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Pyometra: Symptoms and Treatment in Dogs

Adrienne is certified dog trainer and former veterinary assistant. She has taken several courses on hospice, end-of-life care for dogs.

Pyometra in female unspayed dogs is very risky.

Pyometra in female unspayed dogs is very risky.

Another Reason Why Dogs Should Be Spayed

The simple thought of having a female dog potentially go through a condition as serious as pyometra, should allow new owners to quickly make the decision of having their dog spayed. Pyometra is basically a life-threatening infection in the uterus causing an accumulation of pus in the uterine cavity. The condition appears to typically occur in non-spayed female dogs over the age of 6 years old.

Typically, a case of Pyometra may present approximately between 4 to 8 weeks after the last heat. Because during a dog's heat the cervix is relaxed, bacteria may easily have access and flourish on the thickened uterus walls. Once the bacteria has set ground, shortly thereafter, the uterus will become thick, fill with fluid and cause symptoms of malaise in the dog.

Symptoms of Pyometra

There are two types of Pyometra: open and closed.

  • In an open pyometra, the cervix is relaxed and the dog will have foul, pus-like vaginal discharge often resembling tomato soup. Such discharge may be found on the floor or in places where the dog lays on. There may not be many other accompanying symptoms.
  • When the Pyometra is closed, the dog pus is trapped inside causing the uterus to enlarge often causing abdominal swelling. Some times the enlarge uterus become so heavy that the dog has a hard time getting up and the rear legs will be weak.

Because of this toxic build up, closed pyometra affected dogs will begin to appear lethargic for no reason. They may refuse to eat and may drink a lot of water in an attempt to flushing the harmful bacteria out. Increased drinking obviously will cause increased urination. Vomiting and diarrhea may also develop. If left untreated, the uterus may rupture and the dog may develop sepsis with a high fever with rapid pulse and symptoms of shock. The condition at this point will ultimately be fatal within 24-48 hours.

Diagnosis of Pyometra

Any time an intact female dog becomes sick for no obvious reason, it is a good idea to rule out this serious condition. Diagnosis is usually obtained via blood work confirming signs of infection such as a high white blood count. An ultrasound or X-ray may show an enlarged or pus-filled uterus.

Treatment of Pyometra

When diagnosed early treatment can be very effective, Treatment mainly consists of fluids to correct dehydration, antibiotics to fight off the infection, and surgery, which in reality is a spay with the removal of the uterus. The surgery can be quite risky, because any spill of the toxic contents of the uterus may cause peritonitis.

In some cases, when the pyometra is open and the dog is a dam used for breeding, antibiotics may be given and prostaglandins (Lutalyse) that relax the cervix and stimulates contractions that help remove the pus from the uterus. However, there are high chances of the pyometra to recur unless the dog is bred on the next heat cycle.

As seen, Pyometra is a very serious condition not worth the risk. If you own an intact female, but yet, you are not a professional breeder, it is strongly advised to have your dog spayed.

Vet Explains Pyometra

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can a spayed dog develope pyometra?

Answer: Technically, no, because when a dog is spayed the uterus is removed, and when a dog develops pyometra the uterus becomes infected. However, when dogs are spayed, in some cases it can happen that the vet accidentally leaves behind a bit of uterine tissue. This may lead to what is known as "stump pyometra." In such a case though, the situation is less critical than a pyometra in an intact female dog and antibiotics may help.

Question: What kind of vitals would a dog with pyometra have?

Answer: A dog with pyometra would typically have an elevated temperature, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased drinking and increased urination. Because these symptoms are vague and may resemble other illnesses, any non-spayed female dog not acting right should be seen by a vet to rule this life-threatening condition out. Pyometra typically appear one to three months after the dog has finished the heat cycle. If you suspect pyometra in your dog, have her seen as possible, in the veterinary field there's a saying "never let the sun set on pyometra" for the simple fact that things can go downhill fast.

Question: My dog eats and isn't lethargic, she is playful and runs and wags her tail and is very loving as she has always been and she plays with my rescue dog. I am taking her to the vet 3/23/18 and I'm going to have her spayed. Is there anything I can do for the next six days?

Answer: Dogs with pyometra generally act quite sick, most likely you are dealing with open pyometra at the very early stages. In the vet field, there is a saying, "never let the sun set on pyometra" to emphasize how quickly things can go downhill. I can see waiting for the surgery a day or two possibly with the vet giving fluids before surgery, but a week sounds like a long stretch. The vets I worked with wanted to do surgery the same day of the diagnosis. You attain best results when the surgery is done sooner rather than later.

Question: My dog just had Pyometra surgery ten days ago, and is now bleeding from the vaginal area. What could this be from?

Answer: This doesn't sound normal. You should consult with your vet on this sooner than later. The bleeding can be due to several factors such as infection of the uterine stomp, the vet accidentally leaving behind some ovarian tissue (causing her to go into heat) or perhaps it's a UTI. Keep an eye on her on her gum color; make sure it's nice and pink. Of course, see an emergency vet immediately if the bleeding is profuse, you notice pale gums, lethargy, restlessness or the abdomen is enlarging.

Question: My dog died at 12 years of age. She had dark red discharge and was urinating on the floor and vomiting. She died within 48 hours. What could have caused this?

Answer: The symptoms of pyometra include discharge that may be mucus-like or bloody, lethargy, anorexia, increased thirst and increased urination, vomiting and diarrhea, and abdominal swelling. In the veterinary world, there is a saying "never let the sun set on pyometra" meaning that affected dogs should be treated as soon as possible as life-threatening complications may soon set in.

Left untreated it can quickly progress to sepsis and death. Pyometra usually arises 60-70 days after a heat cycle, but it can occur earlier. Of course, other things may have happened such as exposure to rat poison may cause bleeding from any orifice. Only a necropsy can truly determine the cause of death.

Question: My dog was spayed 9 days ago. Area is healing nicely, but she has started bleeding from the vagina. Is this normal? What can be done?

Answer: A dog bleeding after pyometra surgery is something that want investigated by your vet. Please follow up with your vet and report your findings. This bleeding can be due to several possible causes. For instance, a granuloma (scar tissue) forming can be causing the blood you are seeing or there may be an infection of the uterine stump, which happens when a portion of the uterus is left behind. Another possibility worth mentioning is that in some cases some ovarian tissue being left behind may be causing her to go into heat. So yes, several possibilities please discuss with your vet who did the surgery.

Question: Is pyometra deadly?

Answer: Yes, it is a life-threatening condition that shouldn't be ignored. Owners of intact female dogs should always keep this condition in mind when their dogs start acting out of character about two to eight weeks after the last heat cycle. In the veterinary field, there is a saying "don't let the sunset on pyometra" meaning that fast intervention is needed considering the risk for dogs dying from it.

