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What is Pyometra?

Pyometra is an infection of the uterus, the reproductive organ of a female dog. The uterus becomes filled with pus and the infection can spread systemically leading to sepsis. Pyometra occurs commonly in older intact female dogs and will begin several weeks after a heat cycle. It develops due to an increase in hormonal stimulation from the uterus combined with introduced bacteria.Pyometra can be identified by abnormal discharge from the vulva, weight loss, lethargy, and on occasion abdominal distention. Underlying causes of pyometra include urinary tract infections and poor hygiene.

Treatment for pyometra can be either medical or surgical and is dependent on the severity of the disease. Pyometra can be prevented with elective ovariohysterectomy (spay surgery), which is recommended in puppies unless the dog is intended for breeding.

Pyometra refers to a purulent (pus-filled) infection in the uterus. It occurs in older intact female dogs, but can also occur in unspayed dogs of any age. Left untreated, the infection can spread systemically and is potentially fatal.

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Symptoms of Pyometra in Dogs

The following symptoms can be seen with pyometra:

  • Pale gums
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive water consumption
  • Excessive urination
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Serous vaginal discharge, usually containing blood and pus
  • Abdominal distension

Pyometra should always be considered in older intact female dogs, even if only one or two of the above clinical signs are exhibited.

Types

There are two types of pyometra - open and closed.

  • Open pyometra is named for the condition in which the cervix stays open and the infection drains out from the uterus through the vagina. A classic sign of open pyometra is purulent discharge from the vulva.
  • In closed pyometra, the cervix is sealed and the infection is trapped in the uterus. Closed pyometra will progress quicker and is more severe because the infectious discharge accumulates within the uterus with no escape.

Causes of Pyometra in Dogs

Pyometra develops through the assistance of hormonal stimulation from progesterone and oestrogen in the uterus. Progesterone and oestrogen are hormones that are naturally produced in the ovaries lining the uterus. If bacteria is introduced into the uterus at a certain time during the hormonal cycle, the hormonal action will facilitate the spread of bacteria leading to an infection.

Factors that contribute to the development of pyometra include:

  • Injections of oestrogen (for prevention of pregnancy following mating)
  • Administration of progesterone to delay oestrus
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Poor hygiene and faecal contamination into the vagina
  • Postpartum metritis (inflammation of the uterine wall after giving birth)

Diagnosis of Pyometra in Dogs

Pyometra is suspected upon presentation of the above clinical signs as well as signalment. It has common incidence in older, unspayed female dogs, but will be suspected in unspayed females of any age. Several diagnostic tests may be performed including palpation, vaginal cytology, evaluation of blood parameters, urinalysis, radiography, and ultrasonography.

Palpation (feeling for an enlarged uterus) is more useful in closed pyometra where uterine enlargement and distension are prevalent. Vaginal cytology is helpful in open pyometra as it evaluates the contents of the vaginal discharge. Cytology is performed by taking a sample of the discharge and examining the components under a microscope. The veterinarian will look for abnormalities such as the presence of bacteria and a high white blood cell count.

While the pyometra infection begins in the uterus, it will eventually spread systemically leading to septicaemia (blood poisoning). Therefore, blood tests and urinalysis are performed to help determine the severity of the infection. Certain blood value abnormalities are characteristic of pyometra.

Radiography is more useful in the case of closed pyometra as the enlarged fluid filled uterus can be visualised on x-rays. Ultrasound can definitively diagnose the fluid filled uterus of closed pyometra as well as reveal increased thickness in the uterine wall that is seen in cases of open pyometra.

Treatment of Pyometra in Dogs

The most effective treatment for pyometra is surgical removal of the uterus (ovariohysterectomy). Medical management can be considered in less severe cases of open pyometra if the owner wants to use the dog for breeding.

Surgical treatment is always indicated in cases of closed pyometra, especially if the infection has spread systemically. It is also indicated in older dogs that are not intended for breeding. Ovariohysterectomy is performed as soon as possible when the dog is in a stable condition. There is an increased anaesthetic risk in elderly or compromised patients. Recovery is relatively quick and the dog is usually sent home with medications for inflammation and pain, as well as a course of antibiotics to counteract the spread of infection.

Medical management is indicated in cases of open pyometra that are less critical, as well as if the dog is younger and has particularly valuable genetics for breeding. Medical management involves injections of hormone prostaglandins, concurrent antibiotics, and fluid therapy. Depending on the preferred protocol, the prostaglandin injections are given for 3 - 7 days and the antibiotics for at least 2 weeks. Side effects that may be seen include excessive panting, diarrhoea, and vomiting. Dogs will need a recheck following completion of treatment.

Recovery of Pyometra in Dogs

There is a high risk of reoccurrence after medical management of pyometra. In some cases, this risk can be decreased by mating the dog in the next oestrus cycle following treatment. If pyometra reoccurs or if the patient does not initially respond to medical management, surgical removal of the uterus will be required. Once breeding goals have been met, dogs should be spayed to prevent reoccurrence of pyometra.

With ovariohysterectomy surgery, the uterus is completely removed so once the patient is fully recovered, there is no risk of reoccurrence. Oral antibiotics are usually prescribed for 1-2 weeks following surgery. Dogs will require a post-operative check approximately 14 days after surgery to check for adequate recovery and healing of the wound site. Exercise should be limited in this period immediately following surgery to allow for optimal healing.

Cost of Pyometra in Dogs

Treatment cost will depend on the severity of the infection and whether medical management or surgical treatment is necessary.

Medical management with prostaglandin injections will cost between $200 - $500 depending on the amount required and duration of treatment. Antibiotics will cost approximately $60 - $150 for a two-week course. If intravenous fluid therapy is deemed necessary by the veterinarian, this will be an additional $150 - $300. In some cases, subcutaneous (under the skin) fluid therapy will be sufficient, which is usually around $60 - $90.

Surgical removal of the uterus is a more intensive treatment and thus incurs a higher cost. An ovariohysterectomy including all surgical and anaesthetic fees will be around $1200 - $2800. The cost in a pyometra spay (compared with an elective spay in a healthy animal) is higher due to the presence of infection and increased risk.

Pyometra Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Queeny
German Shepherd
13 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

discharge,excessivedrinking of water

Pyometra

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pyometra is a common problem in older intact female dogs. Symptoms usually present with excessive drinking and urination, lethargy, fever and in some cases vaginal discharge. Other causes of excessive drinking and urination are dietary problems, hormonal conditions, cancer and poisoning. With the discharge and excessive drinking of water, pyometra is the most likely cause; please visit your Veterinarian immediately to being treatment and if suitable removal of the uterus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miss Ginger
Pomeranian poodle
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

going into heat

Hi thank you for your advise Ginger was not in heat when the viscous female pit bull dog from next door attacked her. I never let her out of my sight not even for a minute and even if we are walking and a bigger dog is going by even on a leash I pick her up and hide her. I just wanted to make sure that the piece of ovary that might have been left behind and causing her to go into heat would not hurt her if I don't have it removed. I have had her checked by a vet a few times since her attack and they said she was doing well. I don't want her to go through anymore surgery's if she doesn't have too. Thank you Suzanne

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your response - I'm glad to hear that you are taking such good care of Miss Ginger! If there is a little piece of retained ovary, it should not cause her any harm. Since she was spayed a little later in life, her chances of developing mammary tumors are about the same, so you should keep an eye out for any bumps in her mammary chain. The only thing that I think might be strange is that is has been 2 years since her spay and this is the first time that you have noticed any discharge. That may just be the way her little body is working, but it would be a good idea to make sure that she doesn't have any urinary problems before assuming that it was a heat cycle. It does sound like a heat cycle, but just to be safe it would be wise. I hope that everything continues to go well for her!

