Vaginal Discharge & Pyometra

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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:

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
Lethargy
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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      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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    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.

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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 http://rhodes-2-safety.co.uk/?p=1706

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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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    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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    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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    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?
    Thanks

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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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    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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    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.

      http://www.rhodes2safety.co.uk/canine-tip-of-the-day-bitches-their-cycle-seasons/

      http://www.rhodes2safety.co.uk/canine-tip-of-the-day-phantom-pregnancies/

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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 – http://www.rhodes2safety.co.uk/measuring-k9-water-input-urine-output-and-how-to-collect-a-sample/

      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.

      Kerry

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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 ….
    Thanks…
    Looking forward to hearing from you…
    Namaste
    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
      Kerry

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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 https://www.purina.co.uk/dogs/key-life-stages/pregnancy/spotting-the-signs-of-pregnancy

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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
      R2S

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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.

      Kerry.

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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
      Kerry

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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

      Kerry

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    Kerry,
    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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        Hi,

        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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