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Pyometra – Signs, Symptoms and Dangers of the Disease
March 28, 2019
There are many benefits to spaying your dog or cat; some of these benefits include pet population control and decreased risk of reproductive diseases. One of the reproductive conditions that can occur in an intact female is pyometra which is a disease of the uterus. It is a serious and life-threatening condition. Pyometra can occur in any intact female dog or cat of any age though it is most common in middle-aged and older dogs. When a female dog or cat is in estrus (in heat), there are hormonal changes that can lead to the uterus being more susceptible to bacterial growth. Bacteria from the vagina can enter the uterus when the cervix opens while a female is in heat. A female is most vulnerable to developing pyometra 4-8 weeks after each cycle.
Pyometra can either be what we call an open pyometra or a closed pyometra. One sign of pyometra, if the cervix is open, maybe pus. The pus can sometimes be mixed with blood draining from the vagina, and this can be noticed on the pet’s fur or their bedding. If the cervix is closed, the pus has nowhere to drain and will continue to build up in the uterus; this is called a closed pyometra. When a pet is suffering from a closed pyometra, they will become ill much more quickly, and the symptoms can be more severe. Eventually, when enough pus builds up the uterus can rupture, and the pus will spill into the abdomen. Other signs a dog or cat may have pyometra can be lethargy, depression, increased drinking and anorexia. If you have an intact female showing any of these signs, she should be taken total right away. Pyometra can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Diagnosis of pyometra can include a physical exam, radiographs to view the uterus and blood work. Once the diagnosis of pyometra is confirmed the best course of treatment is the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. When removing, the uterus and fallopian tubes are large and when filled with pus can weigh up to 5 lbs depending on the size of the dog!
In veterinary medicine, the saying goes don’t let the sunset on a pyometra. Meaning many veterinarians have stayed late or come in during the middle of the night to make sure their patients have the best chance at surviving.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 8, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!