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EMILY HAD BELLY ACHE

Veterinaris Montuiri - pyometra

A few weeks ago we attended Emily for an emergency visit, she is a 9 year old Golden Retriever dog that had not feel well for several days and didn’t want to eat. She had been in season recently but was still spotting vaginally. The owners were very worried as she did not want to go out for a walk.

During the physical examination, Emily was found to have hypothermia, ie, temperature lower than normal, weak pulse and abdominal pain. After the examination and an abdominal ultrasound, Emily was diagnosed of pyometra.

A pyometra is a disease caused by a uterine infection in which a large amount of purulent material (pus) accumulates in the uterus. The bacteria that cause the infection produce substances harmful to the animal that can give alterations at the hepatic and renal level. Occasionally, there may even be perforations in the uterus, due to the large accumulation of material, which can cause peritonitis or, in the worst case, even death.

Veterinaris Montuiri - ultrasound

We did a general analysis to Emily in order to evaluate her general condition in the face of surgery, since the recommended treatment in these cases is emergency surgery. This consists of an ovariohysterectomy or commonly known as sterilization. The cause of this infection in the uterus is a hormonal imbalance during estrus that can be prevented by early sterilization. It must be taken into account that the surgical risk is greater in a surgery in which the animal is ill than if it is done in a preventive way in a healthy animal.

Emily had greatly increased liver parameters, as well as an increase in her white blood cells due to infection and anemia.

After stabilizing her and performing the surgery, Emily began to improve rapidly. She began to have appetite, to increase her temperature and of course to stop having that abdominal pain as a result of her infection in the uterus. At 72 hours, she was descharged from the hospital to rest at home. To this day, the owners say she has rejuvenated a few years.

Veterinaris Montuiri - neutering

Sterilization is a routine surgery that is recommended in females from 6 months of age. There are studies that show that the earlier the surgery is performed, the less chance of any hormone-dependent tumor.

Surgery involves the removal of the ovaries, horns of the uterus and the uterus itself. A small incision is made at the abdomen, which in 7-10 days heals completely. Once healed, the stitches are removed.

It is recommended to perform a blood test before, to make sure that the animal is in perfect condition as well as to guarantee a successful surgery.

As with any other surgery, the day of the surgery, the animal should come fasting for at least 12 hours. Once discharged from the hospital, which occurs usually the same day, you can gradually administer her the food.

In conclusion, a routine act, such as sterilization, in time, can avoid many other complications and / or diseases such as: Unwanted pregnancies, escapes from home and accidents, pseudopregnancies, pyometras, cancer.

If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact the Mallorca Veterinaris team. We will kindly inform you of everything about sterilization, taking advantage of our sterilization campaign.

Pati Salinas

 
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