A recessed vulva (or “inverted vulva”) is a common condition in puppies where the vulva is surrounded by skin folds and is only partially visible. What care is recommended for a recessed vulva? Urine and debris can collect in the skin folds around a recessed vulva, so cleaning around the vulva may be needed.
How serious is a recessed vulva in dogs?
The fact of a recessed vulva, in and of itself, would not be a serious issue. However, local skin infections are extremely common among these patients. Vaginitis, urinary tract infections, and even urinary incontinence are also commonly reported in these cases.
Will my dog’s vulva go back to normal?
An unspayed female dog’s vulva will become swollen as a part of her normal heat cycle, but it should return to its “normal” size after the heat is done (anywhere between 2-21 days is considered normal).
What does a recessed vulva look like?
A recessed vulva can be diagnosed by your veterinarian on a physical examination. In a dog with a recessed vulva, the vulva cannot be seen because it is covered by overlaying skin folds. Closer examination may reveal accumulated moisture and debris within the skin folds surrounding the vulva.
How do you clean a recessed vulva?
The Wipe and Treat Method
- Vinegar and water. Mix half and half vinegar and warm water in a small bowl.
- Soft cloth. Once the water and vinegar are mixed, soak a washcloth or soft cloth in the mixture, absorbing what you can into the cloth.
- Wipe. Gently wipe the vulva from front to back.
What causes recessed vulva in dogs?
Causes of Hypoplastic (Recessed) Vulva in Dogs
Genetics can play a role in dogs with hypoplastic vulvas. Breeds more prone to allergic skin diseases or inflammatory skin diseases are at a higher risk of suffering from severe skin infections associated with hypoplastic vulva.
How do you treat a recessed vulva in dogs?
Episioplasty (aka “vulvoplasty”) is a surgical procedure designed to correct the defect. This relatively simple procedure, in which skin from between the anus and vulva is resected, is considered the treatment of choice for dogs with these excessive perivulvar skin folds.
What surgery would be performed to treat a recessed vulva?
Vulvoplasty, also known as episioplasty, is a surgical procedure that your veterinarian may recommend to correct a conformational (structural formation) issue known as a recessed vulva. Dogs with a recessed vulva have skin folds that hang over the vulva.
What is the black stuff around my dog’s vulva?
The dark spots on Chloe’s skin may be what are called comedones, which are essentially clogged pores. These are very common in the inguinal and genital area. They are clinically insignificant and should not cause any problems. I hope this is helpful!
Why does my puppy keep licking her private area?
In the dog world, a moderate degree of licking is part of normal grooming behavior. For example, a male or female dog may lick the genital area after urinating as a means of cleaning the area. When this is the case, licking is only related to elimination and is not persistent.
How long does it take for a dog’s vulva to shrink?
The female is either pregnant or her hormone levels slowly reset themselves back to a resting level. Typically for a non-pregnant female the discharge occurs for another 7 to 14 days, then the vulva slowly shrinks down to normal size.
How much does a Vulvoplasty cost for a dog?
Urinary Tract Infections
In these cases, surgery to remodel the vulva to eliminate folds where bacteria can proliferate is recommended. This surgery is termed episioplasty or vulvoplasty and can cost $1500. -$3000.
Can a dog get pregnant with a recessed vulva?
Yes, they can breed naturally and birth naturally. Up until the first heat, I would watch for a UTI and use cranberry if there are problems, and wipe them after they pee. I just kept one with an inverted vulva so that shows how much it bothers me.
Do you wipe your dog after peeing?
Your puppy will do much of his or her cleaning on their own. Excessive licking could signify an issue or irritation. Dried urine or dried poop on the skin or in the fur could cause matting and skin irritation. Keeping your puppy’s privates clean can help keep this area free of irritation and dry, itchy skin.
How do you know if a dog’s vulva is swollen?
Symptoms of Vaginal Inflammation in Dogs
- Discharge may be whitish yellow and contain blood.
- Your pet may lick the vulvar area consistently.
- Urination may be frequent.
- It could be obvious that your dog is experiencing pain or difficulty when urinating.
- The vulva might be red and swollen.