In some female dogs, there is no vaginal discharge of pus after the heat period. The owner notices that the female dog just licks her vulval discharge daily for more than a week but thinks it is normal. Actually, it is the start of the pyometra (womb bacterial infection). The dog may vomit a bit or become lethargic but nothing more. Some owners note a swelling in the abdomen.
The womb closes and so the bacterial pus accumulates inside, bloating up the uterine tubes till the dog becomes toxic and not eating.
Below are two cases of closed pyometra I had operated upon. Closed pyometra are life-threatening to the dogs. Delays in seeking veterinary treatment have resulted in deaths that can be prevented by spaying your female dog when she is younger.
Cavalier King Charles, 6 years. Closed Pyometra. Survived. Singapore. Toa Payoh Vets Cavalier King Charles, 6 years. Closed Pyometra. Survived. Singapore. Toa Payoh Vets
Closed Pyometra in a 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles. Woke up <2 minutes at the completion of surgery. Went home to a happy family.
Miniature Schnauzer, 9 years. Vomiting, Bloated Stomach. Closed Pyometra. Toa Payoh Vets Miniature Schnauzer, 9 years. Vomiting, Bloated Stomach. Closed Pyometra. Toa Payoh Vets
Closed Pyometra in a 9-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. Took >120 minutes to wake up after the completion of surgery. Intensive I/V drips and monitoring. Lethargy. Sleepy. She was in the twilight zone as she resisted the pull of the dark forces of death. Went home at Day 2.
If you do not wish to spay your dog, be observant of the older female dog (over 3 years of age) for the next 8 weeks after her heat period. Is her bleeding fresh red and clean which is normal? Normal bleeding of fresh red blood lasts around 7-14 days and return in around 6-monthly interval. This is just a guideline. Cases to be aware of are female dogs cycling every 4 monthly or irregularly.
passing pus from the vagina for the past 5 months. very old dog. surgery. pyometra. toapayohvets, singaporeWATCH OUT FOR THE FOLLOWING:
* Has she any brownish yellowish sticky vaginal discharge during and especially after two weeks of bleeding? You will need to use a clean piece of tissue to wipe against the private parts and check yourself.
* Is she licking her vulva daily and frequently? Consult your vet promptly.
* Has she got false pregnancy (milk in her nipples and enlarged nipples though she has never been pregnant, strange behaviour - aggressive, withdrawn, vomiting, carrying a toy around to a safe area)?
* Has she got tumours in her breast area?
Do seek prompt treatment when pyometra occurs instead of waiting till it is highly risky to operate as in the June 2011 case I operated on and described in Pyometra in a 16-year-old Maltese X.
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