Lucky escape for Tess the Border Collie

Tess, is a beautiful 2 year old female blue Border Collie who came to the clinic as her owner was concerned that she was not eating and was restless at home. Tess was also not desexed as her owner thought he might like to breed from her.

A thorough examination was done and Tess had a swollen vulva and a discharge, which isn't normal. A blood test was also done which revealed a high white cell count that indicated an infection occurring in the body. An ultrasound was performed at the clinic which showed a fluid filled uterus. This confirmed that Tess had a Pyometra.

Pyometra is an infection of the uterus and occurs in undesexed females, cats and dogs and can occur in any breed. It can develop anytime after their first season (or heat) and is not a contagious disease. The risk of developing Pyometra increases with age. Tess was taken into surgery straight away as Pyometra can be life threatening if left untreated. Tess will need to be on medications at home and will need a special low fat diet for a few days but she is expected to make a full recovery.

We strongly recommend that all animals should be desexed. If they are breeding females, then they should be desexed once they have finished being bred from.

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