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Hello. I have a husky collie mix dog. She has just recently

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Hello. I have a husky collie mix dog. She has just recently started licking herself today. She is showing signs of dribbling, and the discharge has an odour to it. She is fixed and it kinda has that same odour to her as she would if she was in heat. I got her fixed when she was approximately 7 months old.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 months ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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The first thing to determine is if she is having a discharge from the vulva or if it is from the urethra. However, if she is dribbling urine, it could very well be from the urethra indicating a urinary tract infection. Blotting the area can help you determine where the discharge is coming from.
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Let me go over the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are frequent urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine (possible cause for her to smell like she is in heat), squatting frequently to urinate, strong odor to the urine, inappropriate urination and straining to urinate as well as an increase in fluid intake. A dog with a UTI does not always show all the symptoms and typically displays 2 or 3. I believe you need to have your Vet check your dog out so she can get medication for the problem since your dog is displaying 2 or more of the above symptoms.. Based on just your post, it does sound like a UTI.
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While it does sound like a UTI, I do what to go over reasons for a discharge from the vulva. If from the vulva, this could be vaginitis or a skin dermatitis of the fold of the vulva. Usually with vaginitis there is a discharge. You can read about vaginitis here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1629&articleid=929

If this is a skin fold dermatitis, you can see a build up that may look like a discharge especially in the folds of the area. You will want to keep the area clean and dry if this is the cause. Benzoyl Peroxide wipes are also effective for cleaning the folds as well and to keep bacteria in the area down. You should apply miconazole cream to help clear the dermatitis if it is yeast type dermatitis. You may also want to have your vet prescribe an antibiotic to help clear this infection up. Once the infection itself is cleared, keeping the area dry and free of bacteria with the wipes should help keep it cleared. You can read about skin fold dermatitis here:

http://www.recoverysa.com/dermatitis_pro.htm

http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/SmallAnimalTopics/VulvarFoldDermatitis/

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If your girl is overweight, getting your dog's weight down will also help as being overweight does contribute to the amount of skin folds in the area.

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Until you can have her tested by your vet (urinalyses), be sure she has clean fresh water at all times and access to an area where she can urinate. If she becomes unable to urinate, then it would be considered an emergency and she would need to be seen immediately.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I kind of already read about that. It just seems like she will not stop licking, would an anti-inflammatory help her get better?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 months ago.

Morgan,

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Most people do have an idea of what a urinary tract infection is like even though you did not indicate that you thought it might be a urinary tract infection. . In this case, it is the likely cause. An anti-inflammatory will not take care of a urinary tract infection. Your vet will need to run a urinalysis to determine if it is infection or perhaps stones before deciding on a treatment plan. Antibiotics will likely be prescribed and a special diet may be recommended if stones are involved. This really isn't something that should be treated at home. You might use a nobite collar or e-collar to stop licking.
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I can give you some sites that go over some of the common treatments for UTI's.

http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?CID=WSAVA2003&PID=6538&O=Generic

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THis site discusses holistic approaches to treatment.

http://beingstray.com/dogs/home-remedies-for-dogs-urinary-tract-infection/

You should have your dog seen by a Vet for any UTI and should not administer any prescription medication without notifying your vet first. I hope you will reconsider the poor rating.

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