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How to treat black bacteria around outside of vulva

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How to treat black bacteria around outside of vulva?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andi replied 7 years ago.

This sounds like Sally might have a yeast infection around her vulva, which is fairly common especially if the vulva has extra tissue on it.

The chlorhexidine pads are great for bacterial infections, but if she also has a yeast component then Malacetic or Malaseb pledglets would be better. If you can't find those, you can try to use diluted vinegar water to clean her (1/4 cup white vinegar to 3/4 cup water). I would clean her 2-3 x a day.

If the problem is still present after a couple of days with the new cleaner, then I would take her to your vet for an exam. Your vet can also do an impression smear of the tissue around Sally's vulva to see if there are bacteria, yeast or both and then prescribe the appropriate medication. Also, I have known some female dogs who get dark staining of the skin and hair secondary to them licking back there a lot. If she's licking, she might have crystals in her urine; your vet can rule this out by testing her urine, if needed.

I hope this helps and that's Sally's infection clears up soon!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Where can I get Malacetic or Malaseb pledglets?
Expert:  Dr. Andi replied 7 years ago.
These are available from your vet. I don't think PetSmart, etc sells these, but they might have a similar product (just look for one that treats both bacterial and yeast infections).
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