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Lydia C | 4 years ago
My 11 Years Old Dog Just Had Pyometra Surgery On May 3rd, Stayed In The…

My 11 years old dog just had pyometra surgery on May 3rd, stayed in the clinic and got discharged on 6th. When she got home she still oozing out fluids from her stitches and the doc said I only need to clean it up and try to push the skin a bit to let the fluids out, also we got an ointment to be applied on the stitches to make it faster to dry. But just yesterday (9th) we kinda discovered that there’s another fluid came out from her vagina as well, I asked the vet and he didn’t say anything, I just googled and found out it’s probably a remains from the post-op pyometra. I’m just unsure why there’s still vaginal discharge eventhough it’s already 7 days post-op? for the first day she came home, we didn’t know that it’s very forbidden that her to not lick her wounds, but it happened already and now her stitches are still wet (we clean it up continuosly, sometimes let her wearing a towel wrapped on her body).
*My concern is: * She still doesn’t want to eat, at all. She was already losing appetite around 7-10 days before surgery, but at that time we thought it’s because of her heat so we only gave her vitamins and keep force-feeding her with baby’s porridge. After surgery until now (7 days post-op), she doesn;t want to eat, and literally becomes lazier and doesn’t want to do anything other than sleeping the whole day. Sometimes she would get up to pee but that’s just it. She also had difficulties to poo, I’m not sure is it because she barely eat or what… she only ate a very small bowl of porridge that we force-fed her.
Expression wise she looks pretty healthy, I feel like her eyes are ‘alive’ and generally pretty happy. She’s still sometimes responding to us by wagging her tail, or barking when a stranger came into our house. But she’s lazy in general. I wouldn’t say ‘weak’, because her eyes are just bright. Sometimes she also breathes weirdly, there’s a weird noise as if there’s something in her nose. But there are times she doesn’t make a sound o_O it happens especially when she’s sleeping peacefully.
I really don’t know what to do, I have a very difficult time to bring her to the vet because we don’t have a car and this is a big dog. None of the vets are willing to pick up either. Please let me know what should I do…. thank you.
Attachment: The reddish color in her stitches are not blood, it’s the ointment the doc gave us. The fluids looks a lot in the photo, but it’s because it’s been left to sleep all night and this morning we opened the towel to clean it up, so I took the photo first. I meant to show you the most fluids, because on average since we clean it up and also there’s a towel, so it’s not flooding like waterfall.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

pyometras happen because people don’t spay their dogs. I think she needs to see a vet asap.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
Please go back to the vet. Or seek a second opinion. I really expect her to be feeling better by now. I hope they do an exam, bloodwork to look at her CBC and admit her for fluids and antibiotics. That’s a rough idea of where I would start. I also think an X-ray to make sure there isn’t any free abdominal fluid is a good idea. I really hope she is ok. Let me know what happens please.

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Renee Hollier | 4 years ago
My Dog Has Pyometra And Another Issue Where Her Intestines Arent Absorbing Nutrients. She Has…

My dog has pyometra and another issue where her intestines arent absorbing nutrients. She has had some fluid in her abdomen. The vet initially said we could do surgery to remove her uterus. She was worried about healing after surgery because her immune system is down. We are considering a plasma transfusion but still concerned how she would do. Also the vet is worried about her inability to absorb nutrients after the surgery. She isnt sure what the best option is. My dog has been on antibiotics for two weeks but her immune system hasnt gotten much better. Has anyone experienced this with their dog?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your dog. Without knowing the type of immune system disease and much more about your dog I can’t offer much assistance. I would say that it might be helpful to ask for a referral to a specialist or ask your vet of a thorough work up was done to assess her overall health. Like a fecal exam or ultrasound. I get a little nervous not treating a pyometra without immediate surgery. I also think that a festering uterine infection is not going to help over overall health. Very best of luck!

