that she is pregnant.

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    My female has a vaginal prolapse after giving birth to her pups. Her vet is closed and we are no where near an emaemergency vet. They will be open tomorrow. what do I do?

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      Hi Michell,

      I have only just seen your message so may be a little late and you may have got help for your girl already. I do hope so as, as you say, she really does need to see an emergency vet ASAP. In the absence of professional help, are you able to try to replace the prolapse yourself? You can try putting on a clean glove, using a lubricant, and gently trying to push the prolapse back in again (you may need to muzzle her first if she finds this very uncomfortable). If you do manage it, the difficult part might be keeping it back inside. If you are not able to put it back in, the best thing I can suggest as a temporary measure is to keep her prolapse clean and moist so something like keeping it covered with a soft gauze or cloth which is moistened with clean salt water and not allowing it to dry out. This should keep the opening clean and protected without drying out until you have the chance to have your vet see her tomorrow. I’m sorry I didn’t see your message sooner and do hope she is comfortable at the moment.

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    Hi, Our 6 yrs old basenji princess had her spotting and 10 to 15 days back , and on 6thof this month she started the flow, all was well and she was active, around on 9th she showed discomfort and reduced her food intake in the meantime increasing water intake … Initially we thought it was a seasonal change or her getting into the heat cycle, but then her flow stopped and she went completely off food and started becoming dull and inactive, we observed a slight swelling in her stomach before that …
    For about few days she went completely off food and having excess of water ….
    We rushed her to the vet , he put her on iv fluid and did a ultrasound…And immediately said it’s a case of closed Pyometra and she needs to be operate soon ….
    It’s scheduled for tomorrow…
    However…There are a few things troubling me…
    He didn’t ask for a blood work?? When we asked, he said ….It’s alright, I already know what’s going to be the levels….
    Next after returning home yesterday night , our princess is having cloudy pinkish discharge …But no foul smell ..
    When we informed him …He says it’s alright, maybe with all the movement fir the tests , the uterus must have opened hence a discharge….
    Am very confused…
    Does a closed Pyometra change and become open Pyometra???
    If she is having discharge, do we need to go in for Surgery or she can be treated with antibiotics???
    Staying in a remote place we do not have access to a place with many vets …
    What should be our immediate call ….
    Do we wait …But then the fear is there ??~?
    Do we go ahead with the surgery….
    If you can help ease my confusion….Will help my state tremendously….
    Basically am looking for someone to just tell me …Our princess is going to be fine ….
    Looking forward to hearing from you…
    PS.. I live in a small town in india right now …Going elsewhere is not a possibility.

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      Hi there,

      I’m sorry to hear that your girl is poorly – its never nice to watch them suffer this way. If the surgery is considered urgent, and she is otherwise fit, well and young, then they may decide there is no need to perform the bloods in preference to getting on with the operation without delay so that may well be why they’ve not taken any.

      A closed pyometra is very dangerous indeed and I agree that surgery is the best option. The vet is also probably right that the poking about during examination might be enough to have opened the cervix a little – enough for some discharge to make it’s way through but certainly, if she were mine, I would still opt for the operation straight away and not merely rely on antibiotics. Indeed, I imagine they will probably want her on antibiotics even though she is having surgery.

      I’m sure you are doing the right thing in removing the uterus and please do be reassured that everything you are saying does sound correct and makes sense. I wish her the very best and a happy quick recovery.

      Best wishes

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    My 5 yr 9 month old Aussie was bred (I think; didn’t witness it, ) for the 1st time a month ago. I noticed her vulva is swollen the past few days, and I don’t see a discharge. Is this a sign that she IS pregnant? She is still as active when we go outside for Frisbee, but inside she sleeps a lot and is very fussy about what I feed her; prefers fresh or cooked vegetables or meat, or Kibbles & Bits to her usual dog food. I buy good quality dog food and she is not eager to eat it now. I am elderly with limited finances & hope I can figure out the problem without busting my budget; the Vets around are very very expensive but I don’t want to jeopardize my dog, either. Any thoughts on the matter

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      It sounds as if she could well be pregnant yes but without seeing the dog, I couldn’t say for sure. Here is a really good article which tells you the signs of pregnancy and when they occur which might make more sense to you to work out if you think she is. I would recommend that you see a vet with her because if she is, you’ll need to know when to expect the pups and how to get ready for their arrival. If she isn’t, you’ll need to know if there is anything wrong that needs treatment. I’m sorry that your budget is low but really your girl’s health has to come first and I wish her a very healthy happy life.

      Here’s the article

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    I have a 6 1/2 year old female Chihuahua pug mix who has been in heat for a week now. Today she just started to get sick out of the blue. She is drinking normally and still had her normal bedside manners lol. The only thing she seems to not hold her normal food down around this time. It isn’t the first time and has never been anything else when we take her to the vet. It is normally the a thing take it easy on her. Give her bland chicken n rice and some Pedialyte. Is there anything that could be done to ease this stuff other than getting her fixed​?

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      Hi Bill, I wouldn’t have thought so really unless if you know when this happens, you begin to feed her a bland diet, in small portions, to help her with it. If it is her hormones making her feel this way then that might help but otherwise, as you say, having her done is probably the only fail-safe way of stopping it I’m afraid.

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    Hello. I have an 11 year old pomeranian with open pyometra. I am trying to save for surgery but finances are a mess. Its been almost 3 weeks since diagnosis and she is starting to suffer. I can tell she is in pain and uncomfortable. I am contemplating putting her to sleep. I know its an ethical issue but I dont know how long she or I can go through this. She is having alot of drainage, she is in pain, she is barking all the time. Now it seems she is trying to itch it or something and she has the darn collar on now for weeks. Her quality of life has diminished drastically. I just dont know what I should do because I love her but I cant afford her either.

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      Wow that’s such a tough call. She is, as you say, suffering. She is in extreme discomfort or pain for sure and honestly, its only going to get worse. I guess the question is how much longer it will take before you have the money to pay for her surgery and whether, by that time, she becomes septic due to the infection. You are right. It is an ethical question and certainly one nobody can really make but you. I wouldn’t want my dogs to suffer like that for days, never mind weeks and she has already been through so much. If you cannot see a way that you’ll be able to help her quickly, then perhaps putting her to sleep may be the kindest thing but that really is your call. Before it comes to that, I would try first speaking to your vet and see if they will draw up a contract with you to allow you to pay off so much now that you can afford, and the rest in instalments rather than have her go on suffering this way. You can only ask and you never know, they may say yes.

      I’m so sorry I can’t give you a definitive answer but hope either your vet is able to help you, or that you find the strength to do what’s right for her.

      Best wishes

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      Oh please try not to put her to sleep. There has to be somewhere or some vet who can take her and help her. My little 12 year old was diagnosed 3 weeks ago after a prolonged heat. Luckily I saved money for her health, since she is my heart and soul. She had an ultrasound, it’s opened, but not sure if it’s pyometra. She will be getting spayed tomorrow and I’m beyond myself. I don’t know where you live, but there are good samaratan vets who will help you out. Can you get her antibiotics until you can find someone? I wish the best. I’m praying my baby is back in my arms tomorrow afternoon. I will wait for her. Perhaps you can set up a gofundme page?

