Does your female dog lick her private parts too much?
If this is the case and you want to know if it is a normal behavior or not, in this pet viral feed article we give you all the possible reasons why a female dog may be licking her genital area. We will also be telling you what to do in each case.
There are several causes that can lead a female dog to lick her vulva, some of which are normal, due to nature. Other reasons, however, can indicate the presence of a pathology or disease. For these latter cases, the dog usually shows other signs that one must pay attention to. If other symptoms are apparent, they must not be ignored and we suggest consulting a specialist as soon as possible. Keep reading to find out why your dog keeps licking her private area, as well as what to do in this situation.You may also be interested in: My Cat Is Bleeding From Her Private Area – Causes & Treatment
A female dog licks her private area to masturbate
A female dog or bitch usually reaches sexual maturity between six months and their first year of age. This comes with the arrival of their first heat. This time phrase will, however, depend on their: age, breed and size. From this moment onward we may begin to notice new behaviors in our dog that were not previously present, like humping stuffed animals, blankets, other dogs or intense licking of her private parts. This behavior is normal and part of canine nature, but why? The answer is simple: to masturbate and give themselves pleasure.
Like women, bitches have a clitoris inside of their vulvas , an organ whose sole function is to give pleasure. Being located inside the vagina, we rarely see it, but some dogs do show it as a round and reddish bump. If we see this, we shouldn’t worry. You should only alarmed if practically the whole clitoris of your dog is protruding through the vulva. In addition, if your dog’s vagina is swollen, irritated or presenting abnormalities: we suggest consulting a specialist as soon as possible.
Therefore, once a dog has experienced the pleasure of licking her vagina, which can be at any point in her life, it is completely normal to see her licking it often. This licking might last for a few seconds or minutes with intensity and your female dog might also emit a kind of moaning sound. However, if this action becomes habitual or compulsive, we recommend consulting a professional.
My dog won’t stop licking her private area
In relation to the previous point, if we observe a female dog licking her genital areaextensively and does it compulsively, it may be an indicator of stress. When a dog is stressed, they try to release tension through behaviors that, in many cases, can be misdiagnosed. In the case of female dogs, one of the ways to relieve tension, stress or anxiety is by licking the vagina. Thus, it is essential to identify the situation which is causing stress in your dog: to both avoid and solve the problem. If not enough attention is given and the dog’s stress is not treated, this habit may end up becoming a stereotypy, in the end making it more difficult to treat.
On the other hand, another reason that may explain why your dog is licking her vagina with great intensity is a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalances in dogs can also cause the development of stress, resulting in the aforementioned consequences. This happens in bitches that have not yet been sterilized. Therefore, if you suspect that your dog may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you will have to go to the vet to evaluate the option of having surgery.
Does your female dog lick her private parts and has pus?
If your female dog licks her vagina and private area a lot and is also experiencing whitish or slightly yellowish discharge: she may be suffering a serious health problem. This problem that must be taken care of immediately! The most common diseases and conditions that present these symptoms are the following:
- Pyometra (infection of the uterus)
- Matrix infection
- Ovarian infection
- Bacterial infection
- Fungal infection
- Wounds in the vagina and/or cervix
As already mentioned before, these are not the only pathologies that can provoke the secretion of pus from the vulva. In fact, almost any infection of a bitch’s lower reproductive apparatus can present this symptom. We must however, make sure, that if we observe this behavior, we understand that the female dog is probably suffering from a canine vaginal infection. This infection needs to be diagnosed and treated by a professional.
Does she lick her private parts and her vulva looks swollen?
If we see that the vulva of the bitch is swollen, it is generally due to her estrus period. From the first phase of this stage, the dog’s vulva increases in size and we begin to see her first bleeding, which causes her to lick her genital area constantly. Thus, if you notice this behavior during her heat period, you can be sure that this is the reason for both the licking and inflammation of her vagina.
However, if your dog is not presenting typical heat symptoms , but does show symptoms of;
- increased urination
- loss of appetite
- bad mood
- inflammation of the dog’s vulva
- frequent vaginal licking
She is most likely suffering from a urinary tract infection. Symptoms such as the appearance of: vaginal tumors, cysts in the ovaries or other pathologies, can only be diagnosed by a specialist. Therefore, if you suspect that this may be the reason for your dog licking her genital area, do not hesitate to visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
My dog keeps licking her private area – What do I do?
Depending on the causes which aremaking your female dog lick her private area, treatment will differ. Thus, if it is a case of masturbation, there is no need for treatment, as it is an instinctual action for female dogs. As we said, it is something natural and physiological that does not cause any harm. However, remember, if you believe that this licking behavior is becoming compulsive, consult a professional.
If the reason your female dog licking her vagina is due to stress, you need to find out where the stress is stemming from and eradicate it. In doing so, you will notice how this licking behavior should slowly subside.
If you believe that your dog is licking her private area due to hormonal imbalances or health problems: we suggest consulting your veterinarian immediately. A veterinarian will be able to determine the exact cause and the best treatment for this problem.
This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.