I truly thank you Dr. King for all your expert help and want you to know how much it is appreciated Thank you again and have a great day.

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Miss Ginger
Pomeranian/ poodle
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

just a few drops of blood

Hi you have just given me some answers about Miss Ginger and thank you If by chance a piece of the ovary was left behind and she is going into a heat will it hurt her to do so I had notice in the spring her vulva enlarged and a little bit of blood then I thought she had gone into heat for this male dog wouldn't leave her alone even when she was sitting on my lap. can her going into heat cause some major problems for her now or later in life. For a year after her surgery from the pyometra a big dog jumped my fence and broke 3 ribs and punctured her lungs pulled her eye out she was a mess. I went through 3 vets that day and found a emergency clinic the 404 in New Market Ontario saved her life. She is a strong little dog but I don't want her to have anymore surgery at her age now. Not sure what to do at this stage of her life and if she is going into heat because of this what should I do. Thank you Suzanne Thompson

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your reponse. Poor Miss Ginger! I think it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to see if she does seem to be going into a heat or not, whether it might be from a retained ovarian remnant. if she does have a remnant, it isn't life threatening to her, but it seems that she has been exposed to larger dogs when she might be showing signs of heat, and it they try to breed with her, she cannot get pregnant if she has been spayed, but they could hurt her while trying. If she does have a remnant, it might be best to surgically take care of the situation so that her life is less complicated.

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Miss Ginger
Pomeranian poodle
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

a few drops of blood from her vulva

My Pom-Poo little dog 7 pounds Had Pyometra in 2015 cost 3600.00 canadian for the surgery I had taken her to a groomers today and they told me that she has gone into heat and was bleeding a little few drops from her vulva. There seems to be no sign of infection or discomfort to touch the area and no fever she seem healthy and energetic can a dog go into heat after a spay from 2 years ago. Thank you Suzanne

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. A spayed dog cannot go into heat, typically. She may have a bladder infection or inflammation that needs to be treated. It is remotely possible that a small piece of the ovary was retained during the surgery, in which case you might see signs of a heat cycle, but it would be unusual for it to happen 2 years later. She should be seen by her veterinarian to examine her, analyze her urine if necessary, and get her any medication that she might need. I hope that she is okay!

Thank you for your advise and I will look into it.

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Kissie
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge

My dog had surgery for Open Pyometra yesterday. The doctor said she was amazed during surgery of how much pus was draining out of her. She did say everything went well. My question is.....there is still discharge coming out. Is this normal?????

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm glad that Kissie had her surgery and is doing well! It isn't abnormal for her to have mild discharge for a few days after the surgery. As long as she seems comfortable, and is eating and drinking normally, you should be okay to monitor her, and the discharge should decrease. If she isn't on antibiotics, you may want to call your veteinarian and ask if she might need a prescription. I hope that she recovers well!

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Chloe
Chihuahua
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Vaginal Discharge
sudden weight loss

My 6 y/o dog Chloe was diagnose Pyometra . Yeah we all know that the best treatment for Pyometra is the Ovariohysterectomy, but the vet doctor said to us that to finish her antibiotic for 21 days and after that, this is the time to sched an operation to Chloe. My question is, is it Ok to wait for 21 days to have an operation to Chloe, which the Pyometra can lead to Sepsis and does cause to have more complication and death? Thank You.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Chloe. Sometimes, if the pyometra is mild, and open and draining, it might be okay to wait 21 days and schedule a surgery. More often than not, pyometra is an emergency surgery and needs to be performed as soon as possible to avoid the complications that you mentioned. I can't say for sure without examining her if she is stable to wait 3 weeks for her surgery, but there is never anything wrong with seeking a second opinion from another veterinarian as to whether she should wait 3 weeks or have the surgery today. I hope that she does well.

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Liza
Golden reactiva
15 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog only 14 month old golden reactiva female. She have a pyometra recently.. My dog give In birth possible by medical treatment.. Best option please tell.me sir

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The best course of treatment for pyometra is to have a complete ovariohysterectomy (spay) as recurrence is high; if you have treated medically and are wanting to breed with her, this is your decision however I generally recommend against it. You should speak with your Veterinarian to check breeding soundness and if she is in a fit state to be bred. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sox
Cairn Terrier
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 14 year old terrier has been receiving vet treatment for pyrometrea for three months, the vets only advice was to keep giving her injections and antibiotics, on Saturday we asked him to give us a decision as to whether we should put her to sleep he said it was our decision, we didn't want to see her suffer and the vet said he couldnt say how long the treatment would go on for. In a split second we had to decide so we had her put to sleep and I deeply regret it. I think the vet should have done more or advised us more as otherwise she was healthy. What would you have done

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on your loss. There are two main scenarios with pyometra which is dependent on whether Sox was spayed or not; plus there is the matter of her age and risk for surgery. If Sox wasn’t spayed, usually a blood test would be done to determine the health of the liver and the kidneys then surgery may be carried out to remove the uterus and ovaries; surgery is treatment of choice for pyometra (especially if you’re not planning on breeding). If Sox was spayed, then she could have had a uterine stump pyometra which is where some uterine (and ovarian) tissue is remaining after a spay and pyometra can occur; again surgery is treatment of choice. The main challenges are keeping a patient stable and responsive for treatment; it is possible that Sox wasn’t a suitable candidate for surgery due to liver, kidney or other health problems. There are numerous factors which go into a decision to recommend euthanasia, I cannot say for one hundred percent since I didn’t examine Sox or see any test results, but it was probably the correct choice given her age and diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My female just underwent surgery for an open pyometra. You MUST have your dog spayed NOW... it is the ONLY treatment. She might die from the surgery but she will absolutely die without it. At least the surgery gives her a chance of survival. If your vet won't spay her NOW, then immediately take her somewhere else!!! Best of luck to her and you.

My pomarian dog is suffering from open pyometra,,,,the age of the dog is 9 but now she is very very critical condition,, loss of weight,, dehydrated,, diarrhoea,, now the dog is great weaknes, vagina and below the perinial region is swllen... the vetnarian said the dog is too much of weakness so we can't able to spayed... then amoxicillin clav antiboitic will be given in one week.. but dog is very weak. When discharge will occur the dog the dog feeling comfortable... now antibiotics not given pls help my dog what we ill do???

