Pyometra in dogs is a serious infection of the womb which generally affects unspayed female dogs that are over 6 years of age. Pyometra needs treating with urgency as it can be fatal for your dog if left.
Pyometra in Detail
Pyometra is when the uterus lining becomes thickened during hormonal changes and it is during this time that infection occurs; the infection is unlike regular infections because it is so difficult to treat. The infection occurs after a dogs ‘season’ when the thickened lining produces liquid and the uterus is unable to function correctly and get rid of this surplus fluid, this liquid quickly becomes pus as it is taken over with bacteria.
During your dog’s season her cervix is open, this leaves very easy access for the bacteria to get inside to her and in to the uterus.
Symptoms of Pyometra
- Pus discharge
- Bloody discharge
- Swollen stomach
- No appetite
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
Treatment for Pyometra
Firstly your dog must be examined by a vet to see if she has an open or a closed cervix and to observe the amount of discharge that is present.
If your dog has a closed cervix, the success rate is lower than in cases where the cervix is open. IV drips will be the first line of treatment for your dog, this is to protect the kidneys and hydrate the body. After this has been carried out your dog will need to have an operation to remove her ovaries and uterus. There are medicine treatments available for this condition but they are not recommended as they may cause further complications. The safest and best solution is to operate.
The only way to prevent Pyometra is to have your dog spayed, so if you are not thinking of breeding from your dog, get her spayed at an early age so that there is no risk of your dog developing Pyometra at a later date.