Female dogs may occasionally have a discharge during their heat cycle or postpartum (after giving birth). In these cases, discharge is common in female dogs. However, there are other reasons a female dog may develop a discharge.
We’ve put together some information about female dogs and discharge, including whether this is a problem for the vet or not. Let’s get started!
Female Dogs & Discharge
Female dogs can develop different types of discharge from their vaginal area. It’s essential to pay attention to the color, odor, and consistency of the discharge. In some cases, the vet will need to treat your dog, depending on the cause for the discharge.
Bloody discharge: may be thick and bloody. This can be caused by a condition called pyometra. However, it’s also possible that your dog could be in heat or may have just given birth.
Green discharge: can occur when your female dog gives birth. It may be an indication that the placenta has become detached, and a puppy will be born shortly. However, if not, green discharge may mean your dog has an infection.
Pink discharge: is normally seen during the first part of your dog’s heat cycle. The color is pink but can vary between light and dark pink. It’s also possible there may be yellow in this type of discharge.
White discharge: is usually caused by an infection, which needs to be treated by the vet.
Transparent discharge: is usually clear and is part of normal vaginal secretions.
When to Call the Vet
Any type of abnormal vaginal discharge means it’s time to call the vet. It could be she has an infection, has been injured, and more. Abnormal discharge may be green, yellow, or white. The discharge may also have an unpleasant odor.
However, if you notice a bloody discharge and your female dog is pregnant, it’s time to call the vet right away.
In addition to abnormal discharge, you may notice these symptoms:
- Bloody, cloud urine
- Difficulty holding urine (may have potty accidents)
- Excessive urination
- Behavioral changes
- Lack of appetite
If your female dog has abnormal discharge or discharge that’s accompanied by these symptoms (or others that are concerning), it’s time to call the vet.
An untreated medical condition can lead to a more serious condition. So, if you notice any colored discharge or other worrisome symptoms, call the vet right away.
The prognosis is best for female dogs that have abnormal discharge treated as soon as possible!