Pyometra

Two recent cases of pyometra serve as a reminder…

 

We recently wrote an article about one of the serious diseases that is PREVENTABLE, Pyometra.  Over the past few weeks, we have had an unusual number of critically ill dogs that have been diagnosed with pyometra.

Let me briefly review. Dogs go into “heat” or estrus approximately twice a year. Over time,  the lining of the uterus thickens. During each heat cycle, the cervix dilates and bacteria in the urinary tract has a pathway into the uterus. If the bacterial invasion is not controlled by the females immune system, a pyometra occurs.

One of the things that makes these infections so dangerous is the degree to which the body reacts to this infection. The uterus, which usually weighs barely a few ounces, can balloon up to pounds. “Pyo’s” are considered a true emergency and the prognosis after surgery depends on many factors.

Why risk it?  If you are not certain that you plan to breed your female dog or cat, call and schedule her spay today.

 

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