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Elaine Medina | 3 years ago
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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Shiria Seelenlicht
2 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 Seelenlicht
2 years ago

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

Shiria Seelenlicht
2 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
2 years ago

you did the right thing

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2 years ago
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2 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.

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2 years ago

She’ll feel SO MUCH BETTER once she recovers!

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2 years ago

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

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2 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
2 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 Rade
2 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.

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Nicole Bugeja | 3 years ago
I Have A 13 Year Old Mixed Breed Pomeranian Which Was Diagnosed With Open Pyometra…

I have a 13 year old mixed breed pomeranian which was diagnosed with open pyometra a few hours ago. The doctor said that surgery is the best option but obviously it carries risk due to her old age. We gave the dog the injection which goes along with the antibiotic course. Do you think we should operate her (given the risks) or else give the antibiotics a go for maybe 2-3 days?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
The overall opinion of most veterinarians is to do the surgery as quickly as possible. Ideally I hospitalize my patients. Start iv fluids and antibiotics and do the surgery later in the day. If the radiographs and bloodwork indicate it is safe enough. For people with limited finances I provide iv fluids, iv antibiotics, and do surgery ASAP.

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Joseph Edwards | 3 years ago
Is Panting After A Pyometra Surgery Normal? And How Long Can It Go On, She…

Is panting after a pyometra surgery normal? and how long can it go on, she is 30 hours post op? Thank you

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2 years ago

Panting in a situation like this usually indicates some sort of distress. I would call the vet back, to be quite honest.

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2 years ago

I would keep her quiet, on crate rest, at least for the next few days. I’d keep her leashed to you when not crated, and leashed at all times when in the yard.

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2 years ago

Gotcha. I understand how expensive emergency surgery can be. If you can afford it, look into a Surgi Snuggly – they sell them on Amazon, and they’re FANTASTIC for keeping dogs from bothering stitches. They’re a lot more comfortable than a cone, too.

Her appetite will take time. Painkillers tend to reduce their appetite. I would offer anything she’d be willing to eat right now. Plain, unsweetened yogurt is always good, too.

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Kimberly Booth | 3 years ago
Asking For A Friend To Try And Help Get More Information: His 8 Year Old…

Asking for a friend to try and help get more information: His 8 year old pit bull was seen last night at the emergency vet and the diagnosis is pyometra. She has already lost weight from not eating but still drinking plenty of water. Emergency vet is quoting close to $2,000 for surgery which my friend can’t handle right now. Are there any resources out there besides care credit? How long does he have to decide if it will be surgery or euthanasia? Thanks in advance!

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Sarah
3 years ago

So would just add to that for your friend to try to discuss a payment plan directly with your vet. especially being that they are an existing client… I would hope that the vet would rather save the animal and get paid in installments each month (or however they hopefully can work it out) than put the dog down.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello Thank you for reaching out. I’m so sorry to hear about your friends dogs dilemma. We at pawbly, and me in particular are trying very very hard to make economic euthanasia for conditions like pyometra a thing of the past. Here’s my advice. Call! Call!! Cal! Everyone. Start with Helping Hands in Richmond Virginia. Also start with your friends vet. This dog NEEDS to be on iv fluids and antibiotics asap. Then (likely) needs surgery. Call everyone!! And then call them again!! While you are looking for a place to get the surgery done start raising funds. Ask anyone… Read more »

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MICHAEL SEYBOLD | 3 years ago
I Found A Female Stray Schnauzer. Had Fleas And Ticks But Otherwise Looked Healthy Very…

I found a female stray schnauzer. Had fleas and ticks but otherwise looked healthy very energetic sweet personality. Brought her to our regular vet but vet who saw her we never dealt with. He examined her heard a slight heart murmur and 365 later with meds for fleas and antibioitcs for skin and ears. Four days later she stressing out to breathe. Back to vet. 400 later sent home with meds for congestive heart failure. Does great for 2 days. Then starts shaking and very lethargic. Back in. Told she has open pyrometra and surgery is very risky and antibiotcs work against heart meds. They felt most humane thi ng is to eauthanize. So we left w a dead dog another 400 bill and a broken heart. Does ANY of this sound right. How can 2 major conditions be missed on first visit

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Julie Brader
2 years ago

Sorry you’ve had such a rough time with your dog. All I can say is you gave her the best time she’d ever had and saved her a dreadful death alone on the streets. It was a lot for you to deal with and a lot of cash…but in my view money well spent. Very bad luck but you should be proud of yourself for doing it. I wish there were more people like you in this world!

