Dog’s Vaginal / Vulva Area is Turning Black – Top 3 Reasons Why

Here are a few common reasons that may explain female dogs that have black colors appearing in their vaginal area.

1. Buildup of dirt and debris

Is it the fur along the dog’s vaginal area that is turning black? In such cases, it might just be a case of accumulating dirt. Your dog might have a habit of rubbing or scooting his butt along the floor and that’s making the vaginal hair dirty and black. It could also be stains from the dog’s poop and urine. If this happens frequently, there might need to be an investigation into the underlying health issue that’s leading to the black vaginal hair.

You should use pet cleansing wipes to get rid of the dirt in and around the fur. Using anything that isn’t designed for pet use may trigger more problems.

2. Vaginal skin is necrotic

The skin tissues around the dog’s vulva could be dying off due to a serious infection. There are many types of skin infections that could affect the dog’s vagina, including vaginitis, yeast infection, and staph infection. Please have the dog checked with the vet as soon as possible so that the underlying health problem can be properly diagnosed.

3. Chronic urinary issues

Chronic issues like urinary incontinence may lead to the darkening of the dog’s vaginal area. For example, the constant leaking of urine may cause urine burns, a painful rash that develops when the dog’s skin comes into contact with urine for a long period of time. This, in turn, may lead to dead skin tissues, especially if the urine is coming into contact with the dog’s vaginal area.

Dogs with chronic urinary issues may benefit from being given bladder health supplements. For example, cranberry-based supplements may help reduce the likelihood of the dog’s vaginal area from becoming black again by supporting normal urinary tract functions.

What to do if your dog has a black vaginal area

The presence of black or dark skin pigments around the dog’s vulva could a be a sign of a serious underlying health condition. Call the vet and have your dog go through an examination.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


  • MEV | 20/05/2023

    Vets have been useless and expect me to clean it which would be fine if anything worked. My dog HATES and gets mad when I try to use the NASTY pads Vets sell you for $50.00 dollars a pop which are useless and stink. My dog gets pissed when I try to use them. They are useless and so are the three vets I’ve been to. Today’s CA vets just want your money and could care less about my dog or they would have taken care of it when I have taken her.

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