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        I certainly hope she was able to be helped … her post was over a month ago now 🙁

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    hey my german shepherd bitch has creamy discharge after 10 days of mating…. is she normal..??? she will become pregnant???? please. help me
    she is also licking her vagina..not too much..nor less…. please tell mee

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      Hi there, I couldn’t tell without a scan or blood tests if she is pregnant at this stage – its way too early to tell. If she has a discharge it is possible that she has picked up some bacteria from the stud dog at the time of mating. This is quite common. I would suggest that you see your vet as she may need a course of antibiotics if she has an infection, particularly in view of the fact you mention she is licking herself. Good luck and best wishes for a healthy litter.

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    Hi I have a paverian dog before some days she loss their Virgina and now she want mating and thier exitment level is very high please help me out and she is just 8 year old

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      Hi Komal,

      I’m sorry I am struggling to understand exactly what your question is. Could you have another go at rewording it because it doesn’t quite make sense as it is and I don’t quite know what you mean – Id love to help if I can.


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    Hi there
    We have an 8 year old black Lab who was spayed at around 18 months. She has always licked herself sometimes to the point where we have to stop her. Just lately I have noticed an orange coloured discharge which smells like old pennies! Any idea’s please? Thank you

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      Is it definitely a vaginal discharge she has? Is there any chance that it is coming from her anal glands instead? These often can smell when they are full and need emptying and while Ive never heard it described as “old pennies” before, I have heard some pretty incredible descriptions including fish and burnt electric cables to name just a couple! If it is definitely not from her anal glands, then she could well have a urinary infection and I would suggest a trip to the vet ASAP as this can be very painful and dangerous if left untreated.

      Best wishes

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    Hie guys. i have my GSD bitch who is 17 mnths old. She was in heat and i mated her with a GSD male and a few days after the heat cycle she started discharging some whitish stuff like pus through the vagina. no any other abnormalities tha i can see. what can be the problem

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      Hi there, it is likely she has picked up some bacteria off the male during the mating. Very common to happen. She should see the vet for a course of appropriate antibiotics to treat it ASAP. Good luck for a healthy and happy litter

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    Hi, I have a three year old pug, one previous litter at 14 months. Her last season was just under 4 weeks ago in which she was mated. Around about a week after her season ended she started bleeding, it varied day to day as to whether it was heavy or light. This was blood with some clots in, sorry to be gross but colour-wise it was that of a human’s period, to give you some sort of idea. In herself, she was fine. We put a pair of pants on her with a pad in so we could a) watch it and b) keep her and the furniture clean. She was eating, drinking, walking etc all perfectly normally. I had not taken her to the vet as we assumed it was a miscarriage, obviously I didn’t ultrasound her as it would’ve been too early for anything to show up on our screen.

    The past week or so she has started being fussy with food, she will eat something for 24hrs and then decide she no longer likes it and wants something different. Something not unusual in pregnant pugs, and as in total she was probably eating 75% of what she should’ve been I wasn’t overtly worried. About five days ago she started acting more tired, so I popped an order through for some multivitamins and that was that. The bleeding had pretty much completely stopped by this point, pants still on.

    Three nights ago when I changed the sanitary towel in the morning it was quite smelly and as opposed to the red blood we had before was more of a dischargy brownish colour, with a few red clots in. Obviously i changed her, after having given her a wash as it had completely soaked the pad. She didn’t eat her food that morning, but ate her evening meal, as well as having had some treats. No discharge throughout the day. That night the discharge was the same, just not so much and didn’t smell at all. She once again didn’t eat in the morning, but did drink an awful lot. I decided I was going to switch her water for puppy milk to get some goodness into her, and she did drink that over the course of the day. Not in excess and not gulping like she did to the water. That evening she ate half her food. Once again little to no discharge over the day, just a couple of clots. Overnight was the same as previous in colour, amount, and no smell again. This morning she once again didn’t want her food, but ate some ham and chicken, as well as drinking a lot of water. On Monday she would be far enough along that I can give her an ultrasound to see whether she is pregnant or not. My worry now though is infection. This new discharge combined with the water makes me think infection. It’s something that had this discharge been the first she had, I’d be up at the vets already. But it’s the bleeding that has us baffled. Is it possible that she potentially miscarried and then developed an infection? Incomplete miscarriage or something or the sort? I think what I really want to know is that we are away for the weekend, is two days too long to go with her only eating half what she should be over the course of the day? We can get her to the vet on Sunday. It’s currently Friday afternoon. Any advice would be really appreciated.

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      Poor love

      I think the possibility as you say is infection which could be due to retained products of conception, if she was indeed pregnant and miscarried. Do you have a thermometer? Taking her temperature would perhaps give you a better idea of infection but coupled with the discharge, the history, the fact she is clearly not herself and feeling “off” and not eating, if she were mine I would have her seen straight away with a view to swabs and starting antibiotics if there is infection and also the possibility that they may need to have her in to remove any retained products under anaesthesia. If there is something left inside that is turning nasty, she could well become very sick indeed. These things always seem to come to a head over the weekend don’t they but I wouldn’t take any chances and would ring a vet near where you are to see if she could be seen at the end of this evening’s surgery. If you are not sure where the nearest vet is, simply go to Google and type in “vets near me” and your phone will locate your position via GPS and give you a map with all the closest ones to you. I’d give one of those a ring

      Good luck and I hope she is feeling much better very soon


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    We’ve taken our dog to vet yesterday and she was diagnosed with this and put on 2 antibiotics and scheduled for surgery Monday morning! She is in the opened part and was draining g very much! She has had 3 doses of both antibiotics now and there seems to be no discharge now! Is this normal? Or should we be getting her to Vet ASAP? She is in good spirit, eating and drinking and all. No fever! I’m consented tho cause they said when it closes it’s trapped but you’d think the antibiotics are suppose to help the infection go away until surgery is the way I took it.

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      The best thing to do, if you are at all concerned, is simply to phone. If there is a problem, they’ll be on the case straight away. If there is no problem, it will put your mind at rest. The antibiotics usually take a couple of days to start having an effect and if she is fine in herself with no fever, it looks as though they are doing their job. I would, however, still speak to your vet for further advice to be on the safe side, just on the phone so probably no need for an appointment as such.

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    Hi I have a 10 year old husky cross who was spayed after her first season at approximately 18 months. Whilst she was asleep she had a large amount of reddish watery discharge come out of her rear end. It didn’t seem to smell, just a very slight smell of blood? I’m very worried about her, can you advise please x

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      Any bleeding or discharge is not “normal”. In a bitch of 10 years of age, I would want her to be seen by a professional for further investigation. You say “her rear end” but I am unsure if you mean from her bottom or from her vagina which could be different causes. Either way, however, I would still get her to see the vet at your earliest convenience as she may require treatment with antibiotics or possibly something more serious which I wouldn’t like to take that risk.

      I do hope she is feeling better soon.

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    My golden retriever bitch of 6 years of age is 2 weeks post AI. This will be her 3rd litter. We obviously don’t know if she is pregnant yet but I’ve noticed some slightly darkish discharge. She is licking her vulva a bit as well. She is acting otherwise normal. Plan on taking her to vet in the morning. Is this sometimes normal post AI. Her other two litters were uneventful.

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      Hi Pamela, I’m sorry Ive been out of the office and only just seen your message. I see that by now you will have been to your vet. Out of interest, what did they say?