Question: My dog had pyometra surgery a month ago and it seems like she is gaining weight rapidly, her belly seems to be bloated. Is this normal?

Answer: I wouldn't consider this normal unless you are feeding her more or exercising her less due to the coronavirus lock down. I would give a call to the veterinarian who performed the surgery just to play it safe.

Comments

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 07, 2020:

She's young and in good hands, hopefully she'll recover nicely Keep updating your vet, has he considered spaying to prevent future episodes?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 25, 2020:

Nashvill, great to hear your dog recovered well from pyometra. Bless your heart for taking such good care of her.

Nashvilll on August 06, 2020:

My dog had it and her doctor gave me pills and told me she will be fine for a week but after reading and educating myself on this matter i immediately called around looking for a doctor i only had a hundred dollars on hand and there is a pandemic going on after rushing her to a hospital and them charging me almost 4k i found a family own business business for 1200 and they excepted credit care the doctor saved my dogs life shes been doing great ever since

Lana on July 28, 2020:

My dog was diagnosed with pyometra nearly a week ago and was given an antibiotic. She has open pyometra and discharges regularly, but she is still vomiting. Is there a reason for this? Because of the lockdown we can’t go to the vet until it’s been two weeks since our last visit. Is there anything I could do to ensure my dog’s survival of the infection?

Godspower Michael on June 29, 2020:

Please my 3years plus Rottweiler has Pyometra I think it’s an open one but been on antibiotics from my vet do you think she’s gonna be fine ? Even though her vulva is swollen but the discharge isn’t frequent just comes once in a while and it’s more like a drop. Should I be hopeful for her recovery?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 23, 2020:

I don't think panting all the time for no explainable reason is normal. I would report back to your vet who did the surgery. I hope she feels better soon.

Catherine Prasil on May 25, 2020:

My dog was spayed 2 months ago she is 10 years old she had Pyometra it was bad they had to rinse her out they did find cancer also which was removed now she constantly pants is this normal she isn’t in pain she eats drinks pees poops runs plays

Tonya White on May 11, 2020:

My female dog is 35 days pregnant and a dark discharge done been coming out her for 2 weeks she still eating and drinking and playing but I'm worried about what that discharge that keep coming out her some time it stop and start back up I took her to the vet he did a X-ray and he check her out he said she had two puppies but he can't determine if they alive and he said he couldn't see the discharge I described what can I do?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 07, 2020:

Hi Shawn, I think you should have your dog see the vet as this sounds concerning. Any time a female intact dog (not spayed) presents with illness or just not feeling right, it's important to rule out pyometra.

Shawn on April 07, 2020:

Good morning my dog has thrown off so much she is eating her dally meals and everything. She have this swollen back breast at the privates and she discharging blood from her private parts

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 22, 2020:

Hi Danny, in the veterinary field, there is a saying "never let the sun set on pyometra" meaning have it treated immediately. I am not sure if you already saw the vet or how you got it diagnosed, but your dog should be treated for it and you should be in touch with your vet or emergency vet and provide them with updates if your dog got out of surgery.

Danny on March 21, 2020:

Hi. My female has pyrometra and is very thirsty. But every she had something to drink she's puking it up. Like mucus. Should I stop/reduce her water?

Chan on January 10, 2020:

My female Jack Russell is 14 years old but looks like 4, very athletic good looking Physique, she eats and drinks very well, not grumpy at all but after her last cycle she stopped bleeding for a week then started again after few days stopped again. I thought because of her age her bleeding might be irregular but now it's a lot heavier and I can accually see blood pools size of my palm, but none of the symptoms above is similar to hers. As I said she still full of energy, eating well not lazy at all, and she looks in very good shape. Should I be worried?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 20, 2019:

Ron, please have your dog see the vet. In veterinary medicine, there is a saying "never let the sun set with pyometra" meaning that waiting one extra day may lead to a life or death scenario.

Ron on October 19, 2019:

My 7 year old dog wont eat but will drink warer and she is bleeding off and on from her backside what treatment can i get for her

Mel on September 17, 2019:

Hi, my dog has been in season for over 4 weeks now. It really isn’t as heavy as it was and it seemed like she had finished but now she has big blood clots, she isn’t eating (we’ve tried everything) and has now started vomiting quite a lot. The only way I can describe this is, brown like coffee granules. She is drinking but is very lethargic and is shaking quite a bit. She does go off her food when in season but somehow this doesn’t feel right. We are seeing the vet but just wanted to know whether this is something we need to worry about.

Heather on July 12, 2019:

Hi, my dog is 6 years old and has around 4 week heat seasons bleeding, however she stopped bleeding and with a couple of days she had a dark red bleeding coming from her I took her vets and he said there was currently no sign of Pyometra but I have another appointment Tuesday to check again, she has antibiotics for the mean time, she has no other symptoms currently, is there anything else this could be?

Paulina on March 02, 2019:

My German shepherd his leve red spot on the floor and dose not eat .she dose drink water what wrong with here

Godwin sonia on January 17, 2019:

Please I need advice immediately. I'm desperate as to the fact that I don't know what's wrong with my 10 yrs old female German shepherd. She has a very huge lump on her breast (back left) she doesn't eat anymore and vomits. Her breathing is also not normal. What is wrong with her? I don't want her to die.

Shellie0803 on August 10, 2018:

Please I really need some help! I have a 10 yr old German Shepard. She is like family and there is something strange going on. It sounds almost identical to the post 8 months ago about their Bullmastiff from Palak, but a little worse. She went into heat normally but about 3 days later she started walking around just urinating anywhere and everywhere. She's been totally potty trained since a pup so I took her to our vet. He gave her antibiotics and that part of it went away. I did mention her bleeding situation. He did a physical exam and got some papertowels to wipe her so he could smell it. He mentioned the Pyometra but said it would have a horrible smell. Since then the urinating on herself and floor has stopped but she has been bleeding now off and on for almost 2 months and now there is some blood clots coming out with the very red blood. It's not brown old blood it's red. Just like palak's dog mine has blood stains on her tail, legs and feet. I don't have the money for the vet right now, but I'm scared it's serious! She drinks A lot of water, but her appetite isn't as good as its always been. Does anyone have any idea what is going on? If palek sees this could you please tell me what happened in your situation, because they sound so similar. Thank you!

