Cana is a sweet dog that was brought in for an exam. Her parents had noticed that she seemed lethargic and was not acting like herself. Dr. K. did an examination and radiographs. Her uterus appeared enlarged. It was found that Cana had a Pyometra. This is a uterine infection most commonly known as a disease of the unaltered female dog and chances of getting this, increase with age. She is 9 years old and was in heat 3 weeks prior. The most obvious symptom of an open pyometra is an infectious discharge from the vulva in a female that has recently been in heat. However, symptoms of a closed pyometra are less obvious. Symptoms of both types include vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, and increased drinking and urinating. It can be life–threatening if it’s left untreated.
Luckily Cana’s parents brought her in after seeing that she was not being herself and Dr. K. was able to diagnose and start treatment immediately. After placing an i.v. catheter and starting fluids and antibiotics, Dr. K. and Dr. Mantecon proceeded with an ovariohysterectomy (spay) surgery to remove the infection. The operation removed the two ovaries, the uterine horns and the body of the infected uterus. Cana recovered from surgery and was sent home on antibiotics.
There are many benefits to spaying and neutering pets. Most of the time when a pet gets a pyometra or mammary tumors, etc., from not being spayed it is due to the owner not being aware of the risk. It is stories like this that we like to share with pet owners so that you can be informed and be able to avoid the risk of a health condition that could have been avoided by just simply spaying or neutering your pet.
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