Piometra in Bitches – Symptoms and Treatment

You know what the canine pyometra is ? Is your bitch suffering from it? In this article by YourCatCareguide we will explain to you what are the symptoms of this disease so that you can identify it. In addition, we will also explain what is the recommended treatment for canine pyometra.

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This infectious disease is not contagious and is very common in bitches older than 5 years, although it can occur at any age (as long as they are sexually mature, that is, they have had an estrus). If you do not act quickly, the life of the bitch can be seriously complicated.

Keep reading and find out all about piometra in bitches , their symptoms and proper treatment for the disease.

What is pyometra?

It is a uterine infection , with a large accumulation of pus and secretions inside. Depending on whether this pus comes out through the vagina and vulva, the pyometra are classified as open and closed. Of course, the closed ones are usually more serious and difficult to diagnose.

What are the causes of pyometra?

There is no clear triggering cause , but it has been proven that the time of greatest risk is between 6 and 8 weeks after the end of heat, because at this point the cervix begins to close.

It seems that the hormonal influences of progesterone (hormone secreted by the corpus luteum of the ovary) cause cysts in the endometrium (the innermost lining of the uterus) and a secretion of mucus in the endometrium, which together with the entry of bacteria, considerably increase the risk of infection .

What are the most common symptoms of pyometra?

The first symptoms are nothing specific, such as loss of appetite and lethargy (the dog is apathetic, erased, with little response to stimuli). In the case of an open pyometra, one begins to observe the exit of a secretion between mucosa and bloody by the vagina and vulva, being able to be even confused with an estrus, on the part of the owners.

Then the bitch begins to show polyuria (increases the volume of urine, causing very long voids, and even not tolerating the pee) and polydipsia (greatly increases the water intake).

If the disease is not diagnosed and treated, shock and septicemia (generalized infection) are triggered, and may even lead to the death of the animal. It is therefore necessary to consult the veterinarian when you notice the first symptoms.

Recommended treatment for pyometra

It is always advisable to ovariohysterectomy (surgical castration), which would be the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus, in addition to antibiotic treatment . It is an effective treatment, as long as the infection is not widespread and the condition of the animal is adequate. In the case of generalized infection, the prognosis usually worsens.

In the case of bitches with a high reproductive value, treatment with antibiotics, as well as drainage and lavage of the uterus, can be attempted. The results in this treatment are usually unsatisfactory.

This article is purely informative, in YourCatCareguide.com.br we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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