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My female dog has been licking her vaginal area frequently.

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My female dog has been licking her vaginal area frequently. It looks a little swollen and there is the beginnings of a rash surrounding the area. She also has been yelping here and there when the other dogs mess with her. I'm wondering if she might have a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection. Because of icy roads, I can't get her to a vet probably for the next couple days. In the interim, what sort of things might I do to help her?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.

dogdoc4u :

Hi there and welcome to Just answer!! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

dogdoc4u :

What type of shampoo do you have at home?

Customer :

I have some dog shampoo...

Customer :

I am not sure it is a medicated shampoo though...

Customer :

It is called Just Add Water...then I have Suave for myself that I use...

dogdoc4u :

Could you grab your pet shampoo + tell me the main ingredients?

Customer :

yes...hold on...

Customer :

water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium oleamido MEA sulfosuccinate, colloidal oatmeal, isostearamidopropyl...

dogdoc4u :

I would like it more if the oatmeal was higher on the list. What about ivory soap?

Customer :

morphaline lactate, fragrance, aloe vera gel,

dogdoc4u :

OK, good thank

Customer :

I don't have ivory soap...I'm trying to think what else I have that is mild...

Customer :

I have baby wipes

dogdoc4u :

Do you have any way to prevent her from licking? Her saliva will make any infection worse

Customer :

Other than just stopping her, no...not really. I don't have a cone or anything for her head...

dogdoc4u :

I think the shampoo should be ok, not ideal but we can work with it

Customer :

I also have an Aveeno oatmeal bath tablet

Customer :

not sure if that would help

dogdoc4u :

Apply the shampoo to the area once daily with ten minute contact time before rinsing. This will decrease the bacteria

dogdoc4u :

No, let's do the shampoo

Customer :

ok

dogdoc4u :

What about an old sock that you can cut the other end off and use as a body glove to prevent her from getting to the area? You can put little foot holes in it so it will cover her vulva. Again not ideal but it will keep her away from the area!

dogdoc4u :

Definitely encourage drinking is a good idea. You can make her drink more by mixing her dry food with some water to make it more like a soup

Customer :

ok...I can try something like that...

Customer :

would wet food be better than dry/

dogdoc4u :

Yes, at the moment. Or a mixture of the two

Customer :

ok...what about putting any topical ointments on the area...like desitin or something?

dogdoc4u :

No, traps in moisture which we want to avoid

Customer :

ok

dogdoc4u :

You can use some benadryl to decrease itching

Customer :

ok...like half a tablet or something?

dogdoc4u :

Do you have tablets then? How much does she weigh?

dogdoc4u :

How many mg are the tablets?

Customer :

or do you mean like a topical benadryl...

Customer :

she is probably 12 pounds

dogdoc4u :

No, oral

Customer :

not sure...let me check and see if I have any first...

dogdoc4u :

OK, great

Customer :

Ok...here's what I have in the medicine cabinet for allergies/itching...I have loratadine 10mg pills, I have a caladryl clear anti-itch lotion...but no benadryl

dogdoc4u :

None in the pet cabinet either?

Customer :

no...

Customer :

my parents might have some benadryl though...and I can walk to their house and check tomorrow...what dosage would she need if they do have some?

dogdoc4u :

You can use loratidine 10 mg 1/4 tablet orally daily, benadryl would be 12.5 mg every 6-8 hours as needed for itch...

Customer :

ok

Customer :

I live in Dallas, and our roads are all iced over...so normally, I would take her in, but I'm not even sure if the vet will be in the office...so I just want to do what I can here at home till I can take her in. Is there anything else?

dogdoc4u :

Those are the biggest things: keep her urinating frequently, minimize the itching and licking, keeping the area clean

Customer :

ok...thank you so much for the advice...there is nothing worse than seeing your dog suffer and feeling helpless ;-(

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