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Titi
Chihuahua
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drinks a lot of water
Has a strange smell coming from her
Seems very tired
Doesn’t want to eat
Pees a lotdoesnt want to eat
Pees a lot

I am worried about her going to the vet and then telling me that she has to get surgery because I know it is risky at her age and I want to know will antibiotics that the vets give me be strong enough to heal her completely. Also is there anything else that I need to know if there is please let me know.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Titi has pyometra, an ovariohysterectomy is the treatment of choice as antibiotics may not fully treat the condition and there is a high recurrence rate in dogs which don’t undergo surgery. You should visit your Veterinarian immediately as the severity of the condition will increase daily without treatment; whilst I understand your concerns regarding surgery it is usually be option overall. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting drinking water and pacing
Panting
Panting drinking water and loose stool

My dog had pyrometra surgery about 3 days ago she is eating and going to the bathroom normal but she has been shaking and panting really bad. I have tried to keep her off furniture but it is impossible it makes it worse when I try to stop her. I don't want to take her to the vet unless it's necessary.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The panting and shaking is probably in response to pain, the pacing would be due to her not finding a comfortable place to rest due to pain. Did you receive some pain medication when she was discharged? If not, call your Veterinarian and discuss the panting and shaking to see if they can give you some pain killers or stronger ones; however, if Sammy seems like she is suffering too much I would return to your Veterinarian to check the surgical wound and ensure that everything is alright as there are a few complications that can occur after any surgery (infection, slow internal bleeding etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog only 14 month old golden reactiva female. She have a pyometra recently.. My dog give In birth possible by medical treatment.. Best option please tell.me sir,

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Minnie
mix maltese and shih tzu
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

brown discharge
discharge after surgery

Medication Used

antibiotic

Hi Dr,
My dog had pyometra, before her surgery her discharge was yellow and greenish color. And she just had her surgery 2 weeks ago.. but after her surgery we still saw some discharge coming out, is that leftover?? my dog she seems like normal, eat and play like normal too... is this normal to have discharge after pyometra surgery? and today 19th day surgery.. she still got small dots of discharge ( brown color ).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some discharge after pyometra surgery is normal as any discharge in the vagina and cervix will continue to leak out for some time; nineteen days is a long time and I would recommend to have her checked by her Veterinarian to ensure there isn’t anything to be concerned with. It may be a case of another course of antibiotics or a flushing of the vagina may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Candy
Cross spaniel
4years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from vagina
Fever

My dog had pyometra, got antibiotics and 2 weeks after that got surgery all went well for 3 weeks. After her stitches were removed, a week later she started bleeding from her vagina, gave her antibiotics for 7 days but still hasn't cleared up. I started her on penicillin for about 3 days now and still no improvement. She eats, drinks and plays. What could be the cause of it and what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some small bleeding after surgery is usual but after around a month there should be no further bleeding; further investigation would be needed to see where the bleeding is coming from which may include an examination with a vaginal speculum to visualise the cervix and vagina vestibule. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for the advice. Sorry for asking like this but could it be a result of neglect or another cause?

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Mocha
Shih Tzu
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting/Abnoraml Breathing
Lays around a lot now
Peeing in the house
Sluggish
Slight discharge from vagina
Red eyes with green mucus

My 6yr old shih Tzu had never been mated she got stuck with another shih Tzu but no puppies... she does not bleed so that's one problem I'm not understanding why that is.,,, just recently she started panting quite often, she has red eyes that keep accumulating green mucus, she's house broken but has been peeing in the house the last few days and also she's hesitant about coming up the stairs & want jump into the car anymore & sometimes does this cry out of no where & start limping right after & than start back walking regular shortly after.her belly looked swollen for a while but now it seem like it went down , it's not as big as it was .. she had a discharge coming from her vagina also.... so my question is could this be pyometra?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pyometra is always a risk in an intact female, especially if you are noticing vaginal discharge and an increase in urination. Being hesitant to use the stairs and crying out may be due to abdominal pain caused by an enlarged uterus. You should get Mocha checked by her Veterinarian as quickly as you can as surgery is the treatment of choice if the cause is pyometra, however if the infection is too severe she may require medical management for a few days prior to surgery to ensure a better outcome. Whilst I cannot say that the cause is pyometra, the symptoms you list are highly suggestive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DV

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Lyla
Mixed
8 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

constant licking of the vulva
thick discharge
Painful Urination

I'm concerned my dog might have Pyometra. She just went into her first head a few days ago and today started screaming when she pees. She doesn't seem to have control over it, and thick discharge comes out with the pee. I can't afford a surgery and she's special needs and will die in a shelter. A friend suggested fish antibiotics might help if i can't afford a vet trip, but i don't wanna just make her worse. The charges for the vets in my area are INSANE with a 200 dollar 'you came in the door' fee before they even examine a pet! Im not sure what to do. She doesn't seem to have any other problems. She's drinking and eating normally, is still playful and energetic, and her belly isn't swollen or painful to her. I have no clue what's going on. This is my first experience with a female dog this young and I'm freaking out!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fish antibiotics are a mainstay in the prepper world. I cannot legally advise you to treat your dog with antibiotics (fish or otherwise) without performing a physical examination first; but for reference fishmox which contains amoxicillin should be dosed at 10mg/lb, I do not recommend that you treat Lyla yourself. It is possible that Lyla has pyometra, but a diagnosis is required by a Veterinarian; I understand that consultation fees can be high, but the right diagnosis and treatment is important for a better prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I'm terrified! Today she started 'peeing' pure blood! I put her outside to pee like normal and when she squatted, just blood came pooring out of her! It had some chunks in it, and we're trying to get her to a vet but no one near us will take payment plans! They want the cost of the treatment up front and there's no way we can afford that! We're barely skidding by this month. Does Pyometra cause this or is this something much worse?

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Buttercup
Teacup Yorkie
13 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

post Pyometra surgery
Vaginal bleeding
Vomiting

My 13 yr old, 3 lb Yorkie had surgery for Pyometra on Thursday, she has a collapse trachea, so it was frightening for me to elect to have this surgery . With that said, they did the surgery, she did well, the vet said she was able to remove the uterus in tact and there was no infection spilled in the area. I continued the antibiotics for the following 3 days and her pain meds. She seems fine, however she is still bleeding from her vagina. Her incision looks great, she is eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom normally, but when I came home today, it looks like she threw up yellowish, slimy vomit that had bright red blood mixed in. It's been 6 days since her surgery , should I be concerned with the bleeding and the vomit that occurred today?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There should be no reason for Buttercup to be vomiting blood this long after surgery; I would strongly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a post surgery checkup to make sure everything is OK. It is usually a good sign that appetite has returned, but the vomiting with blood should be checked. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much. I'm not sure if the blood was present because she is licking the blood that is being discharged, but I will take her in tomorrow. She only vomited once, but that is once too many for me. :)
It is so difficult watching our precious little babies age. Thanks again, it's very kind for you to take the time to answer all the questions on this forum.

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Kulinggit
Mixed breed
11 Years
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pyometra

My 11 year old dog had surgery two days ago due to pyometra. She is still in IV fluids, Eats very little, and i noticed that there's still an enlargement (an organ but i'm not sure what) in the area where she was stitched. She's under medication now but already at home. It's holiday here and clinic willbe available by monday. I just want to know if this is normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery for pyometra would have removed the uterus and the ovaries from Kulinggit; the swelling may just be due to the inflammation from the incision and can be normal. If the incision site becomes discoloured or you notice discharge from the area, fever, lethargy or any other symptoms you may need to visit an Emergency Clinic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the help, Doc Callum. Incision site is still normal in color and she's eating well now. I hope she'll fully recover in time.