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    Good morning,
    My bitch (pinscher 5years) Poucette has had a pyometra surgery on 17 Nov 2017. Healing is still on going. She is taking suspension antibiotic. But she is having vaginal discharges with some blood in it. Though the discharges are diminishing and becoming pale pink in colour, am worried. The vet said it will take some times to be ok completely. Am still worried though.

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      Hi Christine, I know we all worry when our babies are sick and I’m sorry she has been poorly. If the discharge is lessening then things are going in the right direction and as she is still on antibiotics, it sounds as if your vet has everything covered. What I would always say is that if you are worried, phone the vet. It’s what they are there for. Simply ring the clinic and explain your fears. They can pass on your message to the vet and get an answer from them without you needing to take the dog in although I’m sure you probably have an appointment coming up soon for her to be reviewed. If you are worried, do check but it sounds as if things are progressing nicely and if she isn’t obviously distressed, then that’s a positive sign too.

      Good luck and as I say, if you are worried, ALWAYS speak to your vet as they know the patient and the history x

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        Thanks for your reply. Brought her back to the Vet. A blood test was done and she was put on Konakion MM for three days. The Vet reassured me saying that my Poucette will be o.k but that she heals slower than other dogs.

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          I’m so pleased to read that all is well. Hope she continues to make a super recovery. Merry Christmas from all of us at Rhodes 2 Safety.

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    I have a 6 year old pit mix, never spayed. Recently some issues with anal glands, but took her to the vet bc of the smell, checked her anal glands, said there wasn’t much in there, but told them she had stunk up the house. She just started her cycle, and it’s way more blood than normal and the smell is horrendously foul (we had to put her in a room with the door shut bc of how bad it is)and the smell seeps through the doors She has been picky about her food, which she normally is at times, but no other symptoms were noticed. I’m worried its pyometra

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      Hope you’ve had a good Christmas, although I’m sure your girl’s problems have taken the shine off a little. It does sound as if there is infection there and if the anal glands are fine, then I would be worried about her too. Have you taken her temperature recently? Often that is a really good way to indicate a problem and is very easy for you to do yourself. I would have her back to the vet ASAP though because if it is pyometra, she could be very poorly indeed. At the very least, she shouldn’t be smelling so much that you can smell her behind a door. I think you are absolute right to be concerned and I would be too. Please take her back to the vet to be checked.

      Best wishes for 2018

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    I have a 6year old German Shepard bitch , who has had Pymetra,she has had surgery and had everything removed. The vet said she was absolutely full of blood etc and she probably only had hours before it got into her blood stream. The wound is healing nicely, however she is bleeding from her vagina quite heavily,the vet says she shouldn’t be doing this, but they think it may be a blood clot on her “stump ” ? dispersing , obviously I am worried about this as it is quite disconcerting. Does anyone know anything about this as my vets haven’t seen this before? I would be grateful for any ideas. She has been spayed a week and is eating well .She has just finished her antibiotics.

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      I’m sorry Jane I can’t really comment very much other than I do know sometimes when the bitch is spayed some of her cervix is left behind and this can cause problems – whether this is the same thing I don’t know. I would suggest if you are unhappy with the treatment and support you are getting that you request a referral to a specialist or at the very least ask for them to contact a specialist on your behalf to query the problem. I’m so sorry she is going through this and would strongly advise always to return to the vet if you are anything less than 100% happy with her progress.

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    My female dog just had her first cycle and has been off for about 2 weeks and I’ve started noticing a yellow discharge from her vagina. No other symptoms have been noticed.

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      If the season had completely finished and then the discharge started, she could have picked up an infection while her cervix was open during the season. How long has she had the discharge? Keep an eye on it and if the colour changes (particularly cloudy/milky, deeper in colour or greenish), starts to smell, she starts licking, changes her behaviour in any way or becomes listless or off her food, I would have her to the vet straight away. If she has had the discharge for more than a couple of days, I would ring the vet for further advice and an appointment to be seen by a professional.

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    I have a german shrt hair pointer 4 or 5 years old unspayed.. Shes leaking a clear fluid and tge area is swollen.. Shes eating n drinking normal.. But shes acting weird.. Hiding wont come to us.. She keeps licking at it and if.u touch the swolen areas lots of the liquid comes out

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      You need to take your dog to the vet immediately to be seen by a qualified professional. Please don’t leave your dog untreated

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    my dog was dx with pyometra and she was given the abx it has come back and she smells so foul my whole house is starting to stink.

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      If she smells, then she has infection. If she has infection, then this could be incredibly serious for her indeed. Please go back to your vet as she will likely need surgery to be spayed

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    Hello, I have a 9 month old Field Golden Retriever pup. Looking thorugh all of these comments, I suddenly feel really worried that my pup might get Pyometra. Our breeder said to leave one heat unspayed and then spay her so that she has time to mature. I was looking through Google and I wanted to kniw if it was true that Pyometra is rare in dogs with their first season. Is this true or should I still be careful? We are going to spay her in around three-five months time- will she be okay? Thank you!!!

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      I would always wait until a bitch is fully mature before spaying – many reasons for that decision including their mental state as well as their physical development if their hormones are “switched off” too early due to an early spay. I would absolutely let her have her first season and be looking at a spay around 18 months old if she were my girl. Good luck with her, I’m sure she will be fine

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    I have a 2 and a half year old poodle who hasn’t been spayed and was in heat three weeks ago. We think she got mated by another dog because we came home one day with the gate to our yard open and blood everywhere, she wouldn’t even let us touch her because she must’ve been overpowered by the bigger dog that came in. She now has this creamy yellow discharge from her vulva and she keeps on licking it whenever it leaks. She keeps peeing and always looks for water. She just lies down most of the time but I don’t think she’s lethargic. She’s always jumpy when she smells food and is still aggresive when someone’s at the door.

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      What could be a possible reason why she’s like this?

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        She could have an infection following another dog mounting her – whether or not she is pregnant as well would not be known yet as it’s still too soon. I would have her to the vet for a swab taking in case she requires treatment for an infection and also a general health test to give you a clue as to whether there are any early signs of pregnancy.

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    Hello can anyone please help. My dog a 2 year old GSD recently had a spinal operation and it was noticed her uterus was swollen the vets have confirmed it’s not filled with pus and we are in the second day of a hormone injection to empty the uterus first question is. The urine is a reddish brown and some clots is that normal?? And with it being the second day she is urinating less than yesterday and seems more tired is this normal??

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      I would honestly say to go back to your vet with anything you notice, particularly if you feel it is out of the ordinary. At 2 years old she will already have had at least one, two or even three seasons by now so you should have a fair idea of what is “normal” for her. It’s always best to speak to the professional who has been dealing with your dog personally. I would suggest that you ring with your questions and I’m sure they’ll be able to put your mind at rest even if they don’t need to physically see her to do so 😉

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    Hi, I hv boerboel three n half yr, tomorrow is her due date to gv pups but today she discharge dark red , at the morning was little but tend to increase as times go, she has all symptoms of pregnancy!! Can it be phantom pregnancy or she can hv pregnancy at the same time pyometra thou we r taking her to the vet soon. Thank u!! Learn a lot from u guys.

