HI Everyone. My 12 year old female japanese spitz has pyometra. It breaks our hearts…

HI Everyone. My 12 year old female japanese spitz has pyometra. It breaks our hearts as we had her since I was just in gradeschool. We were advised that she needs to undergo surgery but we are kinda hesitant because we do not know if she can still survive the surgery with her age. My mom does not want to let her undergo the surgery but me and my dad wants to take the risk of giving her the treatment. Please I am begging you to please give me an advice so that I can fully decide. I love my dog so much and I don’t know what to do. Thank you all.

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Elaine Medina
Elaine Medina
4 years ago

Thank you so much for the response. We are just concerned because she is already 12 years old. But I would really like to give her the proper treatment that she needs.

Elaine Medina
Elaine Medina
4 years ago

Thank you! She’ll be under observation by the vet within 24 hours. The vet says that there might be a complication like liver failure but we are all hoping that it won’t happen. My dog is a strong fighter and I am praying and hoping that she’ll survive this and she can go home healthy and back to our arms again.

Elaine Medina
Elaine Medina
4 years ago

UPDATE! Hello Everyone! Thank you all for all your amazing responses. We just had her undergo the surgery earlier and she is still recovering as of the moment. 2kg of angry uterus filled with puss was removed from her. Thank you all so much!

Elaine Medina
Elaine Medina
4 years ago

Yes thank you! We are not aware of this kind of sickness in dogs though. We do not have the intention of breeding her and she was also our first dog. I immediately told this to my friends who owns a dog because it is very life risking for our loving pets.

Elaine Medina
Elaine Medina
4 years ago

Hi all, I just think you also need to know about this. My dog just got discharged from the veterinary clinic after being confined for 2 days. She is now doing pretty good and is now starting to eat again. She could now also stand and walk slowly but we still make sure to be there to support her while she tries to walk. She is taking a lot of medicines right now including antibiotics and vitamins. I am really proud of her as she was so strong. When I went to the vet and she sees me, she immediately… Read more »

Shiria
4 years ago

I would do the surgery – yes thwere is a risk and it may be higher due to her age, but at least she has a chance. If she is otherwise fine, I think she has good chances to survive thew surgery. To determine that I would do blood work and a check up before the surgery.

If she doesn’t survive – you at least know that you did everything you could to help her. Pyometra is not nice – I only knew it from cats and rats and both suffered without surgery.

Shiria
4 years ago

I wish only the best for you and your dog! You did the right thing!

Shiria
4 years ago

That sounds very good! I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks a lot for letting us know how it went :).

Indiana Carroll
Indiana Carroll
4 years ago

you did the right thing

Indiana Carroll
Indiana Carroll
4 years ago
Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

Whatever you do, PLEASE act quickly. Pyo just killed a young Doberman bitch from my breeder – she was at a show, came down with a fever, and she was gone within a day.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

She’ll feel SO MUCH BETTER once she recovers!

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

Well…let’s just say you got VERY lucky. VERY.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thanks for the update, Elaine! For the future, if you have a bitch in your home and keep her intact for proper growth and maturity, try to spay earlier than 12. 😉 For larger breed dogs, 4 seems to be a good age…assuming there’s no cancer in the lines.

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

I agree with Jana. I always tell my clients that I would rather know that fate dealt a hard hand with me trying everything I could to give my pets the happiest and healthiest quality of life possible. Then to not try at all.

Jana
4 years ago

Elaine, so sorry about your baby. I believe that she is more likely to survive the surgery than the pyometra. Do a pre-op blood work and wellness exam to catch any specific issues that might need to be accommodated for with the anesthesia protocol or issues that would prevent the surgery. Anesthesia protocols can be adjusted and are quite safe these days. I do believe her chances are better with than without the surgery.