Py­ome­tra in cats and dogs

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - NEWS - with Freya Wil­liams DVM VET­ERI­NAR­IAN

PY­OME­TRA is a dis­ease of en­tire (non-de­sexed) fe­male dogs or cats. It is a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion of the uterus this gen­er­ally oc­curs af­ter a dog comes on heat that can re­sult in se­vere life-threat­en­ing ill­ness due to sep­ticemia. Py­ome­tra usu­ally oc­curs four weeks to four months af­ter a heat. It is most com­monly seen in; mid­dle aged-older an­i­mals, dogs rather than cats and there is in­creased oc­cur­rence in rough coated col­lies, rot­tweil­ers, Cav­a­lier King Charles spaniels, and golden re­triev­ers. Dogs that de­velop py­ome­tra will nor­mally present to the vet clinic very un­well. Com­mon signs in­clude; vagi­nal dis­charge, lethargy, in­ap­pe­tence, vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea, fever, drink­ing and uri­nat­ing more fre­quently. Di­ag­no­sis is usu­ally made based on clin­i­cal signs and con­firmed with ul­tra­sonog­ra­phy or ra­dio­graphs as well as blood­work. Treat­ment usu­ally re­quires hospi­tal­i­sa­tion for fluid ther­apy and surgery to re­move the in­fected uterus. De­sex­ing is the only method of preven­tion of py­ome­tra. If you have any ques­tions in re­gards to py­ome­tra, con­tact your vet­eri­nary clinic for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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