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      I’m afraid I am a little confused about exactly what you mean Haridun. I suspect by the time you get my message you will have already been to the vet anyway which is good to make sure all is well. Good luck

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    Hello my bitch is nearly 10 years old I had her done 2 and a half years ago now but in the last week she has showed signs of blood in her wee and today she is having clear discharge can anyone help as I’m finding lost of bits on the Internet that is quite scary to read really I hope it’s nothing to bad but advice would be greatful

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      If she has blood in her urine, it sounds like she has picked up a urinary infection. As you know, this can be very painful indeed and if left can make the dog very sick. If the bacteria tracks up to the kidneys it can cause all sorts of problems. The best thing would be take a sample of urine from your girl and pop up to the vet with her so that they can check the urine and see what’s going on. She will likely need just a course of antibiotics to clear up the infection but you certainly need her seeing by a professional. I’m sure she’ll be fine but, in the mean time, but while you get her seen you might try adding a cranberry supplement to her food or a drop of apple cider vinegar into her water to try to alter the alkalinity of the urine but certainly, she needs professional attention ASAP – perhaps this evening or tomorrow preferably.

      Best wishes and good luck with her.

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    Hi,my ten year old lab had discharge and I took her to the vet he did an ultrasound and said her bladder was inflamed so she had antibiotics, then her acupuncture physio that she sees for her arthritis said she had milk in her teats and is going through a false pregnancy. So she’s now on galastop. Her teats are still swollen and she is dragging her bottom along the ground a lot. Any ideas ? Also is it to risky to get her spayed and put her under a general anaesthetic? She will be 11 in October. She still loves her food, her toys and getting out in the car and going for short walks. She’s the softest soul I’ve ever known. I just want her to be comfortable and happy.

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      Hi Laura, yes it certainly sounds like she is experiencing a phantom pregnancy. Any anaesthetic always carries a risk, however small, so you need to weigh up her quality of life against the risk of anaesthetic at her age. Is she fit, is she healthy, does she have any other ailments, what drugs is she on, is she a healthy weight or is she overweight as a lot of older Labradors tend to be, how often are her seasons, how long have other labs in her line lived to?? All of these questions will help you make your decision. If for example she is heavy, other dogs in her line live to about 11-12 and she only has seasons every 9 months or so, I don’t think Id put her through it as the upset of a phantom perhaps only another couple of times in her life would not really seem enough to make the gamble. If however she is fit and spritely, a good weight and comes from a line of long-lived dogs with seasons every 6 months, then yes, a spay would be a good option for her. I would discuss such questions with your vet who actually knows your girl personally and her history then you can make a qualified decision that you will be happy with. Good luck with her xx

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    Hi, my toy poodle’s pregnant and is nearing her 7th week. She’s really jumpy and active even though her belly’s quite big now. She keeps on jumping to get on the couch and stairs and I’m a bit worried. About 5 days ago, she hit her belly hard while trying to jump on our terrace. She’s now peeing more often and has this clear liquid coming out of her in big puddles. I don’t think it’s pee because because hers is usually yellow and isn’t the same in amount as the clear one. What could this liquid be? I’m worried she could have a miscarriage

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      It could be that it is her waters breaking. If there is fluid leaking it means there is potentially an entry route for bacteria to get in. I would have her to the vet for a check up and put your mind at rest or, if she feels it is necessary, she can treat or intervene as appropriate.

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    I have a nine year old springer who finished her heat cycle around two weeks ago – I noticed a couple of days ago she was quiet, she’s still eating and playing and having walks fine and then tonight I saw a clear discharge from her vulva and then it was sort of a milky discharge and she seems to be a bit unsettled in herself I’m very concerned it’s pyometra – would she have any other symptoms?

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      Any unexplained discharge from the vulva, especially after a cycle like this, should be checked out just in case. I would pop her to the vet for an examination and a swab as she may need antibiotics to prevent it getting worse. Take care

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    My female lab is discharging brown blood and it is therefore after meeting it is about 20 days and she is discharging brown blood

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      She may have picked up an infection during the mating from the dog – this can happen sometimes and if so she will need treatment for this. I would suggest a quick chat on the phone with your vet as he may be able to advise without actually seeing the dog or, if needs be, he can ask you to bring her in for examination and treatment if required.

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    I have a 9 month old Pomeranian and she has not been spayed but she’s been whining a little bit for half an hour now and some urine (clear water) has been discharging from her vagina in a very small amount. She has just had her first oestrus cycle and she has been trying to hide behind the bed. What do I do?

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      If she is crying and peeing, then she may have a bladder infection. As it is Sunday tomorrow, I would phone and speak to the vet this evening and ask for advice. It may be that he is happy for her to wait until Monday to be seen or he might suggest seeing her straight away rather than leaving her for another 48 hours before a professional opinion. I would make the phone call 😉

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    I have a 7 year old spitz she had her heat cycle on last week of may 2018. On 23 June I noticed a drop of yellowish fluid kind of pus in her vagina. I consulted my vet he gave a ointment para dermo to apply on her vulva. I also went for her blood report in which her sgpt was 75.8 iu/l and alkaline phosphatase was 171 her total.bilirubin was 85.8mg/DL. my vet advised 1 tab of hepamerz 150 mg and canitone LS. On 1st of July her LFT was normal but I noticed pus again in her vulva.on 2nd of july My vet told me it is symptom of pyometra he injected combination of betadine and antibiotic through a tube inside her vulva and asked for ultrasound . On 3rd July there was more discharge in her vulva than previous day In utrasound her uterus was not noticeable by the doctor so he told me it might be initial stage of pyometra. Now my vet advised 1 tab of toxim o 100 twice a day and today till afternoon I haven’t noticed anything like pus in her vulva. I recently lost one of my dog because of jaundice . I love my babies a lot now I can’t lose her. I just wanted to know is this prescription is right or not? Is this pyometra or can be any other infection ??

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      Hi, I’m afraid Ive never heard of toxim so couldn’t comment but if the vet has diagnosed pyometra and prescribed this, then I would think he is pretty sure of his drug advice. I would say though, if you are at all worried, then take her to another vet for a second opinion so that you are happy with the treatment you are getting for her. I wish her well and hope she is feeling much better very soon.

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    My little jack Russell is 8 she had a break on 15th of June . Her bleeding stopped around 7/10 days after . Then I was noticing small blood stains around the house . I thought it was something to do with her getting older and her being on a break . Some days it’s not bad but have noticed a change in her over past couple of days . She’s off her food and won’t let me touch her tummy . The blood stains are still there and she is slow when out walking . Tonight she had upset tummy with really runny pooh I think she was in pain .she’s to see vet tomorrow but I’m really worried what it is ? Can anyone suggest anything. ? I love my little girl . So worried x

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      Hi Lorraine, poor little mite sounds very uncomfortable indeed. Do you know where the blood is coming from? You say she has an upset tummy – is it possible that it is coming from her bottom rather than her vagina? Honestly, if she is very sore, wont let you touch it, off her food, wont walk and has a very runny poo then she needs an urgent veterinary opinion. I know you say you have arranged an appointment for her for tomorrow, but have you actually spoken to the vet? I would suggest if not, that you ring them back and ask to speak to the vet on the phone for his opinion as to whether she can wait until tomorrow … if she were mine, Id want her checking up on ASAP

      Best of luck with her xx

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    Hi we mated our bitch 2 weeks ago on but since the 12th day after mating we have notice some discharge only bits not all the time. She is ok in her self she as been sick a couple off time in the morning. Is this normal please.