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Sherry
Indian Spitz
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge,

Hi,
My 12 year old female spitz dog (13kgs) is diagnosed with Mild pyometra (open) with cystic ovary (12mm to 33mm) and has thickened uterus than normal. Please suggest if this can be cured through medication? Can surgery be avoided or is it risky? Her CBC is done and is absolutely normal. Her liver and kidney are in best shape. She has mild congestion in lungs. She is active and normal.
Thanks for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Medical management of pyometra should be only reserved for dogs not suitable for surgery and for dogs whose owners intend to breed in the future; otherwise the treatment of choice is an ovariohysterectomy. If medical management is attempted, it may lead to recurrence which maybe more severe than the original pyometra; in a dog as old as Sherry, surgery would be the best course. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I appreciate your quick and worth having advise. I am scared to get the surgery done. I dont want to lose her. Doctor has told me that since she is overweight and old it could be risky. Please help with your precious advise.

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Isabell
Chihuahua
11 Years
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

I just had my 11 year old dogs uterus remove on emergency surgery everything seemed fine but on this 4th day my Little girl walks around on my chest and i dont know what she wants. I think she may still have pain because she will pant just a little. I also noticed she Has not pooped is that normal? The vet gave me someone else's care papers and they are only open at night.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Aftercare instructions after an ovariohysterectomy are quite simple: restrict activity for two to three weeks, ensure that Isabell remains hydrated and encourage her to eat, check the surgical wound for leakage, change of colour or signs of infection; complications post surgery are rare and may include infection of surgical site, opening of wound and peritonitis. The restlessness that Isabell is feeling is probably due to pain (which would also explain the panting), also it is possible that she may not make a bowel movement for up to five days post surgery; it is expected that there would be some discomfort post surgery, but if you believe that the pain is too much, she hasn’t passed any faeces after the fifth day or you notice any other worrying symptoms (fever, in-coordination, leakage from wound or vagina etc…) visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Treatment Cost: $2,000.00
Thank you Doctor for the very valuable advise. You where Exactly right. My little girl was in pain. The vet did say that sometimes the pain medication is not strong enough so you may have to pay for a shot. Thankfully by day 4 at about 8 p.m. when we were getting ready to take her back to the vet, isabell went poop right infront of us. She still was panting right after, but she looked way better. we took her for a car ride until she feel asleep. After we got home isabell was trying to eat, drink and roll around. I think the pain of her first bow movement was one of the major causes of her pain as well as the stitch's . She is only about 3 to 4 pounds . Isabell is like a new girl!! On day 4 I thought I would pull my hair out because I rocked her, carried her , I could not even eat but It was worth everthing because she is doing Great!! Life would not be the same without her. Thanks so much for your 5☆☆☆☆☆ advice!!!

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Bailey
Beagle
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

My 5 yr old beagle just had surgery October 20th, Thursday for closed pyometra. They obviously removed her infected uterus and she has about a 4 in incision with staples. Was sent home with pain medication and antibiotics. I did not receive any discharge instructions for her other than take medication and return in 14 days to have staples removed. She's panting and just wondering if this is normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Bailey is suffering from some pain after the surgery which may be causing her to pant. It is important that Bailey has rest, remains hydrated and is eating normally after surgery. If Bailey develops any other symptoms like fever, swelling around the incision site, discharge from the incision or vagina or any other worrying symptom contact your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 11 1/2 yr old Westie had the same exact surgery as this beagle and symptoms. No redness at incision but its been 5 days since her surgery Friday March 31 emergency b/c she was shaking and swollen. It was her uterus and two cysts on her ovaries. They spayed her but didn't find infection that was elsewhere. Now I've given her the Tramadol, the antibiotics, and nsaid prescribed. She was 18 or so lbs. Now probably 15. She eats good now. No kibble yet. But she is still distressed, whines walking around often w/her tail inward,carrying her baby rubber Dickie, also serious nesting when she sits up or curls up in hee bed. Her bowels are good now, and her pee. But she won't drink now either. I put water in syringe in her. Is this all normal, or sh/I take her to vet or the Dallas surgical center where she was to get her Checked out? She sleeps off and on and wakes me up stressed. What do I do? Doc vet said to give her time to heal. Ugh help I feel badly for my little baby Emma.

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Daisey
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Discharge

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

is it normal to still be having a small amount of vaginal discharge after Pyometra surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There shouldn’t be any discharge from the vagina after a successful ovariohysterectomy. The discharge (depending on colour) could be caused by an infection, haemorrhage, vaginal dermatitis or tumour. Visit your Veterinarian to check Daisey to determine the origin of the discharge. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiki
Chihuahua
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lactating
Vaginal Discharge
Abdominal Distension

I believe my dog is going through a false pregnancy as she is exhibiting nesting behaviors, is lactating, and has slight abdominal swelling, though I am certain that she has not bred. Today I noticed vaginal discharge, enough to wet her backside and stain her bedding. She doesn't seem affected otherwise. Her appetite is normal and she is active and happy. I haven't seen her drinking any more water than usual. However, I'm extremely worried about a possible pyometra case. I'm a college student without the funds that would be needed to treat her. Could the discharge simply be due to her false pregnancy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound more like a case of false pregnancy than pyometra at this moment from your description. Symptoms of false pregnancy usually resolve themselves after a week or so; if the discharge is foul smelling, I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost as pyometra would be a strong possibility. Keep an eye on her and if you notice any other changes, particularly fever or a foul smelling discharge visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is an intact 5yr old, her heat ended last july 13th and from then on there was no more vaginal discharge until on the 26th of july i noticed she's having small drops of discharge again until now, aside from the discharge she has no other symptoms, she's eating, urinating & drinking normally but the discharge is bothering me since this is the first tme that this happened, previously, when her heat ends, the bleeding stops & never recurs, i'm afrad that she's having early stages f pyometra with the discharge. Is this a positive sign of pyometra even if she's acting normal??? I hope you can enlighten me on this, i am bringing her to our vet tomorrow, what possible test should she undergo to check if it's pyometra since no ither symptoms are present yet?

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Isabella
Chihuahua
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Slight constipation

I have a 12 year old Female Chihuahua, the vet did xrays yesterday because she has been having a few issues with slight constipation. They found on the xray she has some fluid in her uterus. I had been planning to get her spayed. But wanted to address the constipation issue, but it seems it could be steming from this fluid in her uterus. So I told the vet I wanted to get her in ASAP to get her spayed and get this fixed. They were full up today don't do surgery on weekends... So they said they would "try" to get her in Monday. To spay her for the pyometra if the can get her in. My question is how long can she wait without it being dangerous before they do surgery? She's eating good, drinking, no fever, or vomiting, just some slight constipation. Not lethargic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Constipation may be caused by a variety of different causes, try mixing some plain canned pumpkin with her diet to loosen the faeces. Fluid in the uterus may be sterile or may be infected (pyometra); if Isabella is otherwise OK and has no fever or any other symptoms she should be fine until Monday. If you notice any fever, increased thirst or urination, abdominal pain or vaginal discharge visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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KayCee
Jack Russel / Italian greyhound
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no ovaries but still has uterus.

