When Luna was a pup, we were told by our vet that she had a hooded vulva. She is 2 now, and in great health. My question is, how does one tell if a dog has a urinary infection. We see no signs of it, no excessive urinating or leaking. She does, however, pay a lot of attention to her rear area lately. Because of this hooded vulva should I be wiping and cleaning the area on a daily basis, or let her do it herself? I don't want to irritate it with rubbing or chemicals. Half the time she is attending to the area under her tail, and sometimes it's her vaginal area. She doesn't scoot her butt on the ground.
Is this just normal grooming, or should I see a vet? Thanks for any input!
Melinda and Luna
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Try wiping her vulva with a baby wipe after she pees. Has she been spayed? It's always best to let a female with an inverted/hooded vulva have a season before spaying. It tends to pop the vulva out, eliminating the hood and consequently the issues with it.
I would prolly collect some urine and run it into the vet. A dog who really starts licking themselves usually has a UTI.
♣ Laura ♣
Thanks for the info....she was spayed before she had a season at 11 months.
you can test urine PH at home with human strips from the pharmacy. But for now I would take a sample in to be sure. Than you can also put her on crancaps to prevent UTIs if she is prone to them because of her hooded vulva.
More info on crancaps, PH strips, proper way to collect urine sample, etc.
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