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    Sorry some brown discharge.

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      It is possible that she may have picked up an infection at the time of mating which is quite common. She may need treatment for this. I would say the best course of action is to ring your vet and ask for advice as to whether they would like to see her and swab the discharge with a mind to treatment for it.

      I wish you well with your litter – good luck

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    Hello I wonder if you could please help me & put my mind at rest.
    My 14 year old labradoodle called Candy who hadn’t been spayed & never had any health problems had her last season for 6 weeks this was normal bleeding at first then a brownish discharge then bright red blood. She was drinking a bit more than usual but seemed fine & happy in herself. She slept a lot but at 14 I didn’t think that unusual. As her season had gone on for so long I took her to the vet & he said after doing a scan & xrays in his opinion it was pyometra & that there was blood in one of her ovaries & that she was at her best health wise to spay her urgently. He said it was open pyo & if it closed her life would be at risk. I made the very hard decision to have the surgery done & the operation was touch & go as she bled out a lot. The vet said he’d never seen anything like it before as they didn’t know if it was a reaction to the post op antibiotics or a blood clotting disorder or even a latex allergy.
    They got through the operation & all seemed absolutely fine & I was so relieved as was so worried about her. They decided to keep her in overnight to be monitored & administer antibiotics which was going to be a different kind incase the previous one had caused the complications during surgery.
    I spoke to the vet late at night & they said all was well with her & she was going really well. Then I got the utterly heartbreaking phone call at 3.30 am in the morning to tell me they’d administered her antibiotics & she had gone rigid & passed away. They battled to resuscitate & gave her something else to try to revive her but she’d gone. I have been left totally heartbroken & I just don’t understand exactly what happened & why she died.
    I am blaming myself & feel awful that I made the decision for her to have the operation & that I wasn’t with her when she died. I really am struggling without her & I am finding it so hard to come to terms with. Please can you possibly tell me anything that you think may of happened & why she died.
    She was such a beautiful girl & so loved & I am totally devastated without her I would be so grateful if you could give any light on what may of happened.
    Thank you Patricia

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      Oh Patricia, you have my absolute heart-felt sympathy. Sadly, without seeing her notes I couldn’t comment on what may or may not have happened. What I can say, however, is that the operation she has was her only course of action. You did the right thing and without it she would have suffered greatly so please don’t blame yourself for the decision you made on her behalf. You did the right thing. At times like this we really need to try understand what happened to make sense of it all in our own minds and really the best people to do that for you is your own veterinary team. To offer any suggestions would merely be total guess work and of no value to you whatsoever I’m afraid. A better possible reason would certainly come from your vet who will have tried so hard to save her for you, regardless of her age.

      I personally lost my old boy within a week, just before Christmas, following an unexpected illness and “routine” exploratory operation. He should still be here and it breaks my heart that he is not, and so I 100% understand how you are feeling and would do anything to help ease the pain for you. We need some closure and a way of getting our heads around things to make our peace with it but all the love in the world will never be enough. I am so very sorry and can only urge you to speak to your vet team and be blessed for all the years you were lucky enough to be her guardian. I’m sure she loved you more, every single day.

      Please take your time to grieve and be kind to yourself

      Kerry x

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        Thank you so much Kerry for your kind words & the reassurance you have given me that I did the right thing for Candy, that really has meant so much to me.
        I am so sorry too to hear of your loss of your dear boy & yes it totally breaks our hearts to loose them.
        Thank you for your advice, I will be brave & speak with my vets & hopefully understand more as I still have so many questions to ask but at the time we are so overwhelmed with grief cannot find the words.
        I am so grateful I posted on here & to have spoken with you Kerry.
        Thank you & you too.
        Patricia xx

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    Hi I have a 1 year old akita ,she should have come out of season by now as she started it beginning of March but I have noticed she is still spotting red though not much and her vagina has not yet shrunken back to normal size,she is playfull and eating and drinking normal and she is not uncomfortable with me stroking her belly I am just concerned that some red spotting is still there should I be worried?

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      Dogs, like humans, are all different. If she is only 1 year old is this her first season or has she had one before? Is this different from how she presented last time? If it is different, I would have her checked by the vet. If this is her first season then it could just be that her cycle is slightly longer than most dogs so give it another few days and if things are not getting better, have her checked out. As with anything, the best person to advise you is your veterinary professional who can physically see your dog and put your mind at rest

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    Hi I have a 5 year old Rhodesian ridgeback. She is not spayed. She had her last cycle about two months ago and for the last few days has had bloody discharge. I see a lot about pyrometra and how serious it can be but everything online says white/yellow cloudy discharge. I’m wondering if the red discharge she is having is cause for concern with no other symptoms.

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      If your girl is not due a season and you are seeing a bloody discharge, you need to take her to see your vet. Any bleeding that is not expected should always be investigated. It might be that the blood is coming from her urethra and is the sign of a urinary problem rather than from her vagina. If it is a urinary problem them she will need treatment for this as soon as possible. Good luck, and please see your vet straight away.

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    Hi there, I have a 14 1/2 year old Jack Russell, who is not spayed. I remember the vet telling me to watch out for any discharge from the vulva as it can be indication of infection. My dog usually drinks a lot of water during the night, she always has, and she urinates a normal amount and never inside. However, occasionally I do see some discharge from her vulva, usually a brownish color but not super frequently. Her abdomen isn’t swollen but is a little droopy, although I just assumed that was associated with old age. I’m in college and don’t have a lot of money or family here to support me through any complications, and I get a lot of anxiety at the thought of something being wrong with her. She is always happy and likes to run around, it never seems like she’s sick. I know the vet told me if it was some sort of infection, surgery would be necessary, but I’m afraid that there will be complications or that she’s too old to be put under. Is it worth the surgery or should I just let my dog live out the remainder of her life without surgery? Just looking for some advice.

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      Oh Camila Im sorry its taken me so long to get back to you – Ive only just spotted your message. I would, of course, always seek a vet’s professional opinion but, if she is otherwise well in herself and acting normally then I would suggest buying yourself a cheap rectal thermometer. That way you can keep an eye on her temperature. If you see anything that makes you think she is not 100% right, you can just see what the reading is and, if it is above normal, then you know she needs to see the vet. If she has pyometra then she will become really quite poorly with it and it can be fatal if not treated so you wouldn’t want to leave an infection like that. That said, if you can catch it early, he may decide to give some medication in view of her age rather than operating on her – but, without seeing how fit she is and knowing all of her history, I really couldn’t say and I would always take your vet’s advice.

      Here is a great blog which tells you how to spot a fever and illness in your dog which includes what are normal values to look for on a thermometer reading

      Best wishes


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    Hi my min pin just had surgery 4 days ago she had a pyometra operation, her appetite is poor and she has a yellow jelly-ish discharge should I be worried

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      If you are in any doubt that she is not doing as well as she might, then the best advice would be to phone your vet. At the moment when they are only seeing emergency cases, a phone call will put your mind at rest and, as they have seen her and know her history, they are the best people to advise you.

