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    Canine Pyometra

    A Critical Condition in Un-Neutered Female Dogs Canine pyometra is a serious and prevalent condition affecting un-neutered female dogs. Studies suggest that 1 in 4 un-neutered females may experience this life-threatening condition before reaching 10 years of age.

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    Causes of Canine Pyometra

    Pyometra means a pus-filled uterus, driven by hormonal changes rather than bacterial infection. The condition often surfaces 1-3 months after a dog has been in heat. Hormonal shifts cause gland enlargement in the uterus, leading to pus formation. If untreated, pyometra can be fatal.

    What Causes Itching in Dogs?

    Vets classify pyometra into open (pus discharges) and closed (no discharge, uterus enlarges). Both require urgent attention, with the closed form posing a serious emergency due to the risk of uterine rupture.

    Signs of Pyometra

    Reduced or loss of appetite. Decreased water intake, leading to dehydration. Vomiting. Bloated appearance with a distended stomach. Visible discharge from the vulva in open pyometra.

    Diagnosis of Pyometra

    Vets confirm the diagnosis through an ultrasound scan of the abdomen, assessing the dog’s condition, kidney function, anemia, and overall system performance through blood tests.

    Treatment of Pyometra

    Surgery: Ovariohysterectomy removes ovaries, uterus, and the source of pus. It’s the most effective treatment, and dogs often show rapid improvement post-surgery. Medical Treatment: Aglepristone injections aim to alter hormones and prompt the body to expel pus. This is considered for dogs where surgery is not advisable due to their health condition.

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