Pyometra Surgery at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic
If your female pet has not been spayed, she runs the risk of contracting a serious secondary infection known as pyometra. This bacterial infection of the uterus can quickly develop into a medical emergency, so it pays for pet owners to understand why this condition occurs, its telltale symptoms, and how surgery can treat the condition. East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic, your trusted Diamond Bar animal hospital, can provide skilled pyometra surgery for your pet.
What Is Pyometra?
Pyometra is an abnormal condition that stems from perfectly normal physical processes. In mature, sexually-intact female animals such as dogs and cats, a boost in the hormone progesterone causes the walls of the uterus thicken two to eight weeks after each phase of estrus (heat) to accommodate a possible pregnancy. If this thickening continues, unchecked by pregnancy, over several heat cycles, a problem called cystic endometrial hyperplasia may develop. Cysts form along the thickened tissue, emitting fluids that can foster bacterial growth. Bacteria can then produce a raging infection that fills the uterus with pus.
Pyometra can cause serious trouble in a very short time. Signs to watch out for may include diarrhea, vomiting, depression, abdominal swelling, jaundice, excess thirst or urination, lethargy, mood changes, and a bloody discharge from the vagina. If you see any of these symptoms in your intact female pet, bring her to our animal hospital immediately.
Pyometra Surgery and Aftercare Explained
Your veterinarian can confirm a diagnosis of pyometra with the aid of diagnostic imaging, urine tests, blood tests, and other techniques. In most cases, immediate surgery is necessary to remove the danger of the infection and keep it from recurring. (Non-surgical treatment is reserved only for breeding animals, and it comes with a high risk for recurrence.) After stabilizing your pet's condition, our pet surgery team will perform a typical spay surgery, or ovariohysterectomy, to remove the uterus and ovaries through an incision in the abdomen.
Recovery from pyometra surgery follows a similar routine to recovery from a standard spay surgery, except that your pet will also take antibiotics for at least 10 days afterward. you will want to limit your pet's activities for at least two weeks so the incision can heal normally. Our team may also prescribe a cone to keep your pet from licking, biting, or chewing the incision.
Call Our Pet Surgery Team Today
Our Diamond Bar pet surgery team can rescue your pet from pyometra. If you are worried about your best friend, call (909) 861-5737 to learn more and let us know that you are on your way to our clinic!