      Good luck with her and stay safe

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    Hello everyone,

    I want to leave my experience with Pyometra in my dog. My Pitbull is 4 years 10 months old. Keeping that in mind, she is very energetic, happy, only sleeps when I’m sleep, always into something. 2 weeks after her last heat cycle. I noticed she wasn’t eating her dog food much, not really being active. I brushed it off because every time she’d see someone she hasn’t seen in a while she was back to normal, and car rides she was so excited. Then a week later, I noticed she was leaking clear fluids to the point it left a little spot. A day later it turned into a blood mixture and it was a foul smell, plus the leaking turned into a waterfall. That’s when I knew something was wrong with my baby. I took her to an emergency vet. They said it was Pyometra, the only good thing was is that it was open, so it’s not going into her blood stream and she didn’t need surgery right then and there. Unfortunately, since this pandemic is going on I was short on cash. I researched that night for a clinic that was in my budget or a vet that does payment plans. I stumbled across Helping Hands in Richmond, VA. They were able to get my baby in the next day. When they say her, they gave me hope. They said she is still very active which is great. A lot of dogs they see with Pyometra look so sad. It just hurt me to know my dog had a life threatening infection. But a week later, my dog is back to eating, trying to keep her activity low since her surgery, she’s walking, drinking. My baby is back. Can’t wait to get her cone off so we can go for a well deserving walk!
    If your dog is acting out of the ordinary after her heat cycle, go to the vet before it’s too late!

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      Thank you so much for your recount of what happened. Im sure it will be helpful to read in the future and Im SOOOOO glad your girl is back to her normal self. Stay safe and give her a love from all of us at R2S

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        Hello. My 10 year old Pomeranian is unspayed. Her discharge went from red to a brownish to a yellow throughout her heat cycle. So I assumed this is her going out of heat because her swelling went down too. Today I noticed upon wiping her that her vagina was filled with a yellow pus looking discharge. She has been eating, drinking normal and going to the bathroom fine. The discharge is only present right after she goes to the bathroom and if I press on the area more discharge comes out. It’s not really leaking out by itself unless she goes pee. Is this a urinary tract infection or pyrometra? Or is this normal at the end of their heat cycle?

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          Hi Emily,
          It would be really difficult to say without examining the dog and, with things as they are just now with Corona Virus, my advice would be to ring your vet and explain the symptoms as you have written them above. They will tell you if they need to see her as she may well need antibiotics.

          Best wishes and stay safe

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    Hi Kerry !

    I have labrador & she is 7 yrs old. Last 2 days she is having white turbid discharge from vagina (flow is very heavy like a baby peeing on his bed). Symptoms are:
    Loss in appetite,
    Occasionally vomiting,
    Weakness & trembling in walk, laziness,
    Licking her vagina.

    Her heat was not usual as there was no blood flow just some blood clots in urine. And she mated when she was 3yrs old i.e approx 4-5yrs ago and litter was healthy. Since then there is no mating & she is not spayed yet.

    There is a lockdown in my locality due to Covid19 & vet clinics are closed. I am trying to contact my Vet and hopefully there will be schedul consultation in this week.

    Plz suggest me about her condition asap as I am worrying for her condition.


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      Hi Gaurav,
      Im so sorry I have only just seen your message and I assume by now that you have managed to get in to see a vet, or at the very least, spoken to a veterinary professional. It sounds very much as if she has an infection and I hope that your vet was able to start her on some treatment to help her.

      Best wishes

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    Hi i have a 16 year old pomeranian not spayed recent cycle end3s a month ago.reddish discharge started again aftera week and hasn’t stopped she is mostly fatigued not eating since 20 days only drinks water.
    Kindly suggest on her condition i am trying to reach local vet but most of them are not yet available.

    Thanks and Regards

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      Hi Anil, with all that you say ie her age, the bleeding, the not eating, it is imperative that you have her seen by a vet as soon as possible. I would definitely say this is not something that can wait and you need to find a professional right away. Best of luck

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        Hi I have a 6 years unspayed female Labrador. In 2018 she got pyometra with foul smelling vaginal white creamy discharge. At that time vet had given her antibiotics and she recovered.In 2019 she had no vaginal discharge during season. But from 7 days of June 2020 I have seen a cloudy reddish vaginal discharge which is watery and has no foul smell.She is drinking and eating normally. But some lethargic.plz suggest me if it is just a season discharge or pyometra symptom?

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          Is she due in season? If this is the correct timing for her, then I would expect to see blood and if this is the normal amount and she is well in herself, this would fit. If it is not, then I would speak to your vet ASAP to have her checked by a professional. Obviously, if you are at all concerned, your vet is always the person to speak to. Having not see the dog or know her history, I couldn’t give a definite answer Im afraid.

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    I have a 2.5 year old rhodesian ridgeback who is unspayed. She has had a loss of appetite over the last couple days, and today I noticed a small amount of cloudy/white discharge from her vagina, and some swelling around her teats. She finished her last cycle around 5 weeks ago. She is whiny and more lazy than normal. Should I get her to the vet immediately?

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      Hi Jack, Any time we are seeing signs or symptoms out of the ordinary, then a veterinary assessment is always the best course of action. It could be that she is starting with a phantom pregnancy. As things are at the moment with Corona Virus, the best thing would be to call your vet and speak to her, stating the information you have here. If they think it is something serious that will require treatment they will ask to see her. Otherwise, they may be able to give advice over the phone.

      Best wishes and I hope she is well.

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    Hi , My dog is 9 years old, month ago she suddenly ran away for from home for ten days, that time she was on heat. When she came back home she was perfectly fine, but after 14 days she stops eating food, and started drinking water higher than normal .And one day I found he vaginal discharge different than red colour, it was like white, may be puss, but completely odorless. I took her to vet. Now she is having treatment , levofloxacin injection daily for 4-5 days. Now discharge is almost gone, she have started eating few , but much better than before, she is looking fresh, but her abdomen is little bigger than before. Can it be pyometra or something else. Vet told me it’s UTI.
    Thanks .

    • Reply

      Hi Piyush, Your vet knows her history and has examined her so if that is her professional opinion, then go with that. Wait until she has finished all her antibiotic treatment and keep your eye on her. If you are not happy that she is getting better and back to normal, speak to your vet again for further assessment. Is there any possibility that she is actually pregnant? If you say she ran away a month ago when she was in season, that would make her half way through a pregnancy if she did get caught so her abdomen would be beginning to get larger. Are her nipples the same or are these getting bigger also? If you are at all worried, your vet is the first person you should speak to.

      Take care

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    Hi Kerri I received a 15 yr old Yorker in Feb. 2020 with a large growth above her belly.She has recently scrapped it on the steps leading outside and she constantly licks the area since it hangs almost touching the floor. I’ve noticed a outpouring of discharge randomly on the floor.. clear with white mucus .. she has no appetite but drink water more than usual and stays in her bed . Wondering what is wrong with my Yorker poo

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      Where is the discharge from? Is it from the growth or from her vulva? If it is from the growth, then sounds like she has an infection. If it is from her vulva then that too would bother me because what ever it is, is making her miserable enough to put her off her food and take to her bed and drink more than normal. There is no way around it. You must telephone your vet and explain the signs and symptoms as they will likely want to see her and probably prescribe some antibiotics if they do feel it is infected. I know times are very difficult just now but if you take a photo of the growth, and the discharge, and text it over to your vet, they often are happy to do “online” consults rather than dragging your both in. Best of luck with her.