My 10 month old Jack Russel/ Italian Greyhound mix was spayed at 6 months old. They did not do a normal spay where the uterus and ovaries are removed. They only took her ovaries. I did not know this until after her laparoscopic procedure. Is she at a greater risk for Pyometria?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is still a risk of pyometra after a full spay called uterine stump pyometra where the remnant of the uterus may develop pyometra. Generally after the ovaries are removed, the heat cycle stops which reduces the risk of pyometra as there is no longer a hormonal source to initiate the heat cycle. Ovariectomy is becoming a more popular alternative to a full spay. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coral
Cockapoo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

fishy smell
Lathirgy

Medication Used

Cefdodoxime 100mg
Carprofen 25mg

I have a Cockapoo, 1yr old that finished her first heat two or three weeks ago. She was lethargic yesterday, so I took her to the vet. He says she has Pyometra and diagnosed her with a dip stick.
He sent us home with an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. We plan on breeding her. The next day she snaped to and seems fine, fishy smell is gone etc... Can the antibiotic really take care of it? From all I have read, that is not the case. Also, how do you think this will affect her fertility. Thanks so much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case is different; as I am sure you know, the treatment of choice is surgical ovariohysterectomy but some mild cases are treated with antibiotics (especially in breeding females). Fertility may be affected in severe infections and recurrence of pyometra is high; these issues should be brought up with your Veterinarian if you are wishing to breed her and the first pregnancy should be monitored closely. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Liberty
Jack Russell Terrier
14.5 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
acting painful
constant howling
heavy panting

Medication Used

polyflex
cerenia
Baytril

Tuesday evening she suddenly started acting painful panting constantly giving out little howls and vomited once her AM feeding. Rushed her to the vet and we did X-rays w/consult. CBC/SMA, urinalysis and quick ultrasound. X-ray consult and sonogram confirmed highly suspect for a pyo which turned out to be a closed pyo, SMA all with in normal limits, urinalysis normal no WBC. CBC had a very high WBC of 43. Temp a little elevated but within normal limit. She was given AB's (baytril and poly)put on IV. Wednesday surgery was done and upon opening her up free fliud was found in abdomen, uterus was mildly dilated with fliud not ruptured and intact, abdomen was flushed and suctioned. As of Saturday she is still on fliuds being given 1cc baytil BID, polyflex 1/2 cc BID and cerenia 1/2 cc SID. She has yet to develop an appetite I am force feeding but she is drinking. Incision looks great and urinating frequently temp normal. In crate unless carried out to urinate. question is am I missing something, are the AB's good enough, does she need another or better Antibiotics. I realize she is up there in age but until this pyo she was in great health (I did CBC/SMA every 6mths for the past 2-1/2 years with no red flags, in good weight 11 pounds and exercised daily. How much longer till the not eating becomes a serious concern. Ohh and a CBC was done Friday and the WBC where 38. She did vomit once this morning after drinking quite a bit of water and before she was given her cerenia.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Recovery after pyometra and surgery in older dogs takes longer than in younger ones; recovery times vary but most likely Liberty has stomach irritation from a loss of appetite over the course of nearly a week, also both antibiotics can cause a loss of appetite and gastrointestinal symptoms (same for many antibiotics). The best course of action at this point is to finish the course of antibiotics and to get some smooth wet food (not chunky - I find Hills and Royal Canin best) mix with a little water until it is toothpaste consistency and to slowly syringe the mixture into her mouth for her to lick up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misty
Shirazi mix
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

open pyometra
pus

I know this is not a dog but please...My female cat got her first heat at 6 months, she got pyometra 2 weeks after, by luck we saw pus coming out so it was open pyometra, seemed to be early stage as she had no other symptoms, she was in great shape, eating, drinking, playful and energetic.
We took to right away to the emergency vet, he only saw the pus coning out her vulva and made no tests whatsoever to check for anything else. He took her to surgery right away, 20 minutes later she came back to us and we took her home (surgery by inhalation), a few hours later she was fully awake, she was normal for around 1 hour and then everything started to go wrong. I poor kitten didn't eat or drink, didn't poop anymore, she was in pain, wanted to stay away from us. She would stay lying down all the time and only get up to pee.

By day 3 we went back to the vet saying something is totally wrong, he had told us if she didn't eat or anything day 1-2 is normal and if she had a bump on her tummy it was normal too. He only checked her wound, disinfected, gave another antibiotic. We took her back home and when I went to desinfect the wound her whole tummy was red and swollen (only 3h after the vet). Day 4 she went back, pus was coming out her wound, the vet kept her, he left her all night alone at the clinic no watched her over night (I learned this 2 days later when I thought their was surveillance).

Day 5 they performed emergency surgery on her cause the pus tripled, apparently her tummy was huge, swollen with pus. They did not call me, I found out she had surgery 1h later because I came to see her, it was a huge shock. They said they did 3h surgery on her to clean out all the pus (inhalation) miracle she survived through it, she was in horrible state. He told me the next 6h would be critical. I begged to stay with her and stayed at the vet with her for 9hours on the floor comforting her in the kennel, changing her sheets as she peed on herself, telling her to hold on.

She held on, came home with me at night and I stayed all night keeping watch, disinfecting her wound that before was 2cm and now was her whole tummy.

Day 6 we went back to the vet, he looked at her, gave her IV fluids, antibiotics and we picked her up at 20h. I tried to force feed her that night, she didn't complain but wouldn't eat on her own, nor would she drink, no poo since day 1.

Day 7 in the morning she started vomiting, I called the Vet, he said it was normal since her stomac has not been working, it was cause of the food I gave her. 1h later she didn't move anymore, started to pant, her temperature went down. I took her against me, held her tight and called the vet in tears as I went to the closest vet. She died in my arms, in front of the vets door, she had such pain, my poor baby, I lost her and part of me died with her. The vet tried to reanimate her but it was too late, this new vet said she probably died of toxins in her blood.

Is this really her sickness that truly killed her or is this the 1st surgery that was a catastrophy and they killed her making a mistake.

I know it is not possible to accuse, I just want to know, did I kill her in making the wrong decision, did the vet make a mistake, or is pyometra so fast to act. Part of me died with her, I am so miserable, she died too young, she suffered so much I just need to know or it will haunt me forever. Please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on your loss, I understand your frustration and the questions that you have. The treatment of choice for pyometra is surgery, but some cases are very severe and require the patient to be stabilised before surgery if they are dehydrated or generally not fit for surgery; I cannot comment on these. Surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries is usually curative, but in advanced cases the infection becomes systemic affecting the whole body which seems to have been the case. Other factors like surgical technique and cleanliness of surgery we won't get into. Having the surgery was the right choice, whether or not Misty was ready for the surgery is another matter altogether. The second Veterinarian you visited was probably right with toxemia from an infection being the cause of death. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leng lui
bulldog
010
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump beneat
Pyometra

My bull dog just post op for pyometra 6 days ago and now I found a lump beneath the wound. The wound seem nice and not infected. May I know what causes the lump?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The lump may be caused by inflammation, the knot of the suture material or if there was dehiscence of the abdominal wall sutures there may be a small hernia from the surgical site. Your Veterinarian would be able to advise you better regarding the cause of the lump. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Muffin
Chihuahua
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Diarrhea, lethargy

