Uterine inflammation or pyometra in the dog
Uterine inflammation or pyometra in the dog is a common condition in the non-sterilized bitch. With timely treatment (an operation) the prospects, even for an old dog, are fine.
In which dogs do we see uterine inflammation?
All non-sterilized bitches from any dog ??breed can develop uterine inflammation. As the dog gets older, the risk of uterine inflammation increases. Of all non-sterilized bitches developed about 25% or a uterine inflammation, or mammary gland tumors, or both!
What are the symptoms of a dog with uterine inflammation?
Pussy white-yellow to reddish brown outflow to the vulva (but not always!)
Drink a lot, pee a lot
Very red mucous membranes
How do we diagnose uterine inflammation?
When pus comes out of the vulva, the diagnosis is obvious. In a number of cases, however, this is not the case and the uterus can be made visible with ultrasound or X-ray. If it is not yet clear, then blood tests can offer a solution. The latter is always wise to exclude other causes of for example drinking a lot and a lot of peeing. It happens quite often that a dog with uterine inflammation also has a kidney problem or diabetes.
What is the treatment of uterine inflammation?
Uterine inflammation dog. Normally the uterus has the maximum thickness of a pen!
There is really only one possibility and that is sterilization. Here the entire uterus is removed. In addition, we always apply an infusion to remove the ingested toxins from the uterus from the body as quickly as possible. With an antibiotic treatment and painkillers, the dog can usually go home the same day.
How big is the chance of success?
In case of timely treatment, the success rate of a uterine removal is almost 100%. In case of untimely treatment there is a great risk that the uterus with pus snaps into the abdominal cavity. This is a very serious complication in which the chance of success decreases. A timely visit to the vet is therefore of great importance in uterine inflammation.
Can I prevent uterine inflammation?
Yes! Sterilization at a young age prevents uterine inflammation. Even in dogs where only the ovaries have been removed, uterine inflammation can no longer occur. Moreover, the risk of mammary gland tumors decreases drastically.