Tanisha N Steele on June 11, 2018:

Can some one help. Me make a hard decision ,I have no money today however I have a jack Russel terrier 5yr old her back legs is tuck back and it appears that something that resemble a Tail is hanging from her vagina HAS ANYONE EVER EXPERIENCED THIS

Sandy on May 30, 2018:

My 12 year old Pomeranian was just diagnosed with Pyonetra uterine infection with puss doctor said to risky to operate because of age Also said might have congestive heart failure wanted to do labs CBC/with blood panel abdominal sonogram I live on Disability and can't afford he even said she might not make it through surgery because of age.How long do you think she has left

Unwanted on April 21, 2018:

My female dog just started leeking some sort of brown and red fluid she shakes and walks funny my male dog wont stop humping her and i dont know what it is

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 17, 2018:

So sorry to hear Karen, have you updated your vet?

Karen paris on February 10, 2018:

Hi my staffy had 45cm removed from her bowel she had 4holes they couldnt fix from eating some sort of plastic she is 5 years old they gave her a 5%chance of living she has been until now she has been bleeding for about 3 weeks now n hasnt eatin for 2 days has been vomiting little amounts not herself she is normally very affectionate is being very distant,quiet

Judy moore on January 03, 2018:

My Maltese 13 years old has congestive heart failure and pancriatitus lately not eating well and lying on floor stomach pulsating can't get up and urinating on herself She realizes it's happening but can't seem to control it

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 09, 2017:

Palak, that sounds concerning, please see your vet.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 09, 2017:

You can ask your vet for appetite stimulants, or a diet such as Hill's A/D or other canned food. Nutrical can also help at least get some calories.

palak on December 01, 2017:

My 1.5 year female bullmastiff was in her heat cycle since 20 days..its her 2nd heat cycle first occurred when she was 7 months and it was normal and even stopped with in 15days with normal bleeding.But this time she was bleeding since 20 days.And today she is bleeding very heavily like passing blood instead of urine and have some blood clots.her legs tail have blood stains.she is active behaving normal just having less appetite since 2 days.Please help me I aam worried for my baby is she fine or not?

B jenschke on November 29, 2017:

I have a female dog almost 9 years old. She went into heat last week and gradually started licking her privates. She stopped eating, only drinking water. I took her to her vet and he drew blood. He did put her on an antibiotic in meantime. Got results back yesterday and nothing was found. He said it's s urinary tract infection. Continue antibiotics. Well we are on day 5 of no eating. And now the water intake has slowed down. Im so concerned with the not eating. Is there anything i could give her to intise her to eat? She is still licking herself too. Any help?

Michelle Marcum on September 30, 2017:

If my dog had open pyrometers and died. If I bring another dog home will they catch it if they lick a spot that she might have drained on? I have cleaned everything that she might have came in contact with. It's been a couple of months and I'm wanting to get a new fur baby but don't want it to catch it. Can anyone tell me if it's that contagious?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 09, 2017:

Brian so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your dog story of your pug's ordeal with pyometra. It will surely help others.

Brian on July 04, 2017:

Hello, I felt obligated to post my experience with what we believe was pyometra. I had a beautiful, unspayed pug, considered breeding for pedigree purposes - a perfect pug, AKC standard. Took care of her very well, fed well, exercised, she had a good life. I called the vet for anything minor. She was about 5 years and 3 months when she became sick and died suddenly. Because there had not been any breeding, it was on the "to do" list to get her spayed. I completely misjudged the symptoms of pyometra in part because my pug likely had closed pyometra - and I hope my story with help others. It is a tragic and heartbreaking loss because my pug was wonderful in every sense. My pug displayed symptoms of pyometra for about 3 weeks before she died. For one of those weeks, I was on vacation, and the dog sitter failed to recognize any issues - but as I learned, the dog was becoming more sick. The symptoms were really innocent - almost cute: Sitting down while walking (turns out she was having trouble walking on back legs), occasionally sitting down in the house, lethargy, and drinking a lot of water. As strange as it sounds, I called my vet about a small skin infection on her fold, which I thought could be something, but only considered minor but monitored it. I returned from vacation and spent 3 days with my dog - she was lethargic, but would snap out of it, and was eating - I couldn't figure out what was wrong - or if there was something truly wrong. I had to take another quick trip for 2 days, and my dog suddenly died with the dog sitter. After the shock of this situation, I researched pyometra - it appears my dog died of this horrible virus - and because it was closed, it was truly hard to judge, especially in a small dog. It is truly heartbreaking to lose a dog so young.

Aidan on June 18, 2017:

My dog had all these symptoms,throwing up,lethargy, enlarged stomach,wouldn't eat very much,she was never spayed,she went through these symptoms a few times,I now realize each time she went into heat she got a little infected but fought it off,this time it got her,she died last night,and its all my fault for not taking her to the vet,she was my best friend,she trusted me to take care of her,but I let her down,and she paid the price,please if anyone's dog has these symptoms take her to the vet now,you'd rather have your bestfreind than a few extra dollars in your wallet,I'd give everything I own to bring her back

Abbey on May 29, 2017:

has anybodies dog got a open pyo and being treated with fluids and antibiotics? shes been in the vets and now shes home she cries when shes on her own and when shes asleep she wakes up yelping really loud, gets up really fast and tries running off. but after she is completely fine?

Kelli on March 21, 2017:

i had a rott

Grace on March 11, 2017:

My 3 year old boxer is now bleeding lightly but steady. She was shaking really bad, constapated, puking blood, not eating, and really weak can you tell me what's wrong with her??

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 24, 2016:

You will have to ask your vet about the surgery, if your dog is still strong and acting normally and her bloodwork is just fine, surgery should not be a problem. Age is not a disease, but pyometra is. Your vet will have to suggest what risk factors are at play. Has the vet given a prostaglandin injection? Pyometra can be fatal as you may know, but the surgery may be a life saver. Your vet will have to discuss with you the pros and cons. Best wishes.

Tacara on November 21, 2016:

Hi... I have a 10 year old female boxer that went into heat over a year ago & has been bleeding since and she also has a foul smell. Our vet diagnosed her with open pyometra & put her on antibiotics. The antibiotics did not work at all & Im afraid that she wont make it through surgery. She is eating & drinking normally & she is still acting normal.

Moumita on November 09, 2016:

My dog is GOLDEN RETRIEVER of 8 years.

recently the vet diagnosed her for pyometra with IV fluids and antibiotics. but after 2 weeks she still haven't started eating only drinking water that's why we have to force feed her.

Now some white things is coming out of her vagina. our vet has no idea why even after treatment she hasn't started eating yet. As she has practically no food in her system for 1 month it will be very risky to perform surgery.

what to do? Please help me. I have never felt such hopeless in my life. I fell like I have let her down.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 04, 2016:

Liz, if this does not look like the usual discharge you usually see when she is in heat,it could be pyometra. When was her last heat cycle? Considering that she also seems unwell, I would call your parents and have them call your vet and let him/her know what is happening. Some vets will allow a payment plan Hopefully, with the help of your parents you can take her in.