My dog was diagnosed with stump pyometra Monday. It's open, I assume, as she had a vaginal discharge. They sent her home on 2 antibiotics. She also had 60ml fluid (bloody) removed from around her heart last Monday. Could this be related? They did an echocardiogram and said cause for fluid was idiopathic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no known link between pyometra and pericardial effusion, there is an article regarding this in cats but it is suggestive. Infections, foreign bodies, heart disease and idiopathic causes may all cause pericardial effusion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emma Lou
West Highland White Terrier
11 1/2
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Whining sometimes
Tail tucked sometimes
Not wanting to drink water
Panting

My 11 1/2 yr old Westie had the same exact surgery as this beagle and symptoms. No redness at incision but its been 5 days since her surgery Friday March 31 emergency b/c she was shaking and swollen. It was her uterus and two cysts on her ovaries. They spayed her but didn't find infection that was elsewhere. Now I've given her the Tramadol, the antibiotics, and nsaid prescribed. She was 18 or so lbs. Now probably 15. She eats good now. No kibble yet. But she is still distressed, whines walking around often w/her tail inward,carrying her baby rubber Dickie, also serious nesting when she sits up or curls up in hee bed. Her bowels are good now, and her pee. But she won't drink now either. I put water in syringe in her. Is this all normal, or sh/I take her to vet or the Dallas surgical center where she was to get her Checked out? She sleeps off and on and wakes me up stressed. What do I do? Doc vet said to give her time to heal. Ugh help I feel badly for my little baby Emma.

Read more at: https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/pyometra#

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There can be a lot of pain or discomfort after surgery, but I would expect there to be less pain after five days. There can be many possible complications, especially in older dogs. I cannot comment fully as I haven’t examined her, but since she isn’t drinking and isn’t eating her kibble, I would suggest visiting the Veterinarian that performed the surgery as soon as possible as this isn’t a normal recovery after that surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daphne
Shihtzu and Japanese Spitz (cross breed)
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Medication Used

Juroclav

I have a 10 year old dog. She is experiencing vaginal discharge with pus and she was not spayed. She had her blood tests and the vet said she has infection. The vet gave us antibiotics her stomach is not that hard now but still has discharge. She is eating recovery food but there are times she would throw up. This happened since last week. What would you suggest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause is pyometra, then surgery is the treatment of choice as it is generally curative and there isn’t recurrence; with medical management there is always the chance of recurrence. When treating pyometra with antibiotics, it can take a few weeks for the infection to be treated; you should be seeing an improvement in symptoms as days pass. It is possible that Daphne isn’t suitable for surgery due to liver and kidney function. Your Veterinarian would be able to tell you more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tsokay
mongrel
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Discharge
Loss of Appetite
eye redness
pale tongue
pale gums
enlarge abdomen
Vomiting
Vaginal Swelling

Medication Used

Previcox tablets
iron sulfate
LC-DOX
co-amoxiclav tablets

Good day. My dog was diagnosed with open type pyometra. Her x-ray result shows an enlargement of ovary. Her platelet count is critical, her white blood cells is very high and she has anemia. I'm concerned about her recovery. How can i take care of her while she's on her medication and in what way can i do to have her platelet increase? She cannot undergo surgery with this kind of condition. Please help me cause i really dont know what to do. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In severe cases of pyometra, aggressive antibiotic therapy along with excellent nursing care (possibly including fluid therapy) is the best course of action. It can be worrying, but there is no magic treatment unfortunately, all that can be done is to fight the infection and to support Tsokay the best that you can during her recovery. Once Tsokay is stabilised removal of the uterus and ovaries would be best as recurrence is common. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elsa
Siberian Husky
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Decreased Appetite
Lethargy
Vaginal Discharge
Vomiting

Medication Used

Cephalexin

Hello. We took our dog to the vet yesterday with the listed symtoms minus the vaginal discharge, and she mentioned pyometra as the underlying cause and sent us home with cephalexin as a course of treatment. This morning I woke up and she was laying in a pool of bloody discharge. I called the vet and she recommended bringing her back. We went in and she asked if we wanted to be able to breed her. (We had considered it but, her health is more important to us.) she recommended spaying as treatment and we gave her the green light to perform the surgery. Currently, Elsa is being monitored and receiving fluids until the vet sees her "perk up" a bit. She called and said if she seems more stable in an hour she will perform the surgery tonight, and if not it would be in the morning. My concern is...is it safe to perform surgery with an infection that's this aggressive or will it spread infection? I'm worried about her not coming back home due to complications. Any advise will be helpful. Thanks. *** From the descriptions above, it's sounds like open pyometra.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pyometra is a common infection which Veterinarians deal with numerous times per week. The treatment of choice is an ovariohysterectomy where the uterus and the ovaries are removed; the surgery is relatively safe (there are always the risk of complications in any surgery) especially since the pyometra is open, meaning there isn’t high quantities of infected material under pressure in the uterus which may cause it to rupture like in some severe cases of closed pyometra. The uterus and the ovaries will be removed as one unit with the infection inside the uterus removed cleanly in one piece. The surgery itself is a regular spay, the only difference is the stabilisation of the patient prior to surgery and that the uterus will be enlarged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddy
Ori pei
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg pain

Hello. My dog recieved this surgery 5 days ago. Before the surgery she had the symptom of loss of hind leg strength. Will she eventually get that strength back? She never had an issue with it before she got sick. Thank you.

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The loss of hind leg strength may have been due to the pyometra, the infection can cause weakness and lethargy; if this is the case strength can return. If the cause of the hind leg weakness is unrelated to the pyometra, it would need to be diagnosed by your Veterinarian. Speak with your Veterinarian at Maddy’s check up regarding the hind limb weakness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yes it was related to the infection not anything else. Thank you!

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Jovial
German Shepard/corgi mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic
Frequent Urination
Discharge

Medication Used

Enrofloxacin
Codeine
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My dog Jovial was diagnosed with Stump Pyometra 2 days ago. She is 13 and her health is somewhat good for her age but I have definitely noticed her being more lethargic for a year or so.In the last 6-7 months she has lost over 10 lbs. She had a ultrasound 2 months ago and this was not seen then. The vet did see possible signs of
cancer in her liver and bladder at that time. The vet is recommending surgery to remove her uterus and ovaries. She was spayed when she was 6 months old.
The surgery sounds difficult and I am not sure if she can survive it. I have at this time opted to try medication instead of surgery. This is a very difficult decision and I'm not sure if I have made the right one. Can you give me any advise?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Age is always an important factor when determining the suitability for a patient to have surgery, medical management may be successful but has high recurrence rates; also if surgery isn’t performed and medical management is unsuccessful, surgery may not be an option further down the line. I would personally recommend to remove the stump (and ovaries if present) as long as blood tests show good overall health. Remember that there is always a risk with surgery, even in young healthy animals (and people), but this risk is considered by a Veterinarian (or Doctor) before recommending treatment or surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Shitzu pekignese
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Polyuria
Polydipsia

Medication Used

Antibiotics

My 9 year old dog Sammy has received a surgical treatment for pyometra. Unfortunately there weren't any concerning symptoms, so we didn't realize it at the beginning and we think she had pyometra for 15-20 days before the surgery. In general she's doing fine, she's eating and drinking a lot of water (like when she had pyometra) and she's in pain but it is normal. My question is: Is she stil in danger? I heard about toxemia and i'm really worried. Will antibiotics work or there's a chance that she won't make it? Her blood test one day before surgery showed high level of uria but normal creatinine and that's why i hope her kidneys will be fine and that uria will be normal again. When will we know if she's ok for sure? After the check-up 14 days after surgery? Thank you in advance Dr!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Toxaemia is always a concern with a prolonged pyometra that was left untreated; whilst there is still danger, it will generally decrease each day, the check up after two weeks with blood tests will be able to give you a clearer picture. The increased thirst is good to help the kidney get rid of any toxins in the body and will hopefully bring down the urea levels; it is now a case of wait and see. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much! I'm better now..at least i know the danger will decrease day by day. Thank all of you for your help and this site!

