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Pyometra infection is another case for spaying your pet

PetSmart Banfield, The Pet Hospital®

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Pyometra is a serious and potentially life threatening infection of the uterus. It occurs in some unspayed females, usually during middle age. It is common for pyometra to develop a few weeks after a heat cycle. Hormonal changes during and soon after a heat cycle can make the uterus more vulnerable to infection. The entire uterus may fill with pus.
 
Spayed females do not develop this form of the disease. Very rarely, a spayed female can develop an infection of the small amount of uterine tissue that can sometimes remain after a spay surgery (stump pyometra).

Signs include:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive thirst
  • Vdischarge or swelling of the vulva
  • Abdominal discomfort
 
The disease can develop slowly over an extended period before the illness becomes apparent.
 
Diagnosis is based on symptoms, examination findings, blood or other tests and x-rays.
 
Treatment usually requires extensive therapy and surgical removal of the uterus.

IMPORTANT POINTS:
  • Spayed females do not develop this form of the disease
  • Use all medications as prescribed by your veterinarian
  • It is important to follow any aftercare or post surgical instructions
  • Monitor your Pet's progress carefully and have her rechecked as directed by your veterinarian
If you have questions about this or any medical topic, please contact your vet or Banfield hospital today.

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