Liz on August 04, 2016:

Im home alone and my parents arent here and i have my 13 year old golden doodle with me. She is bleeding and leaving pools of blood with a little bit of white wherever she sits. She is sleeping alot but she has always done that. The blood is also all over her but tail and back legs. She also has trouble getting up sometimes but is that just because she is a little over weight? She hasnt eaten alot over the past few days and this has been going on for a couple of days. Is this Pyometra or is she just in heat. And i cant take her to the vet im not able to drive seeing as im only 13. And my parents are far away im only with my older sister but she isnt old enough to drive either and also none of us have money to take her to the vet. If anyone knows if this is Pyometra please inform me. Thank you so much for reading this also.

Helen on May 15, 2016:

My beautiful blue heeler got spayed at 8 months of age due to pyometra. So grateful after getting a second opinion from a different vet who acted quickly and saved our dog.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 22, 2016:

Tammie, so glad your precious dog has survived this terrible condition! Best wishes for a speed recovery.

Tammie on April 21, 2016:

I have a beautiful 12 year old border collie/husky mix. Her name is Jedi. We had always hope for her to have puppies one day. She wasn't interested in any of the male dogs. LoL We noticed she was groaning a lot a month ago. We were told it was her teeth & she had one removed. I told the vet she was licking her vulva a lot & seem to be in heat. They dismissed me.

11 days ago, she was playful, ate normally. At 11pm, I found her on our tile floor shaking uncontrollably, almost convulsing. We took her outside & she had several bowel movements. She laid in the grass & her abdomen was still in spasms. My gut instinct said uterine infection & take her to ER stat. They confirmed by x-ray she had a pyrometra. She was given a shot of antibiotics & pain meds. They told me to get her in our vet STAT that morning. Poor thing kept shaking & now whimpered. She went to our regular vet & they told me emergency surgery & her life was threatened. I WAS SHOCKED! There was no time for antibiotic regiment. I gave her hug & wondered if it was the last time I see her alive. I'm crying now. Later, they called she was in recovery and they had also removed a golf size tumor! It was a rough 3 days. She whimpered a lot & didn't want to eat or drink. We managed to feed her with shredded chicken & turkey lunchmeat. Finally, she got stronger each day. She got her stitches removed yesterday. She still has a mucous like discharge from vulva they say from removal of vaginal tumor. Told me not to worry. I'm insisting on ckup in 1 month.

We had many prayers for her from family & friends. Lord has blessed us!!

kathyp on March 19, 2016:

We lost our little coco on Thursday 17/3 She was pregnant our male dog was the father. She was due to give birth when she stopped eating, got very lethargic, the vet told us she was going into labor. 2 days later, I rang the vet she still wasnt eating her stomach seemed to have dropped and she couldnt walk without collapsing, I took her straight to the vet. He was amazing with her. He did an ultrasound and what he saw was purely shocking. He told me she was in sceptic shock and the puppies had all perished due to the poison that had gone right through her. There was nothing he could do. She was shaking very badly and was discharging. He said there was really no choice but to put her to sleep. The vet told us it was more than likely pyometra. But him, like us with the first symptoms of her not eating and being lethargic put it down to the onset of labor. I like many of u had never heard of pyometra before. Reading others comments on here has made me realise it is so much more common than id ever realised. The vet did tell me it wasnt my fault, there wasnt anything I could have done, as it happened so close to her giving birth, that only the ultrasound when we took her in confirmed our little girls condition. I think we are still in shock, have cried alot and have been giving lots of cuddles and extra love to our 9yr old boy (the father), who by the way is missing her terribly. Please everyone i cannot stress enough, if your little girl is pregnant and she has the symptoms of going into labor, please go to your vet to double check that she is in labor. I dont want anyone to go through this most horrific nightmare that we have just been through. Goodnight our little Coco, dance with angels little girl.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 05, 2016:

Megan, best wishes for your dog's recovery.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 05, 2016:

Thank you so much for sharing your story and symptoms you observed in your dog with pyometra. Fortunately, you were attentive in recognizing that something was not right. I am sure it will turn helpful to others, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Megan on January 04, 2016:

For about a week I noticed my dog was peeing about 3 times per hour and drinking a lot more water than usual. We were confused but didn't think much of it. On Satuday morning, she had a reddish brownish discharge flowing out of her, but she still acted normal. We made sure we contacted the vet, even though they were closed, the decided they would take her in. They gave her blood work, an ultrasound, and hooked her up on meds to bring down the infection after being diagnosed with pyometra. On Monday, today, she had her surgery, and she is home sleeping right now. She is very upset, a lot skinner, but she made it through the surgery:)

Dutchie owner on December 24, 2015:

My 6 year old Dutch Shepherd is 6 days post surgery after being diagnosed with Pyometra. I wanted to add some symptoms/behavior as my dog was asymptomatic until it was almost too late. Her appetite and energy level was unaffected. Perhaps working dog breeds are different. I came home one evening to a house with every cushion off the couches and chairs. As I hadn't seen this behavior in years (as a puppy she regularly displaced every movable object in the house) I was confounded...but she ate normally with gusto and it wasn't until later that I noticed she was panting unusually (while lying in relaxed position) and she kept "burrowing" into me as we sat side by side. She was consistently licking her vulva and it was then I saw that it was very swollen and had a pus discharge. She wouldn't settle down at bedtime, insisted on jumping into bed with me over and over (she never sleeps in the bed) and eventually I gave up, letting her in the bed. Fitful night - no sleep for either of us...panting and whining and burrowing continued. The next morning a trip to the Vet confirmed Pyrometra and resulted in emergency surgery. The Vet called the next day advising the results were e coli bacteria and she had been very close to being septic. She seems to be recovering well now. Just wanted to put the word out that symptoms vary and strong dogs may keep secrets. It breaks my heart now to think that she was in so much pain that day...she had apparently torn the house up to show me her suffering. They can't talk...but they do what they can to tell us.

