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Vaginal discharge

Species: Dog
Breed: chihuahua
Age: 11-15 years
Cheechee has a tan, snot looking sticky discharge coming from her urethra. Is this a UTI?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I have a few questions for you before typing in a complete answer:

  • Is Cheechee spayed?

  • Is she acting normally or is she more tired than usual?

  • Is she having any problems trying to urinate?



Thanks!

Dr. Marie



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Customer reply:

No, she also has a lump in her breast. She has an enlarged heart and did have fluid on her lungs. I am giving her Enalapril and Furosemide to get her in shape for the surgery next month. Shes not eating as much and she is a little lethargic. The Lasix does make her urinate, so she has no problem urinating.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Oh dear...it sounds like poor Cheechee is going through a lot.

The most common reason for a tan sticky discharge from an unspayed female is an infection in the uterus called a pyometra. Unfortunately this is a really serious problem. It almost always needs to be treated by surgery to remove the uterus.

Some dogs with pyometra will have a mild discharge and not be terribly sick. However, with some dogs, they can have very serious infection and the infection can produce toxins that can cause extreme illness, and possibly even death. Pyometra is a condition that needs an emergency vet visit to determine if she needs an emergency surgery today.

There are other things that can cause a discharge from this area, but they are much less common. One thing is a vaginal infection. This is nowhere near as serious as a uterine infection and can usually be treated with antibiotics. Another would be a tumor in the reproductive tract. However, this doesn't usually produce much discharge.

I'm sorry for the bad news, but it sounds like your little one should be seen by a vet today. I really hope everything is ok.

Dr. Marie.



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