Suzie visited Adelaide Animal Hospital when her family were really concerned that she was not well. She had not been herself for a few days and had been vomiting. When Veterinarian, Dr Nina Bray examined her she was concerned Suzie may have a uterus infection (Pyometra). Suzie is an adult dog and is not desexed and Dr Nina noted discharge from her vulva.
Pyometra is a condition most commonly associated with entire adult female dogs. Often these dogs have had a season or been mated in the past few weeks. Early signs can include discharge from the vulva, vomiting, inappetance or anorexia, lethargy, a distended abdomen and an increase in drinking and urinating. Pyometra can be prevented by desexing or sterilisation. The recommended time for desexing (also called neutering or speying) for female dogs is 5-6 months of age, before they have had a season.
In Suzie's case she was so ill that she was admitted to hospital straight away. She had some blood tests, IV fluids and antibiotics before going to emergency surgery. Dr Bray removed her infected uterus - which weighed 2 kilograms!
Due to her severe uterus infection, she also had blood infection (sepsis). This meant that Suzie needed to stay in intensive care for the following six days. During this time she had lots of pain relief, antibiotics intravenously, Caniplas, a protein transfusion and lots of hugs and attention from our veterinary nursing team.
On her second day in hospital, still not feeling well enough to eat, Suzie had a nasal feeding tube placed so that the veterinary nurses could feed her until the time when she was well enough to eat for herself again. Thankfully this was only needed for a short time!
As a great credit to Suzie's determination and the dedication of her owners, Suzie has made a full recovery. She is now at home enjoying her family life and getting up to her usual mischief.