Sarah
3 years ago

Im so sorry that you had to go through all of that, only to lose the dog in the end. Perhaps a civil conversation for clarification and understanding with your vet might be a good idea?

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3 years ago

CHF can be missed if they aren’t looking for it. Usually the only symptom is a cough. Echocardiograms and 24 hour holters are the most reliable ways to diagnose…and neither are inexpensive.

The pyo I can’t answer, though. I’m sorry you went through this, but thank you for giving her the kindness of a peaceful passing. That’s better than she would have had on the street.

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Lorrie Bowers | 3 years ago
I Took Our 11 Year Old Lab To The Vet Today For A Drainage Coming…

I took our 11 year old lab to the vet today for a drainage coming from her vaginal area. She was diagnosed with pyometra open form. Her cbc was ok her ua was positive they put her on clavamox and she is scheduled to be spayed on Thursday. Hoping the antibiotics clear up the infection before surgery. Her appetite is good she is excessively thirsty but seems fine. If not for the drainage I wouldn’t have known she was sick. What is your opinion on being spayed at 11 years old. She has know other illnesses and her joints are fine. The cost has me worried her visit today was 350 not sure for the surgery bill. Thank you

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Jana Rade
3 years ago

I’d consider the surgery being lesser risk than leaving the uterus in. Brother-in-law’s dog just recently was treated with antibiotics only for the pyrometers to come back with a vengeance.

Julie Brader
3 years ago

I agree with Jane….the risk involved.with surgery on an 11 year old dog is much preferable to her Pyometra. It tends to reoccur. Cost is always a worry, I know. Good luck I hope she recovers well.

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3 years ago

I agree with the previous commenters. Please spay her.

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Breige Laming | 3 years ago
My Bengal Cat Was Diagnosed With Pyrometra And I Was Unable To Afford The Surgery…

My Bengal cat was diagnosed with pyrometra and I was unable to afford the surgery 1000-1400 I took her home and treated her with antibiotics and now she is no longer sick. Is the infection just cleared up and she still has the desease or will it come back when she goes into heat? Will she be able to have kittens again?

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3 years ago

Now that the infection has cleared up, I would plan to spay. Directly from a publicly available vet hospital website: “The rate of recurrence of the disease in a treated cat is generally thought to be as high as 50-75%.”

I honestly wouldn’t risk the queen.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Spay her asap. It will very likely come back. Glad to hear that she is better.

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Danielle Bennett | 3 years ago
Yesterday My 9 Year Old Pit Bull Had The Pyometra Surgery. She Seemed Okay…

Yesterday my 9 year old pit bull had the pyometra surgery. She seemed okay when I picked her up but once I got her home she threw up bile. I was hoping it was a one time thing but she has now thrown up 5 times. I tried to to give her the medicine with a little boiled chicken & rice. Unfortunately that didn’t work bc she just threw it right back up. I’m at a loss right now. 🙁

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Sarah
3 years ago

You really need to call your vet who did the surgery right away and let them know what is happening. My guess is that they will want to see her. Good luck.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I agree with Sarah. !! These cases are about removing internal infection from often times very (VERY!!) sick dogs. Please head to the vet to make sure she is recovering safely. If she isn’t acting normally you should always err on the side of caution and see the vet. Hopefully you can turn her around quickly, but they may need to switch her to an injectable antibiotic. Or even continue some iv fluids and antibiotics along with anti emetics.
Very best of luck.

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Kelly Dittrich | 3 years ago
My Dog Was Diagnosed With Pyometra Last Week. The Vet Put Her On Antibiotics For…

My dog was diagnosed with pyometra last week. The vet put her on antibiotics for 20 days. I know this is very serious condition. Is it common for her to still be bleeding?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
Please call your vet and discuss your dogs condition. Also inquire about spaying her to avoid future uterine infections.

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Bobbi Brown | 3 years ago
My Yorkie Was Just Diagnosed With Pyometra. I Had Never Heard Of This Before. Emergency…

My Yorkie was just diagnosed with pyometra. I had never heard of this before. Emergency vet last night, we go to our vet today for blood work and antibiotics. They say they will probably spay her next week. So if they wait will the antibiotics take her infection away? And if antibiotics work for the infection will she have a normal spay? I’ve been reading all kinds of stuff online since last night and this is horrible!

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I am very proactive with this condition. I do an exam, bloodwork and X-rays and then start iv fluids and antibiotics and then spay asap. Good luck.