My sweet 9 year old Australian Cattle Dog was spayed when she was about a year old, according to her adoption paperwork. However, she has always had a bit of a “heat cycle,” with some bleeding twice a year. The vet told us not to worry about it.
Now, all these years later, I have this suspicion that she has stump pyometra. However…she has no clear symptoms, only some lingering brown discharge and a slightly saggy belly, a few months after her pseudo-heat cycle. She just had her annual exam, and the vet said everything looked fine. She is eating (a little less than she used to), drinking (not excessively), playing (like a senior dog), eliminating (no diarrhea or increased urination or incontinence), happy, etc. BUT I still have this suspicion.
I am normally not an overly protective pet person. Our other beloved dog died in May, and I worry that my grief is impacting my decision-making skills. Should I subject my poor old girl to testing for stump pyometra even though she isn’t acting ill? I couldn’t bear to stress her out unnecessarily in her golden years…
-Some weight loss over the past 6 months, but she was chubby before and also grieved the loss of her dog companion with a short hunger strike
-Slightly saggy belly, but no indication of pain when examined
-Reluctant to jump up onto the bed/couch (vet says this is normal for her age)
-Occasional brown discharge, very small amounts
-Occasional white drop of liquid seen on her vaginal area
-Sometimes looks directly at me and seems sad, like she needs something and can’t figure out how to tell me (or maybe she just wants a treat!)
Am I just being paranoid because I can’t bear the thought of losing another dog so soon? I love her and want to do the right thing. She is stoic, and I’m not sure she would let on if she was in pain. Thank you for your opinion. <3