Pyometra Surgery for Pets at Richview Animal Hospital
At the Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, we understand your pet is family and it deserves the very best in care. From your very first visit, our veterinarian can help you keep your pet happy and by providing routine exams and treatment for diseases, such as pyometra surgery.
Symptoms of Pyometra
Pyometra is a serious infection of the uterus in dogs. This condition can be life-threatening if it is not treated immediately. This secondary infection is a result of hormonal changes in a female dog’s reproductive system that occurs when white blood cells are prohibited or blocked from entering the uterus during the heat cycle. Puppies and dogs with pyometra may display pus or an abnormal discharge on the skin and hair under the tail or on bedding and furniture where the dog lays. They may also experience fever or seem extremely lethargic.
How it’s Diagnosed
If you suspect your dog has pyometra, your veterinarian will perform a blood test to check for an increased white blood count. X-rays may also be given in order to see if the uterus is enlarged. An ultrasound may also be helpful in examining the ovaries.
Surgery for Pyometra
The preferred method of treatment for pyometra is surgery. During the pyometra surgery, your veterinary clinic will remove the infected uterus and ovaries of the pet. If the disease is caught in the very early stages, the prognosis is good. Dogs that are gravely ill may require extensive hospitalization with IV fluids. After surgery, your veterinary clinic will typically give a round of antibiotics to stave off any infection.
If you have a dog and intend to breed her for puppies, there may be an alternative form of treatment to help avoid removal of the ovaries and uterus. If the dog is in the beginning stage of the illness, prostaglandins may be given to help relax and open the cervix to expel the bacteria. In some cases, this method of treatment doesn’t work and surgery will be necessary to save the life of the dog.
Schedule an Appointment Today With Richview Animal Hospital
If you live in Etobicoke and have a dog that with symptoms of pyometra, contact the Richview Animal Hospital at (416) 245-8805 to schedule an appointment today. Aside from pyometra, we provide treatment for a wide range of conditions and can perform routine exams to keep your pet happy and healthy.