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Cocoa
Australian Shepherd
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia
excessive urination
Depression
Tired
Excessive Thirst

Medication Used

Previously PPA
Antibiotics

My dog has been diagnosed with open pyometra and my vet has an emergency spay scheduled for Monday(today is Friday); other than this infection she is healthy. My question is will the surgery be worth it. Yes she is healthy, but she is 13 years old and I have read Aussies tend to live 12 to 16 years. She has never had health problems before this and my vet believes she will live a few more years but at the same time as much as I love her I don't want to spend this kind of money for her just to pass from old age or obtain other possible issues. I just want to be realistic here.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ovariohysterectomy as surgical treatment for pyometra is a standard procedure that every Veterinarian is familiar with; most small animal Veterinarian will perform this surgery multiple times per week, usually for spaying. If Cocoa is otherwise healthy, there are very few complications; the pyometra is open and draining reducing the risk of rupturing and pre-anaesthetic blood tests will confirm her suitability for surgery. From a statistical point of view, Cocoa should be fine through the surgery and recovery; but remember that anaesthesia is a risk, even in young healthy animals, but the risk reward balance is in Cocoa’s favour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dolly
Pug
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lathirgy
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Antibiotics

How high risk is pyometra surgery for our little pug? From reading comments it looks fairly uncommon that a dog of dollys age would get this condition. We only got her about 5 months ago and as soon as we picked her up she went into season. So we've had to wait to be able to book her in to get her spade. We think she might have already had a litter too, as she has a little scar on her tummy which could have been from a ceasarian. Do you think this could have something to do with her condition now? We took her in to the vets today and he did blood tests. The results were all normal apart from a high white blood cell. We're waiting for an ultra sound to check to see if there's anything visible to indicate that it is pyometra.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ovariohysterectomy is the treatment of choice for pyometra and is a routine surgery that many Veterinarians can perform with their eyes closed; that being said, in cases of pyometra there is always the risk of complications, especially in cases that haven’t been seen to quickly. Although pyometra is more common in older dogs, it may occur in any dog of any age, even surprisingly in dogs that have been spayed (uterine stump pyometra). Medical treatment of pyometra is used in mild cases for breeding dogs, but spaying is preferred since it prevents the return of pyometra and also reduces the risk of other conditions like mammary tumours. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harlow
Yorkie malteses
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble stability, seizures (about every 2 hours)

Medication Used

Phenobarbital

My dog had two of her front teeth removed a week ago without anasthesia. She seemed fine for a week - no symptoms, didnt' seem to have pain - and 2 days ago started to have severe seizures.

I can only guess it caused head trauma and now she is on seizure medication (which I didn't want her to do - I"m very holistic but she as having so many seizures). She is still having about 6-7 a day and having trouble walking, standing, gaining balance. She's on 6 drops of canna drops 3x a day and 1-2 pellets of belladonna. I'm so worried and love my dog so much. Please help me. I know about the brain and neurology for humans - is there a way to get her brain to fire right? Please help me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of seizures in dogs; I don’t think that the dental work without anaesthesia is connected to it as seizures usually occur during dental work not after. Seizures may be caused by poisoning, tumours, liver disease, kidney disease etc… Whilst there is a place for holistic medicine, seizure management isn’t one of them; especially with belladonna pellets, belladonna may cause misfiring of nerve impulses’ in as well as increased heart rate and depression, even at small dosages. I would remove the belladonna pellets and canna drops to see if there is any change in her condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr callum thank you so much. I can't get over the fact that I caused this horrific thing. Is there a way you know of to stop ten phenobarbital after the symptoms stop? Do you think I could try electro therapy to cause the brain to fire differeenrlh to cure the seizures? Can seizures just stop? Has that ever happened and what are your thoughts or experiences with ending the phenobarbital all together? What about potsssium bromide?

Lastly, I was told to go see a neurologist and get an MRI. I will do anything for Harlow despite not being able to afford it - but does it sound like a tumor or is there another something the MRI could diagnose? What are your thoughts on mri's?

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Dhanu
Poleranian
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

"Pyometra"

Medication Used

cefodoxime, iv,ranitidine tab,perinorm tab

My dad have open pyometra and we triedo her pusad but she have some sepsis condition she had vomiting yellow with white foam and not eating.what I do to treat sepsis

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Dhanu has sepsis she would require inpatient Veterinary medical and supportive care as she would need hydration therapy (like she is receiving now) and aggressive antibiotic therapy with two or three antibiotics. Loss of appetite is normal in cases of Pyometra and may cause vomiting of white or yellow foam which is from acid and bile. So, a check up with Dhanu’s Veterinarian to monitor her progress and to get her on some additional antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She had vomiting from last 2 days regularly is this good or bad. And how many days she do vomiting like this. what antibiotics should we added and how many time she take to recover and how much chances of collapse in this condition.

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Baby
Poodle
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Out of Breath

My 7 years old poodle dog just had the surgical treatment for pyrometers. Dr said not to let her jump the stairs. On the 7th day... We overlooked and she was climbing up n down stairs. Anything I should look out for... She is otherwise active and doesn't seem to have any issues.

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Whilst an animals movement should be restricted after surgery, the dangers of post operative complications are generally over by day seven; your Veterinarian would have advised you to not let Baby jump or go up or down stairs due to the healing of the surgical wound, by day 7 the wound is more or less healed and traditionally she would have had her stitches removed on day ten, but I think your Veterinarian would have put dissolving stitches in an intradermal pattern making them invisible. Check for leakage from the wound site, vulva as well as general abdominal pain and changes in behaviour (becomes leathargic). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Red
5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Blood In Urine
Vomiting

Hey my name is Andre Jackson. Recently my dog was and still is experiencing pyometra symptoms for probably about 8 days straight, because I started to notice mild symptoms last Sunday. Strong symptoms occur Wednesday. She is lucky to make it this far. I took her to the vet ON the 4th day of her symptoms to see if she was constipated because that was first suspension and sure enough I was wrong, her veterinarian suspected "open pyometra". The symptoms was obvious. Unfortunately I couldn't make a payment plan to go through with the procedure. I'm not financially able. I went several places down here in dallas and no luck. Also applied for care credit with different combinations signers, but my application was declined. I'm in a dire situation and I'm desperate, But something odd is happening to my dog. She seems to be recovering from the disease with no treatment. She's fighting it. Her symptoms aren't as bad, BUT I know she still needs help immediately.. So I have 3 questions:
Stopping the heat cycle of a dog, could that slow down the pyometra disease until she get medical treatment?

Is it possible for the disease to occur during the end of a dog's cycle, If so, when the dog's heat cycle ends, does it slows down the disease?

