Originally Posted By: BlackGSDI too would find another vet.
My vet never said anything like "it will go away when she is in heat or spayed".
If he HAD, I would have been shoping for a new vet!.
I disagree and think that the vet gave sound advice for the problem presented.
Antibiotics are not to be taken lightly and vaginitis is not an infection and doesn't need to be treated with anything other than time. I would be very happy with my vet for not trying to solve the problem with medications.
"Puppy vaginitis is a sticky, cloudy, white or yellowish vaginal discharge. Puppy vaginitis usually occurs in puppies that are six weeks to about 8 months of age. Episodes can occur intermittently, and can last for weeks to months.
While other causes (a bladder infection or an anatomical abnormality) of vaginal discharge in puppies call for medical treatment,basic puppy vaginitis is more an annoyance than a medical concern.
The important thing is to differentiate between puppy vaginitis and a more serious problem.
Treatment of puppy vaginitis is mainly time and patience.
You can remove globs of discharge with a wet baby wipe to keep the vulvar area clean. Douching, antibiotics, or a lot of diagnostics are not appropriate for a puppy that has no symptoms other than discharge. Puppy vaginitis usually goes away on its own, once the dog reaches puberty.
Your veterinarian will advise what is best in your puppy’s case."
Vaginitis is normally in puppy bitches from 4 - 10+ months of age (until their first season) and although it is often treated as an infection, which it is not,
it is simply a condition caused by the normal sloughing off of cells and part of hormonal and developmental changes. I will not use any antibiotics internally for this problem - this is only a temporary condition and will pass as she matures.
Here is part of a discussion with Dr. Hutchinson, one of the top reproduction specialist in this country. He is the Veterinarian we use for all our breedings.
Dr. Hutchinson -what is the treatment for puppy vaginitis & does it lead to problems later in breeding
DrHutch: Puppy vaginitis is a NORMAL mucous production in young bitches before their first heat cycle, the total treatment is warm water on a cotton ball and wipe these bitches DO NOT need to be on antibiotics
it does NOT lead to infertility and it does NOT make them prone to pyometritis it is not an infection at all usually it's worse when the humidity is high. "
Some do suggest waiting until after heat to spay if the dog has vaginitis, http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/ins-outs.html