Pyometra in cats and dogs
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.