Even though my dog needs immediate attention, What are treatments that can be done, until I can get help as soon for surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For cases of pyometra (just like your Veterinarian advised), surgery is the treatment of choice and usually the only treatment due to the severity of the infection within the uterus. Altering her heat cycle wouldn’t make any affect now as the uterus is already infected and the infection is current. Usually pyometra occurs after a season, because the infection usually enters the uterus during this time since it is open and has a lot of hormonal changes preparing for a possible future pregnancy. Apart from surgery, an alternative treatment (which only works with open pyometra, with closed pyometra uterine rupture is likely) is to treat with prostaglandins (as well as antibiotics) which may cause an improvement within 48 hours; treatment with prostaglandins can cause symptoms to worsen after administration but will generally cause improvement afterwards. After a successful treatment with prostaglandins, recurrence rates are high and unless you want to breed, a full ovariohysterectomy is still recommended. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog just had surgery for a ruptured uterus she's doing better than before just not eating that much is this normal? she walking around fine and drinking water fine shes currently on fluids

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Momma Dog
senior
Serious condition
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My momma's senior yellow lab is having surgery sometime this evening for an acute case of open pyometra. We are so lucky that there was discharge and we were able to notice in time! That being said, she actually had an appointment later today for chronic diarrhea. She had elevated alt levels when we took her to a different vet for the diarrhea but they were never able to find the source of the symptoms. Is there any chance that a mild pyometra infection has been present this whole time and her last heat cycle is what brought on the worse infection? We were considering that the diarrhea actually caused the pyometra, but at this point we're still at a loss about the poo problem, they are doing biopsies this afternoon when she gets spayed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Clinical signs of pyometra present after four to eight weeks after estrus (heat); during estrus the cervix is open as the female is looking to accept a mate, this is the time that an infectious agent (usually E. coli) infect the uterus; if the diarrhoea has been occurring for more than four weeks, it is possible that it may have contributed to the pyometra, but usually pyometra is caused by bacteria from the urinary tract or normal vaginal flora. Diarrhoea may be present in some cases of pyometra, but usually vomiting, excessive drinking and urination are more common clinical signs. ALT levels fluctuate during the day and are usually compared against AST when making a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What if my dog had c section year later she had emergency surgery because of her uterus got infection due to csections so now it's been 5 years can this happen to her again she seems to be moaning or a whimper but she is eating

My 8 year old lab/rock mix just had surgery she had pyometra. She came home to day and I can't get her to eat her meds I have tried everything thing any suggestions?

My dog went through surgery for a ruptured uterus she's doing better than before but not eating much is this normal she's currently on fluids and antibiotics she's walking around fine drinking water good

Hi Callum,

My pet (Fruity) has been diagnosed with this disease and doctor mentioned about pus in uterus and has also infected liver. She is 13+ years (spitz). He suggested surgery but said about risk due to anesthesia. He advised that gas anesthesia can be of some help.

Please suggest what should be done. She has lost 3kgs in 1month and has all symptoms that you have mentioned above except vomit.

What if my dog has diarrhoea after the surgery

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Lily
Miniature Pinscher
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Shallow Rapid Breathing
Lethargy
Shaking
Vomiting

I cannot afford a vet check up or surgery. Any advise to help her? She's my best friend and I have been trying everything to save her but I'm not getting any help bc I have no moneu

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I sympathise with your financial situation; but, Pyometra is a medical emergency and surgery is the treatment of choice. Given Lily’s age, she is at higher risk of complications; the longer you wait the more difficulty in treating. Medical management is possible in early cases with few clinical signs, but please regardless of cost visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

listen if you have an animal who has pyometra and they're getting really sick you can always take them to a Humane Society and surrender them they will do the surgery and perform it for you that day....... wouldn't you rather have them have the dog and make the dog live and you get a chance of walking back in there and adopting your own dog back or do you want them to die I did this with my cat ended up costing me $165 at the Humane Society we walked in to surrender her and they let us just do the surgery and take care of her people think outside the box you don't always have to go to a private vet

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Zoey
Rottweiler
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Vaginal Discharge

My dog has pyometra. Yet I can't afford surgery. What are my other options?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately surgery (ovariohysterectomy) is the treatment of choice for pyometra. In a few mild cases of pyometra, medical treatment may be attempted (especially in an expensive breeding bitch), but in an older bitch that you don’t wish to breed from, surgery is the best and safest treatment which will also limit complications. Pyometra is a time sensitive condition which (depending on if open or closed) may cause the uterus to rupture into the abdominal cavity causing peritonitis and death. I strongly urge you to take Zoey for surgery immediately for her health and welfare. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Mum dog is 9yr old and today she is admitted for uterus removal surgery .. she have low blood cells and so waiting for blood transfusions.. is that risky stage ?

What state do you live?

My 12yr old dog was diagnosed with Pyo and had the emergency spay today. The first vet said the surgery would cost between $1200 to $2500! Thank God for the receptionist who mentioned googling Low cost spay clincs and I was able to get her in the next morning at the Raleigh SPCA, which included Pyo surgery, 24hr pain injection, 10 day under skin antibiotic injection, 6 days of pain pills, rabies certificate, cone collar, heart worm test, all for $398! I Thank God for that low cost clinic or it would have been a devastating situation. Everybody check your local Low cost spay and neuter clincs!

I have a 10 year old Rottweiler who just had pyo and had to have her uterus removed. You can apply on care credit for a credit card to help pay for the vet bill. Trust me if you love your dog it is worth it. Don't wait or else it could cost her life potentially :(

My dog had the same thing and had her eutures removed . We brought her home about 2 days ago and she seems really down and doesn't want to do much or eat . She just lays in a blanket, is this normal ? Is she in pain ?

My dog hasn't peed since having the surgery, it's been 24 hours. What should I do

my 9 year old husky had this issue and her uterus removed 20 days ago she finished her antibiotics her wound has healed and stitches dissolved or fell out as they were supposed to. We removed her cone 3 days ago she started excessively licking not the wound but approximately 2 inch on each side I think this is just where she reaches when she's laying because of the fold in her skin. It is red and chapped but she has also been acting very depressed and starts to show her teeth and growl if I tried to get her to stop licking this is not normal for her. I will call the hospital she had her surgery at tomorrow morning but I was hoping to get some insight on here I hate to spend another $150 if nothing is wrong after the 2500 we spent on surgery if I don't have to.

I have a 16 month old golden reactiva.... She have pyometra recently ... Please tell me best option... She gives birth possible...

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Alexa
Dog
5 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Vaginal Discharge
My dog is an intact 5 yr old, her heat ended last july 13th & from then on there was no more vaginal discharge until last wednesday july 26th i noticed a few drops of vaginal discharge with the same color (bright red) & smell until now, aside from the blood she has no other symptoms, she's eating, drinking & urinating normally but the discharge is bothering me since this is the first time this happened, previously when her heat ends, the bleeding stops & never recurs untl her next heat, i'm afraid she's having early stages of pyometra? Is this a possible pyometra casewith just the discharge & she's acting normal? I hope you can enlighten me on this, i'm bringing her to our vet tomorrow, what possible tests should she undergo to check if it's pyometra since no other symptoms are present yet? Thank you...