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Vaginal Diseases in Dogs and Cats (Vaginitis, Leucorrhea)

Vaginal Disease

Herbal remedies to help address vaginal disease in dogs and cats.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. It can occur at any age or in any breed but affects dogs more commonly than cats. Vaginitis may occur due to feces or urine contamination, abscess or injury to the vagina. 

Other causes of vaginal disease include:

Bacterial infection

Viral infection

Neoplasia

Upper genital tract infection

Trauma

Congenital abnormalities

Prepubertal vaginitis.

Urinary tract infections (viral or bacterial)

Vaginal tumors

Zinc poisoning

Problems with urinating

Symptoms of vaginitis:

Discharge from the vulva

Male attraction (due to vaginal discharge)

Rubbing or dragging the anal area 

Frequent urination (polyuria)

Frequent licking of the vagina (due irritation caused by inflammation)

Vaginal prolapse is the protrusion of swollen vaginal tissue through the vulva, the external female genital organ, during the heat cycle. When vaginal prolapse occurs, the vagina tissue is swollen like a donut shaped mass. 

Young, large breed female dogs are more predisposed to vaginal prolapse, particularly if not spayed.

Common causes include estrogen stimulation, vaginal hyperplasia, genetics, straining to urinate, difficult labor or anorectal obstructions. 

Leukorrhea is a thick, whitish vaginal discharge from an inflamed vagina. If an odor is present, consult your vet. 

Causes of luekorrhea include infection, malignancy, hormonal changes and pregnancy. Female puppies and kittens may have leukorrhea for a short time after birth if they are exposed while in the womb. 

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments are used to help treat bacterial infections, to soothe inflamed and irritated skin, to promote a healthy immune system, to cleanse the blood and remove toxins, to cleanse and heal cuts, scrapes and irritations of all kinds, to help reduce the risk of infection and to treat the presence of all types of skin eruptions and bacterial infections.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Conventional Remedies:

After completing a complete medical history of your animal, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam, including a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, a urinalysis, and an electrolyte panel.

Other tests will likely include a vaginal culture, endoscopic examination of the vagina and culture of the vaginal discharge.

Although the results of these tests may be normal, there are exceptions. In some cats, the urinalysis may indicate inflammation, while biochemical testing may indicate abnormally high hormones, a sign of uterine inflammation or pregnancy.

To rule out neoplasia, foreign bodies, and/or constriction of reproductive tubes, your veterinarian may recommend abdominal X-rays. Ultrasounds may also be used in diagnosing vaginal masses.

 

 

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