How to treat the canine pyrometer

The canine pyometra often appears in older bitches or young females who have received some contraceptive treatment or have an irregular estrus. It is one of the most serious diseases because if it is not treated in time it can become deadly. Once the symptoms have been identified, you should go quickly to the veterinarian to diagnose the disease and carry out the pertinent treatment as soon as possible. If your puppy is sad lately or secretes pus through the vagina, she may have this disease. In this article we show you how to treat the canine pyometra and how to prevent it.

How is the canine pyometra diagnosed?

If you detect any of the symptoms of the pyometra in your dog, go quickly to the vet. Once there, he will perform a series of tests to diagnose the disease . Normally the clinical diagnosis is based on the complete revision of the bitch and analysis of vaginal discharge, in cases of open neck pyometra, and the performance of tests and exams to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Thus, the veterinarian must make an x - ray of your dog's abdomen to see if there is a homogeneous mass caused by the infection or not. It may be that the images of this test are not completely clear and an ultrasound is required.

In addition to radiography and ultrasound, the veterinarian will perform a hematology to measure the number of leukocytes and find out if they have increased, since its increase is one of the consequences of the canine pyometra.

If the status of the pyometra is advanced and the veterinarian believes that it may have affected other parts of your dog's body or even lead to other diseases, the analysis and diagnosis will be more complex and other tests will be performed to analyze and evaluate Urea and creatinine, the existence of vaginal tumors, glucose level, etc.

Treatment for the canine pyrometer

Once the disease is detected, the most common treatment used to cure the canine pyometra is surgical . Said surgical treatment consists in carrying out an extirpation of the ovaries and uterus . With this operation, your dog will not be able to get pregnant. However, this is not the only treatment. Depending on the age of the dog, the severity of the disease and the desire of the owner to have a breeding bitch, other methods of healing and avoiding surgery may be employed.

Alternatives to surgery are surgical wiping of the uterus (not excision) or antibiotic treatment. In recent years a new treatment has been tried based on the application of synthetic prostaglandin (PG) F2, which has had good results. The disadvantage of this treatment is that during the first applications it produces side effects in bitches, such as vomiting or abdominal discomfort. However, this treatment can not be applied to all sick bitches. In cases of closed neck pyrometer there are some limitations, and in very serious states of the disease it must be treated by surgery. The treatment of PG is slow and the first results should be observed after 48h from the first application, therefore it is not an adequate treatment for bitches in serious condition.

According to the case of canine pyrographer and his state, the veterinarian will opt for one treatment or another, never treat your dog on your own.

How to prevent the canine pyometra?

The canine pyrograph can be avoided by taking into account some considerations. The first one is that you eliminate contraceptive treatments or use them on specific occasions, since the side effects that they will produce in your dog can even end their life. Another way to prevent the pyometra is to carry out exhaustive controls on the reproductive system of your dog, at the veterinarian's expense, at the time of the postpartum.

If your female has very close psychological pregnancies, immediately go to the veterinarian for a full review, because you can have a dog monitor. And, as a last option, the most effective method of prevention is to operate your dog so that it can not have puppies, because if it does not have a reproductive organ it is impossible to contract a pyometra. However, check with your veterinarian what is most appropriate for your dog to make the right decision.