Species affected: Dogs
Background: A nuisance infection of the young dog. The most common probable cause is poor hygiene related to the mother's inattentiveness in cleaning the puppies or a contaminated nest box area.
Symptoms: May include excess licking of the vulva, irritation, painful urination, purulent discharge and possible swelling of the vulva.
Diagnostics: Physical exam.
Special Notes: Puppies born to mothers with a weakened immune system and health status are more prone, as are dogs on a poor diet, heavily parasitized or those exposed to pesticides, chemicals, toxins or other environmental hazards.
Principles for Supplementation: Immune support may help the healing process.