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Is your pet suffering from constant Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs? Have you noticed that your pet’s skin is irritated and it is constantly licking? Schedule an examination with one of our veterinarians at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray, PA. Your pet may be suffering from a UTI caused by excessive skin folds and could need an Episioplasty. If that is the case, one of our experienced veterinarians will determine the next steps to get your pet feeling better.


What is Episoplasty?

Episioplasty is a reconstructive surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin folds and tissue around the vulva. Unnecessary skin folds around the vulva can lead to an accumulation of urine and vaginal discharge where bacteria and yeast can flourish. This type of surgery is performed if antibiotics are not working to get rid of an infection. Also known as Vulvoplasty, it is a simple, long-term solution for pets suffering from complications related to extra skin folds. To determine if Episioplasty is the answer, our veterinarians will perform a complete physical exam, bloodwork, urinalysis with bacterial culture, and an ultrasound of the bladder.

Signs and Symptoms

Most animals need Episioplasty because they suffer from excessive skin folds that trap bacteria, causing your pet to be uncomfortable. Bacteria thrive in areas with a lot of moisture, body heat, and darkness. This causes them to develop dermatitis and UTIs. Keep an eye on your pet for these signs and symptoms:

  • Licking or scooting
  • Foul odor
  • Inappropriate urination
  • Persistent Urinary Tract Infections
  • Frequent or bloody urination
  • Red or irritated skin around the vulva

Take your pet to a local animal hospital if it suffers from any of these symptoms. Our veterinarians will determine the best course of action to help your pet get better.

Schedule Your Pet's Physical Exam in McMurray, PA

If your pet has suffered from persistent UTIs and problematic dermatitis that makes it itch and uncomfortable, speak to our local veterinarians about Episioplasty. Overweight pets and pets with a recessed vulva may need this type of surgery to correct the problem. Schedule your pet's next physical exam with one of our professional veterinarians at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray. Let's get your pet's health back on track. Call our team today at (724) 941-5484 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.