Our dog was a few months ago diagnosed with vaginitis at the age of six months. right after we got her Since then it seemed she had recovered and she had even gotten spayed. But she has recently increased activity in rubbing herself on the carpet and even outside on the concrete, and her vaginal area seems injured from rubbing, and dirty. I fear she is in discomfort yet it seems like this is the way I have always known her (as my first dog) so I am not sure if it is worth seeing our vet or not. I can give better detail if needed.
I definitely recommend that you take your dog to see your vet asap. So-called puppy vaginitis isn't uncommon and, if that's all that's going on medication to both deal with the infection and stop the discomfort should do the trick. There are two other possibilities that also merit consideration. One is that she has a deep-set vulva that is serving as a chronic source of irriation. Sometimes this occurs because the dog doesn't keep the skin fold around it clean and the debris irriates the area. Other times, the dog does keep the area clean, but because the vulva is deep set, the moisture from her licking coupled with the warmth and darkness in the folds around the vulva are a good place for bacteria to grow and this is what causes the irritation. In that case, you start out with an irriation causing discomfort on the outside that the dog tries to sooth by rubbing. But the rubbing may then cause a vaginitis.
The third possibility is that your dog is masturbating which is not as uncommon a stress-relieving response in dogs, including spayed ones, as you might imagine. These have a way of evolving into downward spirals in that the dog originally rubs for behavioral reasons, but if the owners react to the behavior that can reinforce it. Even if the owners don't, the dog can get a secondary vaginitis that gives her physical as well as behavioral reason to rub.
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