My baby lola on October 16, 2015:

My Lola was fine until one morning she became lethargic ,vomited and would just lay down. When I took her to the vet she put her head sideways on the floor while standing ,she was diagnosed with pyometra. She went straight into surgery ,she ruptured and her heart stopped ,we had her 10 years and was one of 4 dogs ,we are heartbroken for she was a strong girl a yellow lab, we never seen any symptoms until that day I took her in

oceane on October 12, 2015:

Hello. I have a dog name coco, she is about 13 years old. matess and toy poddle mix.the Vet found pyometra and immediately decided to give her a surgery. I was asking if she will go thrus this. He said she will be ok. By look at her blood work, she is normal before the surgery. I have her done on last Sat morning. now she has been at home for two days. she is very weak, not eating or drinking . leaking pees LOT and have black stools. we tried to feed her some protein shake, milk, and water. and of course giver her antibodies and pain killer twice a day. she just on the bed whole day , hardly move anywhere. what can I do to help her? i am really worry, and scary. thanks

julie on October 04, 2015:

My 7 yr old dog went threw pyometra surgery 8 days ago she got septicima collapsed day of surgery it was 50/50 she been home a week recoverin well but 2 days ago stopped eatin now being sick back to vets today prayin for her she only gets of her bed to wee and be sick so sad to see her so dopey after she perked up was playing before .... if you have a female dog get her spayed its horrid goin threw this pain

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 21, 2015:

This is something you need to discuss as soon as possible with the vet that carried out the surgery, if they are of no help, see a specialist. Your vet should not have sent your dog home with these symptoms, they should have run some tests to figure out what is going on.

kelsey on August 19, 2015:

hey i really need help my female 6yr old american bulldog had open pyometra she is back home its been 12 days since the op and she has alot of virginal blood and some clotting we took her to the vets but they don't know what is wrong with her and sent her home and told us to keep an eye on her please does anyone know if this is normal or is she in danger im really worried.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 06, 2015:

That's very scary, I would see another vet and see what they suggest if your current one isn't giving you any help or support. It sounds like a complication for the surgery. Perhaps see a veterinary internist for a proper assessment. Have they done blood work on her? The black stool is suggestive of bleeding somewhere and that's not good! Please see your vet, nothing really you can do at home at this point!

mickey on April 05, 2015:

my 9 yr old german shepehered was gone through pyoetra surgery but after surgery she is so weak and even could nt walk..her head shivers and its been 11 days shes not eating by herslf..and her stool is watery and black..pls suggest something

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 09, 2014:

Pyometra rarely gets better with antibiotics alone, and when they are prescribed, they are usually given with prostaglandins which encourage the uterus to contract to expel pus and bacteria. I am not sure if your vet prescribed prostaglandins. Any how, the swollen abdomen is concerning. Even though an uterus is more likely to rupture in a closed pyometra, it can also happen in an open one simply because the walls of the uterus are diseased. A swollen abdomen in pyometra is often indicative of the uterus spilling out its contents. I would follow up with the vet or get a second opinion to see what is causing the swollen abdomen.

Jessica on August 08, 2014:

I took my yorkie to vet and was diagnosed with open pyometra. Told me she wouldn't make it through surgery because she had lost so much weight plus the fact that her temperature had begun to drop. She hadn't walked eaten or gone to the bathroom in days. They sent me home with antibiotics and the option to bring her back in 24 hrs to be euthanized. She had what appeared to be a seizure the following day but as of yesterday shes been walking around, eating and going to bathroom. She is still resting a lot but have seen a 70% improvement. Called vet and she is amazed at improvement. Have to go in for more antibiotics Monday. Her stomach is now starting to swell..I dont know if its because shes eating or what . Any idea on this?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 15, 2014:

Here is another vet explaining the importance of prostglandins:

http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/6eohi-dog-taken-...

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 15, 2014:

If your girl was leaking fluids, she likely had open pyometra which has a better prognosis than closed. This link takes you to a person whose vet prescribed antibiotics and the dog seemed to get better. Surgery though was still recommended as there are risks for recurrences. http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/3rqr5-antibiotic...

Here is another vet explaining how it's rare for antibiotics alone to treat pyometra as they may not be successful in completely removing the pus from the uterus:

http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/6jhk5-best-an...

This vet talks about the role of hormones:

http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/2552a-kind-an...

eric on April 14, 2014:

I have read a few documents on why prostaglandin is needed, but I have yet to find any studies on antibiotic treatment failing to cure pyometra. If the infection goes away, can't the body resort back to normal function of luteolysis?

eric on April 14, 2014:

2 nights ago(Saturday evening) I noticed a change in my 13yr old Labrador's activity. She was lethargic, had a difficult time standing, and wouldn't eat. So I looked her over and saw that she was oozing pus from her vaginal area. I immediately started searching for what might be wrong. It wasn't difficult to find that, most likely, it was pyometra. She had finished her heat cycle about 2 months ago, not spayed, elderly, and had all of the symptoms. Not being able to afford emergency care, I looked heavily into problem and it's treatment.

Her being 13yrs old with hip problems already, my financial situation, and looking at so many deaths of older dogs having had the emergency surgery, surgery was not going to be an option. So even taking her to the vet on Monday seemed useless. So I called my mother, who is 70yrs old and a walking pharmacy, to see if she might have some antibiotics. She said she had an unused bottle of sulfameth/trimethoprim 800mg/160mg. I looked it up and found it was a popular antibiotic for dogs. I figured it was worth a shot, so I got it from her. I looked up dosage information and figured with her weight the 800mg would work perfectly.

I gave her one. About 4 hrs later I gave her another, and would proceed to give her one a day after that. It's Monday afternoon and only 4 pills later, I have got to say, the change in her behavior is amazing. She is starting to eat, she is drinking plenty of water, and she is walking around as if nothing was wrong. She still doesn't have the the energy to run around much, but she was just outside playing in the sprinklers(one of her favorite pastimes). I was so happy to see that, it brought tears to my eyes.

So far the antibiotics have decreased the swelling to almost her normal size. Her change in attitude and energy is almost miraculous. So I have two questions for you.

First, have you ever seen, experienced, or heard of a purely antibiotic treatment(successful or otherwise) for pyometra?

Secondly, is there any literature on the treatment of pyometra that shows that antibiotics will not work without prostaglandin?

Thank you for your time.

terylo25 on April 02, 2014:

I just lost my 9 yr old Yorkie from pyometra on 3/31/14 and we are totally devastated! It was very unexpected on a Sunday night right before her spaying appointment on that Monday. I am feeling so guilty for not spaying her a long time ago that I cannot stop crying or thinking about it. I dont deserve another dog as long as I live.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 21, 2014:

Good to hear Xena is doing better! I have seen some dogs who were very lethargic after surgery, some did't even want to live their heads, but many bounced back. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Joy on January 21, 2014:

We visited xena again and she got better. She ate already and looks more pleasing compared earlier. I might have been too worried. I hope she gets well soon so she could go home. :)

Joy on January 20, 2014:

My 4yo chowchow named Xena had her pyometra surgery exactly 24hrs ago. I just visited her a while ago and im worried since she had long sleep last night accdg to the vet (which made the vet also worried) I saw her earlier having labored breathing, has a little appetite but ate just a few small meatballs and cannot get up from her bed. Are these all normal? Please help! Thanks!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 13, 2013:

At times, pyometra can lead to secondary peritonitis, when there is leakage of pus from the uterus. The best person to ask in this case is the vet who is monitoring her vitals and can give you updates. Sending best wishes for a good outcome.

marie on December 13, 2013:

my dog was diagnosed with pyometra on Tuesday,was given an emergency op the next day to spay her,they then noticed she had peritonitis,she had a very low temperature.today she is still critical was just wondering what the chances of her surviving is,i cant get my head around what is happening as they have said my dog is in a critical state.

ariesram77 on July 10, 2013:

I am so glad that I have found this hub, My Giant Schnauzer is currently at the vet right now recovering from a closed pyometra. For starters I feel so stupid and ashamed for what my carelessness has caused my baby girl. I should've had her spayed years ago but at a very costly stupid mistake I chose not to and what would've only cost a hundred dollars or less has now cost me over a thousand and the risk of losing my best friend.