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Marsha Ashbaugh | 4 years ago
Hi My Vet Is Recommending That I Spay My Chihuahua. She Has Told Me…

Hi my vet is recommending that I spay my chihuahua. She has told me that this reduces mammary cancer and pyometra. I know this is true but I really hate to do this. I am trying to force myself to do it. I hate to put her in pain and I know if I were an animal and could not speak I would pray my owner not do this to me. I will not be breeding her. I only want what is best for her but as a human being never having children by choice I would not have wanted to have my ovaries and uterus removed even if the chance of cancer was over 25%. Even now I would not want it. I just do not want to do something to her that I would not want done to myself. Especially at so young an age as she is 7 1/2 months. I only want to do what is best for her. They are telling me she will be under anesthesia but when she comes home this will be very painful. I know animals feel pain. They are saying it is different for a dog and not like a hysterectomy but how can it be different? How can an animal not feel pain after having this done? They are saying they heal faster but it must be painful having internal organs removed. I know this is done all the time but this is not a good enough reason to spay her. I would only want to spay her if her life depended on it or if she would be pain free until she was completely healed. Previous to her I had an intact male chihuahua who lived to 15. He was never used as a stud. I really am not concerned if I am called an irresponsible or bad owner I only want to do what will help her and not do anything harmful to her or what she would not want not having the ability to choose what to do for herself. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you

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Sue Birch
3 years ago

I also recommend spay. It will improve her quality of life, protect her from the likely hood of pyometra and cancer, and the vet should be able to provide post op pain medication for her. It will save her from having to go thru heat cycles with her hormones fluctuating, she will be safer from the attention of other dogs outside, and there will no longer be the risk of her accidentally getting loose and getting pregnant – which if done by a large dog could be dangerous to her and could alter result in her having to have oversize… Read more »

Sarah
3 years ago

I am a strong proponent for spaying and neutering for health reasons and also overpopulation issues. I understand your concern for your pet, but it is medically proven that the risk of certain cancers and deadly diseases is highly reduced and even avoided when an animal is spayed/neutered. I would not willingly set my pet up for a painful disease and long, drawn out situation. I would spay my pet. Very best of luck to you in your decision process.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I strongly encourage you to overcome your personal fears and do what is best for your dog. Never let fear guide you. Dogs can and do die from pyometras all the time. And overwhelmingly it is because people were too afraid or cost conscious to spay. Also pain medications can be provided upon request so pain is not a reason to wait or hesitate. Get her spayed and talk to your vet about all of the extra precautions they can take to insure the most painfree and safe spay possible. Ask about iv fluids, patient monitoring, keeping her warm, managing… Read more »

Jana Rade
3 years ago

Well, it is a tough one for sure. Pyometra or mammary cancer are major risks, though. Pyometra can be deadly very quickly. Not every case shows discharge that is easy to identify and those cases are actually more dangerous as the pus is not draining. Based on what is known at this time, I believe that the question isn’t really whether to spay/neuter but rather WHEN. There is good reasoning to wait with this until a dog is fully mature and growth plates are closed. There are differences between breeds in when this is; generally the larger the breed the… Read more »

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Siwar Louati | 4 years ago
My Staffordshire Terrier Is Breaking My Heart. About 10 Days Ago She Was Diagnosed With…

My Staffordshire Terrier is breaking my heart. About 10 days ago she was diagnosed with pyrometra. After a “successful” op she was allowed home. She had not eaten in a week properly except me hand feeding her raw eggs if I could. Up until the other day she was doing great! Eating all sorts, keen to go out and about – really thought she was on the mend. Now she is back to not eating. I tried the raw egg trick which I thought worked until my little petal threw up. It’s breaking my heart – don’t know what to do – could the op have failed her and spread elsewhere?

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3 years ago

Back to the vet with you. Seriously.

A friend of mine spayed her Dobe bitch and in recovery, the dog crashed badly. Needed round the clock care for awhile. This was WITHOUT extenuating circumstances like pyo. Get her to the vet NOW.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Have you called your vet? Please do! She needs to be examined and have some diagnostics done (probably bloodwork and maybe even an X-ray).. she should be better by now and I am worried she needs professional intervention inmediately. I hope she is ok.

