By the time a genital discharge appears, the underlying infection is probably well-advanced and needs quick treatment. "These infections can be life-threatening, so get your pet to the vet as soon as possible," says Dr. Daniel. In males, it is a good idea to apply an ice pack to the penis until you can get him to the vet. This will help reduce swelling that can be caused by a prostate infection.

Even though you can't treat internal infections at home, they are often easy to prevent. Having your pet neutered will guard against almost all the problems that can cause a genital discharge in males as well as females, says Dr. Daniel.

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