3-4 weeks weeks ago I had her bred to my male Giant, I already had homes for all the puppies and every thing was great! (Boy was I ever wrong). About 5 days ago she became very depressed acting not wanting to walk very far, not eating at all except for a saltine cracker every now and then. I went on the internet and looked up symptoms of pregnant dogs not eating and found that around 21 days into the pregnancy it is normal for some dogs to become sick acting not wanting to eat, possibly vomiting due to hormonal changes in the dog, as well as increased water intake and output. Well these all fit my dog perfectly, I just knew she was pregnant, after all my dog was around 21 days pregnant, her teets seemed to be getting a little larger, and she was starting to get a little wider around the rib cage, and all the other indications of being pregnant. Well today when I woke up I went to take her out and she could hardly get up, she had urinated beside her bed which she never does, and there was big blobs of orange slimy stool every where. I knew this wasn't right, so I called my vet right away and they told me to bring her in immediately and that's what I did. They checked her out and every thing seemed to be good she did have a little temp of 103, but other then that seemed fine, the vet palpated her stomach to see if she could feel any pups and said that she didn't feel any pups but said something didn't feel right and immediately asked if they could do an ultrasound to see if they could see any heart beats or spines. I agreed to it and a few minutes later she came back in and said she had bad news. My dog was infact Not pregnant, but her uterus was full of pus, and was going to need an immediate emergency surgery. Well in shock I agreed to the procedure and that is where I am at now. The vet called me earlier and told me her surgery went great, she said the uterus did not rupture and they were able to get it out with out any drainage. She said that they did blood work before and after her surgery and said that her kidneys and liver were all functioning well and every thing else looked great too. She said they are going to keep her on IV fluids tonight and if all goes well she should be able to come home tomorrow.

I know my post is kind of long but I wanted to make people aware that it is almost impossible to know that your dog has pyometra if you are also expecting puppies. I was lucky that she had slimy stool or I would've never known until it was too late. Not all dogs experience diarrhea with this disease and some dogs show no signs at all until it is too late. People need to be more informed of pyometra, I have raised and had dogs all my life and have never ever heard of this.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 19, 2013:

Jada, I hope your vet was able to tell you something or do something about it. This does not sound normal AT ALL. If your vet thinks it's normal to be bleeding so much, have her see another vet ASAP or take her to an emergency clinic. Please read what this vet says about a similar case where the bleeding is much, much less: http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/64pbh-dog-ovh...

Jadamybaby on March 17, 2013:

I have a 8yr old mastiff and she has had pyometra twice the first time it wasn't so bad because we caught it fast. to her to the vet got meds to help her they said she needed surgery eventually but never stressed to me that it was very needed maybe because she was still lookng good and being her self and never stop eating or drinking. The second time I almost lost her about three weeks ago but I never gave up on her, she had the surgery abut two weeks ago. Sense she has been bleeding very bad. I have called the vet three times asking questions t make sure this is normall I even to her back and they asure me that her systoms was normal but I'm not sure because she is bleeding like she got shot. I have her in my bathroom and she is ruining it no matter how manytimes we clean it's more and more each time. It lok the the first 48 hours in there blot clots every where and large mass of blood puddles. Has anyone experienced this after their older dog had surgery do to pyometra. Please anybody help share all the info you have. I pray this normal and it wil get better because I love my Jada she is a big part of my family, one of my kids. Everybody loves her my granny, people ask about her like she's a person. They request for me to tell her hi and what's up. I just can't lose her I have spent a lot of money and she came so far to not get better. She is a fighter and she has the will to want t live because she love me and my family maybe more than we love her. Please Help Me save my Jada I will be the first person to call the vet in the morning they gone have to tell me something!!!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 28, 2012:

I am so sorry you had to go through such an ordeal, sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery.

Debbie on November 28, 2012:

I took my 10 year old Husky Freya to the local vet as she cried a couple times after getting up from having been lying down. I had felt around her tummy and groin and found a lump.

The vet was on maternity leave and the locum was supposed to be standing in until she returned.

He was an older quite friendly South African vet.

But he didn't examine her, just felt the lump and said that has to come out.

I said she was intact and that she'd put on weight recently, was otherwise herself but wasn't, if you know what I mean. I explained her pain and the position of the lump in her mammary gland.

Surgery was scheduled for Monday, so we starved her and took her in. Made a point of saying she hadn't wanted to eat the previous day.

Again, several alarm bells should have rung by now.

Assumed they knew what they were doing and would at least give her an ultrasound or look for other problems.

I asked them to look at her teeth and give them a clean up.

Went back for her later and found she'd had four teeth out and was happy all had gone well.

She seemed better when she came home, wanting to eat.

The following morning after starting her on antibiotics she cried again.

So we thought it was pain from the surgery or the antibiotics.

She gradually went off her food through the following days and got very weak on the Saturday evening. We had continually tried to feed her different foods she normally liked, to no avail.

I looked up the antibiotic doses and found that for a 60lb Husky, 250mg of plain amoxicillin was completely inadequate.

So in desperation gave her my 500mg emergency antibiotics.

She got a bit better over night and the next day.

But was not eating still, so brought forward the vet after care (joke) a couple days.

Tuesday we went, they said we didn't have an appointment, but saw us anyway. How they managed to mess up the appt I have no idea.

The vet said she seemed fine, again no examination, just looked at her scar. Then gave us Hills Prescription A-D and to bring her back next week.

So we spent the next week trying to feed her, but she still didn't eat properly.

We took her back, the vet who was standing in, wasn't there, it was a new guy. No one said why.

He just took her stitches out and said it all looked fine.

We said she still wasn't eating. She cried loudly when he leaned across to turn her over on the floor.

I asked about that, he said she was just afraid.

More alarm bells!

