Should spayed female dogs have a "discharge" from time to time ??

We have a female RAT TERRIER approximately 6 y.o. She was spayed as a baby before our purchase. She likes to sit on my leg when reading or watching T.V. and lick my face. I noticed years ago that sometimes she leaves a discharge on my shorts/pants with a very strong smell...

1. Wonder if this may have to do with her natural menstruation cycle, even if she does not menstruate as such ???

2. She is extremely allergic to flea bites and has medication (benadryl & esteriods) to alleviate the condition. Her discharges often coincide with those allergic periods. Could they be related rather than any menstruation cycle ???

Responses would be appreciated.

Asked by Member 997037 on Jul 15th 2010 in Allergies
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I would have her checked by a vet I have never had a spayed female to do that.

snickers answered on 7/15/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Dogs don't have a menstruation cycle. There is only a heat cycle where she can get pregnant, and that is gone since she is spayed.

My dad said once that female dogs do have a discharge that serves to "clean their body", but I don't know where he gets his information from.
Or perhaps she is urinating (by accident) just a bit? My GSD has incontinence and I know her urine leaves a pretty strong smell when she has an accident.
All in all, I'd have the vet check it out. It's probably nothing to worry about, but better safe than sorry.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 7/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


If she has a discharge and it smells then she has an infection. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have the vet do a vaginal swab to see what type of infection shows up. Her anal temp. can be taken at the same time.
Some vets when they spay they take out only the uterus. Maybe the dog has an infection of the ovaries? not sure. could be just a UTI or maybe even she acquired a sexual transmitted thing from a male before buying her.
I would take her to the vet soon...

Dieta answered on 7/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer