Hi my 8 month old female pup was diagnosed with puppy vaginitis and the vet wants to put her on antibiotics. I asked if there are other ways to treat it but he keeps insisting antibiotics are most effective. What would you do if you were in my shoes? I have heard many stories of how antibiotics are overused.

Your vet is right -- the infection in your puppy is caused by bacteria, and the antibiotics will kill the bacteria and cure the infection. Make sure your puppy receives all the doses of the medicine you have been given. The stories you hear about antibiotics being overused are likely to be about people and animals being prescribed antibiotics for infections that are not bacterial (such as colds caused by viruses) or as preventive measures, and in these cases the medicine causes bacteria to develop resistances, and this can cause antibiotics to not work when a real bacterial infection develops and they are needed.

It is controversial. Some vets think it's not an infection but a normal pre mature condition in primarily female puppies as a result of hormonal changes. Therefore they say no antibiotics are necessary and the problem will be gone as soon as the dog grows up. You can read more about it here:


From that page:

Puppy vaginitis is a NORMAL mucous production in young bitches before their first heat cycle, the total treatment is warm water on a cotton ball and wipe these bitches DO NOT need to be on antibiotics it does NOT lead to infertility and it does NOT make them prone to pyometritis it is not an infection at all usually it's worse when the humidity is high.

If I were in your shoes, I would pass the information above to the vet to see what he has to say. Then I would try to find another vet and do the same to get more opinions. Then I would make a decision.