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Juan Montelongo | 4 years ago
I Got A 7yr Old Female Dog Diagnosed With Pyometra About 2 Weeks Ago …

I got a 7yr old female dog diagnosed with pyometra about 2 weeks ago , its
Never too late to go into surgery? I dont want her losing anymore weight so this week im heading to the vet.

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3 years ago

I don’t understand why you’ve waited 2 weeks. Pyometra is deadly if not treated.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

She should be seen immediately and have surgery as quickly as possible.

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Christel S | 4 years ago
My Pet Has Been Diagnosed With Pyometra And Renal Failure. I Don’t Want Her To…

My pet has been diagnosed with pyometra and renal failure. I don’t want her to suffer. Is it better to euthanize her. Or try to stabilize. The Vet says she will try to stabilize her, but she is so sick she can’t even walk or hold her head up.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I don’t know enough about your dog to comment appropriately. I presume the renal failure is acute and due to the pyometra. I would always try to save these dogs. I always do try. In my opinion this diseaseshoukd always be attempted to treat and cure. I hope she is ok

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies.

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Jamie Vallete | 4 years ago
My Dog Is In Surgery Right Not For Pyometra, Yes I Feel Horrible And I…

My dog is in surgery right not for pyometra, yes I feel horrible and I know it’s my fault. Luckily I qualified for care credit. My husband isn’t all too happy but he is deployed and she is the only reason I can sleep at night, she makes me feel safe. Anyhow I’m super worried because her potassium was at 7.7 pre op and they said her kidneys were malfunctioning ( trying to shut down). Was it a good idea to go into surgery with her potassium there? If they didn’t do surgery it wouldn’t be too anyways right?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

In my experience surgical excision if the infected uterus is the best way to provide her the best possible prognosis. Best of luck

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TATIANNA MORALES | 4 years ago
Hello! If A Dog Has A Pyometra Surgery, She The Dog Still Have Pus In…

Hello! If a dog has a pyometra surgery, she the dog still have pus in its pee and vaginal discharge? Is it normal after the surgery? The vet had me come back in, and said she saw something that was left behind on the sonogram! She wants to do another surgery to get it out. She said its small and she would only need to make a small incision to get it out. Is this normal procedure?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello
I am not sure what your vet is seeing and I don’t know enough about your dog to comment directly. If you me dog is still having discharge and the vet believes there is a source to the infection that is still present then it is probably best to follow their advice. If you are concerned about the cost or surgery you might be able to inquire about trying to resolve the infection with antibiotics and seeing if this resolves it? Certainly you could always also seek a second opinion.
Best of luck

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shipra mathur | 4 years ago
Hi, My 12 Year Old Female Spitz Dog (13kgs) Is Diagnosed With Mild Pyometra (open) With…

Hi,
My 12 year old female spitz dog (13kgs) is diagnosed with Mild pyometra (open) with cystic ovary (12mm to 33mm) and has thickened uterus than normal. Please suggest if this can be cured through medication? Can surgery be avoided or is it risky?
Thanks for your help!

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I agree with Dawn. Completely. Thanks Dawn!

Dawn Ferara, DVM
3 years ago

Surgery is the best treatment for this condition. Medical treatments tend to not work and surgery may need to be done anyway. Surgery can be riskier in an unhealthy animal, having a pyometra can increase the surgical risk. However, age on its own does not increase the surgical risk in a healthy dog. A pyometra can be a deadly condition which needs to be dealt with immediately.

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Marcus Cousin | 4 years ago
My Kitty Is Having Pyometra Surgery Tomorrow And As Of Now She Has A Dirty…

My kitty is having pyometra surgery tomorrow and as of now she has a dirty bottom. Should I disturb and chase her trying to clean it or just continue to let her sleep?

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Let her sleep. As long as it is sleeping and not depression or illness due to the infection. If she is not acting normally she needs to go to the vet immediately. Otherwise let her rest and don’t stress her.
Good luck. I hope she does well.