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Vet Corner with Boyd Harrell, DVM

Pyometra: The Disease of the Unspayed

Pyometra is a serious, often life-threatening infection of the uterus. The most common signs are loss of appetite, depression, and increased drinking and urinating. There may or may not be any visible discharge. Large volumes of bacteria and fluid accumulate in the uterus giving off strong toxins that circulate in the bloodstream. These toxins can lead to failure of major organs like the kidneys and liver. If you think this sounds gross, you're right! 

An expensive emergency ovariohysterectomy (spay) to remove the female organs is the only recommended treatment. Medical treatment alone won't solve the problem. You can completely avoid this serious health risk and expense easily and safely by spaying your dog or cat before their first heat cycle.

Pyometra

Nina (pictured above) arrived at a veterinary clinic with an advanced case of pyometra. The emergency surgery would have cost over $1,000, and her family wasn't able to afford the cost. Luckily, the clinic worked with a local nonprofit spay/neuter clinic and were able to refer her over to them for a lifesaving surgery. Her family is incredibly grateful, and Nina is now doing well.

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