Vaginitis and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) in Dogs

Excess hair can lead to vaginitis and UTI’s.  When the female squats to urinate, the urine wets the hair trapping debris.  The dirt can actually wick back into the vagina leading to infection.  The resulting vaginitis or UTI is both painful and can lead to more serious complications.  If you have a female, be sure this area is free of excessive hair.  Below is a picture before I trimmed this patient up.  Note the stained hair extending from the tip of her vulva. 

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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