I can hear them now, but you trust these people and expect professionalism.

The next few days she still didn't eat. So Saturday we started to feed her by syringe in the side of her mouth. She couldn't stand to put her head over the food bowl, but syringe in the side of her mouth seemed to bypass the insult to her nose.

Sunday she started licking her vulva frantically trying to keep herself clean.

So the hub was sent to inspect after she did this a few times.

There was just a single grey drop outside.

He said it looked fine.

Unconvinced I made the poor man squeeze it. That opened the flood gates!

She poured with pyometra pus and discharge, grey at first, then pinkish brown.

It went on for 12 hours, just pouring out of her.

We started her immediately on my emergency antibiotics as a precaution until we could get to the vets in the morning. We live in the New Forest, and it was Sunday evening now. We wrote a note explaining we thought she had an open pyometra or ruptured cervix/pyometra and put it through the vets door, so they could hopefully prepare for surgery.

We cleaned her and comforted her, mopped and wiped and cleaned up after her until 8 am Monday morning, then went straight up the vets.

The vet wasn't there again, apparently they had suddenly parted company.

Which I now find very suspicious. Had something happened with someone elses animals? Who knows.

More alarm bells should have rung.

They didn't know why we were there!

We had to wait for half an hour for a vet to come from another surgery.

Then he was quite annoyed with me for saying what I thought was wrong.

Obviously I was the idiot and he the qualified vet.

He assured us he could save our Freya. We were worried by this time, thinking she must have had the pyometra untreated for three to four weeks by now. We'd studied everything we could find on the www overnight and knew it meant Kidney damage/failure or liver damage.

But he said, no, she should be fine.

So we decided we should give it a go, if she wasn't going to suffer and end up being put down in the end.

The new vet operated and we collected her later. We had to insist on painkiller, they were sending her home without any. It had to be opiate based to prevent further damage to her kidneys.

She has been home two days now and not eaten.

But she is looking a little brighter.

The hub lies on the floor with her when she cries, his stroking her helps soothe her.

We're trying syringe feeding low phosphorous/low protein mushy dog food. She ate a few chicken tidbits earlier.

We are praying, a lot.

Now if only someone had taken the time to tell us why they recommended female dogs be spayed?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 24, 2012:

I am so sorry to hear about Ginger, my deepest condolences.

rhonda on October 24, 2012:

my sweet ginger a beautiful cream coloured miniature poodle who was much loved by everyone who met her died half hour into operation to remove uterus where vet had done x-rays and blood work with high white blood cell count . at first vet and i decided a few days prior to just put her on antibiotics for two weeks and then spay her. well a few days later she turned for the worst and got chills, very sad looking and lethargic and her stomach bloated. she stopped eating. i rushed her to vet that night and vet to do surgery the next morning. well she did not make it as half hour into operation showed the pus had already leaked out into her whole system. I rushed to operating room to see her and was able to see that the inside of uterus was so infected and pus had gone to other organs. i had to say goodbye to her on the operating table but she died when sleeping under the anaestetic which is a blessing. our family is devasted as she was the love of our home. she went everywhere with us. loved seedo rides, the cottage, boating, and was the sweetest personality. i feel so terrible she died prematurely like this. i had no idea of this dreaded disease. i have always had female dogs who were not spayed but this is my first experience on my dog dying of this. i suggest that vets need to inform everyone coming in with a new female pup to get spayed if not using for breeding. so many people are not aware of this disease. vets need to inform everyone of this on consequences of not spaying - not just because to control the animal population. i have planted a flowering almond tree in my backyard in memory of my ginger who dies oct. 20, 2012. i will always have her in my heart. it is going to take a long time to get over this loss.

Katrina xxx on October 04, 2012:

My 10 year old german shepard had an operation on Monday for pyometra, she made it through the op but started bleeding afterwards, she died later that night, my vet sais she had a condition that her blood wouldn't clot, im unsure this is the truth, my family is destroyed by her death, i just wish i knew if this were true, if she bled to death or her organs failed, i thought they would have tested her bloods beforehand. Has anyone else experienced anything like this???

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 01, 2012:

You can read the answer to this question here:

http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/1jgp2-type-quest...

Sorry about your loss:(

joyce on October 01, 2012:

My dog Coco died few days ago.I suspected she was killed by pyometra because she suffered from all the painful symptoms as stated above : lethargy, excessive of water, totally not eating, distended of abdomen,2 days standing without sleeping, rapid of breathing & panting, but i wonder that she started suffering this awful disease after having stud with a male dog?The disease occurred through sexually transmission?Please advice.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 22, 2012:

The earlier the better. This is a serious disease that can go down hill fast, I would be concerned on waiting too long. I would call the vet and ask him since he saw your girl, got her vital signals, and has the best idea on her condition. You can also inquire about payment plans or call around other vets. The humane society may also know where vets charge cheaper or offer payment options. best wishes.

FC94 on September 22, 2012:

My dog was diagnosed with Pyometra today and the doctor recommended surgery. She stoped eating about a week ago but we thought it was the food so we switched it and she ate very little. She drank a lot of water and only last night did she start with vaginal discharge. :( Problem is my mom is out of town she will be back next Friday(a week from now) I don't have the money for the surgery $1600 I had to take my dog to the vet myself. The vet gave her Baytril..he said he was going to check on her the next week. WHEN is it too late for even surgery? Is her infection too advanced by now? She's not eating so I don't see how she's going to be strong enough for a surgery...HELP :'(

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 06, 2012:

oh, no! If she is panting it could be she is in pain from the surgery. Did the vet give you any pain meds? Can you give your vet a call? Many vets will do follow ups for free or a small fee. I hope for the best.

D.Churchill on September 06, 2012:

Well our boxer, Cynammin, is 12 years old and we made the mistake of not having her spayed. She contracted pyometra. Bad decision, if I ever get another boxer, she or he will be fixed. My poor dog is really suffering. We had the surgery, but now she is panting when I left her this morning for work. I do believe she will die when I get home, so I am preparing myself. Thanks everyone for the information. I feel so sad about my pet.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 15, 2012:

Great! best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Nicg on August 14, 2012:

Stitches coming out on Friday. (10 days post op). All well My pet is almost back to herself :-)

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 08, 2012:

Nicg, great to hear you caught this in time. This can really make a big difference! Thank you for sharing you story. I hope all goes for the best, she sounds like a healthy and strong girl! Best wishes for a speedy recovery, keep me updated if you wish!