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    Hi my 4yr old french bulldog mated last week. Yesterday I noticed spots of red blood when last week it was pail pink. Will she be ok or could she have infection. We mated AI and she is now day 21 of her seasons.

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      With such a sensitive time as this, I would just give your vet a ring to make sure they are happy. If she has an infection that needs treating, then the sooner this is caught the better but honestly, I would just run it by your vet on the phone to ask for advice. Not really any need to have her seen I wouldn’t think as a phone consult is probably enough with Covid etc and, if they NEED to see her, then you can take her in

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    Hi there, I am a new pet mom my female dog Toy Aussie she is almost 4 months, and I have noticed a clear almost like water vaginal discharge that smells different than her urine . In the begining I thought she is peeing in her sleep but sometimes this discharge is after she pees and is yellowish or clear sticky, and other times she wakes up wet on her leg almost like she stepped in water. The vet said is normal due to her maturing im not sure if I should take her to another vet or is absolutely normal for her age.

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      Hi Cristina, On average, most bitches will have their first season between 6 and 15 months of age with small breeds having them earlier than the larger breeds. 4 months is still very much a tiny puppy so I wouldn’t have expected any signs of this type at just 16 weeks. Whilst I am not a vet, I think if it were my girl and a second opinion wasn’t too difficult in these times with Covid, I would ask for another opinion, just in case – especially as you say it smells. I would hate to think she has picked up a urinary infection that needs treatment. Your vet may well be right but it wouldn’t hurt to check

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    Hi there, I have a 7month female lab. She used to be very energetic and hungry for food. But since last 10 days, she is not eating anything other then liquid stuff like Milk, curd or buttermilk, meat and egg. Just today i have seen blood in her urine, though it look more like pinkish but I am still very much worried.

    • Reply

      If there is blood in her urine Sonia then please get her to your vet ASAP for further investigation. She may well have a urinary infection which is very painful and if left untreated can become very dangerous indeed. I hope she is feeling better very soon.

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    I have an 8 yr old female rottie not spayed that all of sudden today she has allot of orangish colored discharge or pus coming out. It just drips out when she walks. She is eating and drinking just fine but I am scared because after reading stuff online I don’t have $1000 to do surgery. Does this sound like she has pyometra? And without surgery will I probably have to put her down?

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      Hi Pam,

      Im sorry I have only just spotted your message. Is the discharge coming from the urethra (hole for peeing) or from the vagina? If it is the pee hole that this sounds like a serious urinary tract infection which will require antibiotics. If it is from the vagina then yes, this does sound very worrying indeed and you will absolutely need her to see the vet immediately. Without treatment, I would fear a very bad outcome for her Im afraid.

      I hope by the time you have received my reply, you have been able to get her to the vet for a review. Take care x

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    My 5 year old German Shepard has vaginitis and we have had her to the vet, who prescribed two different medications, and after all meds were given, the smell is still there and horrible. They gas us a NEW higher dose of antibiotics and a special shampoo. It has done nothing. She still is continually licking herself there, and the smell that is coming from her vagina is horrible, like a mildewed pair of socks. (sorry) What else can be going on? Could she need a hsitorectomy or what other problems can she be having?

    • Reply

      I would question whether she actually has pyometra rather than simply vaginitis, and if the antibiotics haven’t worked, then a spay operation might be required to sort this out. However, is there a possibility that the problem is not actually her vagina, but her anal glands? These do smell terribly when they are full or infected in which case she may require a different antibiotic if she is not sensitive to the ones that have been tried. My suggestion would be that if she is not getting better, return to your vet for further examination and possibly a swab to check which antibiotics will work for her. Good luck.

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    Hi , I have an 11 month old spaniel bitch who is currently having her 1st season , Now on day 19 . She is well in herself , no significant issues with eating or drinking however , have been using canine nappies for her most fertile period as we also have a dog in the house and whilst discharge slowly reduced , have noticed now quite nasty smelling. Is this normal

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      Hi Stacey,

      It rather depends on what you mean by “nasty” … when anything smells “bad” or “off” it’s time to speak to your vet. My best advice would be simply to ring your vet and leave a message asking the question. They can call you back with advice which they would much rather do than drag you in to the practice with all the Covid restrictions.

      Good luck with her

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    Hi ,
    I have an 9 month old lebra bitch who doesn’t have her 1st season ,
    but she has some itching on their part with little bit swelling. she is playing , having food and drinking water like normal, everything looks normal, but she has so much itching , she used to lick every time.
    she is still not fertile period ,should we consult to doctor or Is this normal ?
    Thanks in advance!.

    • Reply

      Hi Sargam,
      Yes, I would consult the vet as it may well be that she has an infection that needs treatment. If it is left, the infection can track up inside and become more serious.

      Best wishes

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    I have a 10 month old lab mix who got fixed a couple months ago. She has had a weird discharge coming out of her vagina since and today it smelled like bood but was mostly clear.

    • Reply

      Hi Keke, If your dog has been spayed and is now showing a discharge which smells, I would suggest that you have a word with your vet just to be on the safe side

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    I have a boeboel of 1year plus, she eat a lot, And I just mate her 2weeks back, so how will i know if she’s pregnant or not

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      Hi Sunky, it is usually a minimum of 4 weeks before you are able to tell if she is pregnant or not. You will see changes in her nipples and she will start to get bigger. From 4 weeks on your vet will be able to do a physical examination and tell you if she is pregnant or not.

      Best wishes

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    Hiya, I have a nearly 14 year old lab/staff cross and I noticed that when she stood up there was a few spots of very slightly milky liquid. She hasn’t got a temp, she’s eating really well, not got a swollen stomach, drinking no more than any other year when the heating gets turned on more and seems more determined than ever to get the squirrels at the bottom of the garden. Basically other than being a little clingy (which she always gets when I’m on my period) there’s a few spots which she didn’t even seem to notice. Sorry if I’m overreacting.

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      Just keen an eye on her Kayleigh and see if you can where the drops are coming from. It could be either from her urethra or from her vagina. The usual things to watch for, apart from what you say in your message, would be the colour … if it gets a greeny tinge, or the smell, if it smells bad. Just watch her behaviour and her temperature and for things like licking more than usual. Obviously, if you are at all worried then just ring and speak to your vet. A phone call may very well suffice at the moment with Covid and they may not even wish to see her, but just to put your mind at rest, there is no substitute for a professional veterinary opinion xx

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    I have a rescue from Romania, she was spayed (Twice)?, but still has a season, no blood but cries to get out to other dogs, and helicopters her tail to attract any dog when out eats more and generally unrelaxed, is there any homoeopathic help we could give her.
    We believe she is about 7 to 8 years old.

    The vets don’t think it advisable to have anything else internal done, as done twice and she has had a very cruel life till we got her.

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      Hi Suzanne, for a well informed homeopathic point of view, I would contact these people and ask them direct for further advice in that direction:

      Best wishes and Merry Christmas


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    I have a 19 week old bitch staff. For the past couple of weeks, after she does a wee, there has been a yellow mucus coming from her private area. Recently she has started to lick her area quite a bit and also has started to scoot on the floor.. she’s still her normal puppy self and has a very healthy appetite.. she isn’t lethargic.. I have been debating whether it’s worth taking her to the vets or wait until she has her first cycle? Please could you advise if it seems like I should take her to the vets? Thank you!

