Dogs don’t often feel embarrassed about showing off their private parts, so it should come as no shock that they might do it to show off. Unfortunately, this behavior could also be indicative of an underlying health issue that should never be overlooked.

Crotch Licking Is a Common Canine Behavior
Crotch licking is an instinctive, natural behavior dogs engage in as part of their self-grooming ritual. It’s perfectly acceptable for dogs to groom their crotch when they feel uncomfortable or need a good, satisfying lick.

If your dog seems to be licking her crotch or vagina more frequently or exhibits other symptoms of concern, it’s time for a vet visit. There can be many reasons why your pup might be doing this, so make an appointment as soon as you notice any indications of trouble.

A Change in Vulva Color or Discharge
The vulva of a female dog should appear pink and smooth without any dark staining. Any changes in color or discharge should be investigated by your vet to rule out any medical conditions.

Pus, Mucus, and Blood From the Vulva
Pus, mucus, and blood from the vulva are signs of infection or inflammation in a dog. While this symptom is most often observed during female dogs’ heat cycles, it can happen to any dog at any time.

Infections of the vulva can be caused by microorganisms like bacteria or yeast. This infection may manifest as a red, swollen vaginal discharge that may prompt your pup to lick its vulva.

Yeast Infections in the Vulva
Yeast infections of the vulva are a common health issue that can have serious repercussions for your pup’s well-being. They cause itchy, inflamed skin and irritation around the vagina. Topical and oral treatments are available to help clear up this infection.

If your dog has a yeast infection, try wiping down the affected area with apple cider vinegar and water every day to reduce itching and inhibit yeast growth. Additionally, adding yogurt or kefir to her diet may also be beneficial.

An Impacted Anal Gland
The sensitive anal glands at the base of your dog’s tail can become impacted when there isn’t enough fiber to stimulate bowel movement. This may result in excessive licking at the base of their tail as they attempt to relieve pressure from their anal gland by licking it.

Pyometra
Pyometra is an extremely common condition that can develop in female dogs and is usually treated through an ovariohysterectomy (spay). When you observe signs of pyometra, such as increased frequency of urination or swelling around the vagina, make an appointment with your vet to have it examined.

A Yeast Infection in the Vulva
A yeast infection in the vulva can be an itchy, red, and painful health concern for your dog. Treatments may include topical medications and oral medications, as well as antibiotics to combat this infection.