NicG on August 08, 2012:

My 10 year old Jack Russell/Collie cross is undergoing surgery now (Tuesday) She became lethargic on Sunday. She wouldn’t eat anything and only drank a very small amount. During the night she was panting heavily & then I noticed discharge (obviously the pus draining) She wouldn’t even take a drink and I had to carry her to bring her outside. I rang emergency vet who met me and immediately diagnosed a pyometra. She had a temperature and was very tender but her heart was ok. He gave her an anti-inflammatory and also antibiotic injection, took blood for tests and arranged for her to be admitted the following morning. She was livelier but still wouldn’t drink or eat. Brought her to the vet yesterday morning and she was put on a drip immediately. They did a scan and reckoned that although it’s not too bad I had done the right thing by acting quickly. Her bloods showed her to be healthier than most 10yr olds. It is 'open' and he assured me that it would be a success although mentioning the slight possibility of problems occurring (the scary bit). She looked sad yesterday evening when I called to see her but her temperature was down & she had eaten a small amount. I hated leaving her as she has never been on her own before (She did have a wolfhound as company though) but I knew I had no option. I went to see her this morning but she was already sedated so I couldn’t get in - my vet said she was lively earlier and if all goes well she can come home this evening. I am a nervous wreck waiting but I am very grateful for the information/posts on this site as I'd never heard about Pyometra before.

Roger on August 05, 2012:

We just lost our yorkie to this awful disease. One day she was lively and playful, the next she was gone. At 12 years old we elected not to have the procedure done for fear she would not be able to handle the surgery. Now we second guess ourselves. In our case, once detected, the seriousness of the disease went fast (about 24 hours). I urge anyone reading these comments to PLEASE have your dog spayed early in age to avoid this terrible end of a great relationship with your dog. Once the puss starts draining out it is very often too late. It is awful to see the suffering knowing there is nothing you can do to help.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 24, 2012:

This is something you should really discuss with your vet to see if he may have missed something. At times, in advanced mastitis some dogs may experience loss of appetite, lethargy or fever. This hub may give you some idea for the pills:

https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-give-your-dog-...

Mom542 on July 24, 2012:

We are going throw all of this now, with our 9 year old baby girl. They thought she might have a Pyrometra, but did Xrays/blood work and do not see an enlarged uterus. They are leaning towards a Mammory Gland infection as she has some pus draining from one of her teets. She also has very little puss draining from her Vulva. This all occurred yesterday after noticing the night before, that her breathing was labored, she was shaking (feared a fever) and she didn't eat and was lethargic. Off to the vet the following morning (yesterday 7-23-12). She is on Antibiotic only and we are doing hot compresses. It is important that she eat with the Antibiotic, but I cannot get her to eat anything. Even Bologna which she would have grabbed from my fingers previously. I have placed a call to the Vet today, but am still concerned that maybe she DOES have a Pryrometra, that somehow went undetected in the Xray. Thoughts anyone?

Rick on June 01, 2012:

It is amazing how lack of knowledge could pay such a hjgh cost (fatally) just to love a pet. My parents never allowed me to have a pet of any sort. Now in my fifties I accumalated two collies one spayed one not both from the same kennel. The non spayed developed pyometra at seven years. Did not know what it was or how fatal it can be till I read your feedback columns. Now I'm scared of losing my girlfriend, and I can't bare the thought. My other dog is a year older and a half sister. They are inseperable. I beleive it is time that first time pet owners take a twelve week course on raising, living with and handling of a pet, with all the signs of complications that could arise. No more broken hearts, and loss of a life. This should be mandatory through the SPCA. God love our pets cause we do. I pray for all and hope for the best. I am not too late for mine but it will be a long road to recovery.

Chop Chop Lover on May 29, 2012:

I agree cyndy428 sad but true. I am sorry to hear of your loss and pain. Many Vets charge so much for so little and the test results some use take several days. Time is important for proper diagnosis and to save a life since dogs don't tell you how they feel. I posted my story above in this Hub and now a summary here. I almost lost my rescue chow mix last September, she would not eat and it took almost two weeks for three vets to figure out what she had. And I took her in right away after two days of her not eating and lethargy. The tests results from two vets took several days and she got worse fast. Luckily my third vet was smart, did tests, got results in a couple hours, recommended x-rays and we found it (the pyometra) and did surgery immediately to remove it. He charged me only $1500 for tests and successful surgery and follow-ups.

The previous two vets said she had already been spayed (had a scar) and never found anything after $1000 in tests. One thought she had valley fever--wrong. Anyway she was saved and is doing great and I always recommend friends with dogs not spayed to check for that. Spaying is important!

cyndy428 on May 28, 2012:

I took my female in for an ear infection 9 yrs ago and they did blood work cost over $500. Vet did not even check for Pyometra. Two weeks later was told emergency surgery at $2400 and she had little chance of surviving. Sad at prices charged by many vets and their lack of knowledge. She died horribly. If not breeding a dog then should be spayed

sarah on May 26, 2012:

All three of our dogs had pyometra and survivred theres were closed. Now this other dog has open and is on antibiotics hoping she makes it

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 25, 2012:

Old age is not a disease, if they perform blood work, she may be OK to have surgery. I have seen vets perform this surgery in dogs as old or slightly older as yours with success. See if another vet is willing to give prostglandins and suggests surgery. If you do not have her spayed, the next time she comes into heat, she may likely have another pyometra. Best wishes!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 25, 2012:

Aims, is there an underlying medical condition? I am not sure why your vet is not wanting to perform surgery,the only way I know of that antibiotics will treat a pyometra is if used along with a drug to cause uterine contractions, called prostaglandins. Antibiotics alone will not treat a pyometra. It may be worth it to ask a second opinion.

aims on May 25, 2012:

My dog has just been diagnosed with Pyometra.hers is open. She is 13 and the vet says with or without the surgery she will die. I have her on antibiotics and a pain killer because she also has arthritis. I am giving her a fighting chance just because I know she is strong. I am losing my bestfriend and I can't do anything to help her. Today she was a different dog. She was happy, wanted to play catch. I saw hope in her. Although she doesn't want to eat. I don't want to put her down but I don't want her to suffer. If I put her down I'll never know if she would've beat the odds. I feel very heartbroken and extremely lost. I know if she dies from this it will be painful for both her and myself, but she is a tough girl. Please can I have some advice. Thank you

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 21, 2012:

Starr, I never heard of that! that is awful, I hope they figure out what is causing that; it does not sounds like something that would happen in this condition.

starr on May 21, 2012:

Our 8 year old blue heeler just had the surgery. She also had to have 2 blood transfusions one before and one after surgery. I can only get her to eat chicken breast cooked in the crock pot. She is also losing all her toes and pads on her front paws. It is absolutely horrible. Like some flesh eating disease. We still do not know what is going to happen. There needs to be more awareness about this disease.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 18, 2012:

Thanks K9, you are really kind!