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      Hi Chloe, if she is producing mucus and scooting then she is obviously uncomfortable. It would be wise giving your vet a ring as I imagine they will want to see her in case she has developed an infection and requires antibiotics. With things as they are just now with Covid, ringing the vet and leaving a messages may be all that is required rather than an appointment but I would certainly ask their advice and not leave it.

      Best wishes

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    I have 4 years old bitch, she’s been having this yellow/greenish watery discharge for a week now. she heated 3 months ago. she’s still acting normal, she still playing and eating a lot. but I’m still worried about her, I can’t take it to the vet. I just a broke college student I don’t have the money, so I really need your advice.

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      Hi John,

      Im very sorry to say that you are going to need to take her to a vet. Whenever a discharge appears unexpectedly and especially if it is green/yellow, there is likely to be infection happening. If this is the case, she is at significant risk of developing pyometra which can prove fatal. She will need antibiotics and possibly further treatment so I really wouldn’t leave her.

      Take care


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    I have a 13 year old female min pin who has been spayed since she was a puppy. Last year 3/20 she was diagnosed with a stump pyometra and had surgery. The doctor removed a small amount of pus and did not find any trace of ovarian tissue/ cell left over. Now this year 1/21 she is showing similar signs again 🙁 started with clear discharge that seemed to have gone away. A month later it started again with a milky color to beige yellow, yellow green , light pink with small amounts of blood to now pink with blood. She is on clavamox for now , urine culture test came back negative no trace of infection in the urine which I was hoping there was …I have an appointment in two days with a new internal doctor I’m hoping she can treat this differently and not surgery. What could this all mean?

    Thank you !

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    I have a pregnant pitbull she still has about a week or two till arrival of pups but she has a green liquid coming from her nipples.

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      Hi Shay,
      Congratulations on your impending litter. Any time that you see a green discharge, you need to have this checked by your vet as she may need treatment for infection. Im sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you but hope you have seen your vet by now – if not, please phone them straight away.

      Best wishes

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    Hi, I have an 11 year old GSD bitch she was a rescue dog and believe she was spayed at a young age she has been squatting to try and go to the toilets but nothing has been happening for months and had her anal glands checked and all was clear, she has started losing a brown watery discharge keeps licking herself and biting her fur very restless overnight keep wanting to go outside and trying to squat. Seems to be drinking slightly more than normal and not eating too much either can you please advise thank you

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      Hi Hayley, it sounds as if she may have a urinary infection. I would strongly advise you get her an appointment with your vet ASAP for a check up and probably a course of antibiotics. If left untreated an infection can be very serious and in worse cases can even track up into the kidneys so please don’t leave it. It is very uncomfortable and she will require medication. x

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    I have a female non-spay pit. She is 5 years old. Thursday I rushed her to the emergency Vet because of a mucus discharge. They only put her on antibiotics for a week. They end tonight. Normal drinking, normal eating, normal playing. Everything is normal with her besides this clear to cloudy mucus discharge and her licking. They said they thought it was a urinary infection, but she has no increase in her urine or seem to be in any pain. The first thing I thought was pyometra, but the Vet wants to do the wait and see after she is off the antibiotics. Anyone else’s pet have this issue. Also no smell to the discharge.

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    Hi, I have a female American Akita. She’s 4 and half years old and we mated her, her second time 2 weeks ago. There were two matings. I have noticed white/ yellow discharge 2 days ago and took her to the vets immediately. The vet took her temperature and felt her stomach. He was really happy with her saying it could be the fact that the mating wasn’t successful and she’s just braking everything down and it’s coming out as “discharge”. Today I have noticed darker discharge “very green” so I rang again to have a second appointment which is meant to be tomorrow morning. I just want an advice as I love her so much, I don’t want it to be anything serious and the vet hasn’t done any bloods or scans. Should I be worried? I tried to get a second opinion from different branch but unfortunately because of COVID they do not take any new patients. She seems okay in her self, apart from being more clingy and more lazy? I am very worried

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      Hi Viktoria, Im sorry Ive only just seen your message or would have replied sooner. You are right to be concerned for your girl – any time you see a greenish tinge to a discharge then it is reasonable to think there is the possibility of infection – not always, but certainly something to be ruled out. I guess by now you will probably have had the opportunity to see your vet but, if not, then please do so as it may be they would like her to take a course of antibiotics just in case.

      Best wishes

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    Hello my name is Danna and I have a 13 year old beagle and basset hound mix named Bella. I was told by my vet that she has on an inverted vagina and I have to clean her because dirt gets up in the inside of it. While I was cleaning her this morning I noticed that some pus was coming from the outside tip from her vagina and I was wondering what would cause that to happen

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      Hi Dana,

      Im sorry to hear your girl is poorly – there shouldn’t be pus coming from the vagina. With the diagnosis of inverted vagina, there is a good chance she has picked up a little infection so it would be worth taking her back to your vet as she will likely need antibiotics to treat it.

      Best wishes

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    Hi Kerry,

    I have a 12-year-old unspayed Broder Collie who has her seasons every nine months, the last being at the very beginning of April this year. I’ve now noticed a clear odorless discharge from her vulva. It appears as a single drop occasionally, and my dog cleans herself more frequently. She’s a little swollen as well.

    She does not show any other symptoms; she eats and drinks normally, does her business, has a normal temperature, plays and is her energetic self. Should I worry, or could this be something completely benign that can affect older dogs?

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      Hi Ria,

      If it is clear and odourless, it doesn’t sound like it suggests infection. Could it instead be from her urinary tract rather than her vulva itself and actually be a little incontinence? That would perhaps make more sense but, as always, the vet is your best course of action. I would try to ascertain exactly WHERE it is coming from.

      Best wishes

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        Thank you so much for your reply!

        Taken into consideration her age, it could very well be a little incontinence. Her overall condition has not changed at all since, but I will schedule an appointment with our vet for a senior check-up.

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    Hi , I have a female black American pug , she just turned 9 years old , and is not spayed . She’s had problems with her cycle since last year, heavy bleeds , discharge that literally caused a rotting spot on her private area , we also noticed her drinking more water one day , she did that for a short while , 2-3 days maybe . We took her to the vet multiple times and they did blood work each time but they told me that it’s not pyometra . We haven’t seen anything too concerning for a few months but an hour ago , I was playing with her when I noticed that one of her nipple had a drop of discharge , that was watery and pale white . Should I be concerned? I am definitely taking her to the vet tomorrow but what could be wrong ? She’s otherwise active , eats well , drinks well .

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      Im sorry I have only just seen your message and hope all went well at the vet. What did they say?

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        Hi I mated my dog 17 days ago and now she has a clear milky discharge it was an a.i I did she is healthy and doing everything normal wat does it mean

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          Hi, I would check in with your fertility expert who did the procedure. There is always a possibility of infection following this so I would just explain what your are seeing and ask their opinion on it.

          Best wishes and good luck

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    My dog was in heat a month ago and she bleed two after then 4 days passed then bleeding again when she is in heat she don’t bleed heavy and the after the two weeks she stained her under garment it was drenched with blood

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