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Pyometra and Spaying Your Pet

From the desk of Dr. Katelyn Sharpe:

Hi there! I wanted to take a few moments to explain something that is near and dear to my heart: spaying and neutering. Both will take a few minutes to discuss, so I will first cover spaying and the important reasons why, and in a few weeks explain neutering. So let’s begin…

Spaying or Ovariohysterectomy is the process of surgically sterilizing, by removing both the ovaries (2) and uterus. Since this is a surgery that requires anesthesia, here at Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, we require an extensive evaluation of your pet to try to eliminate any potential risks. Based on the exam and bloodwork, an appropriate anesthetic protocol will be established for your pet to ensure the safest procedure possible.

But if anesthesia is so risky, why bother spay your pet? There are many different reasons to spay, including overpopulation, prevention of mammary cancer, and the one we will focus on today, pyometra.  A pyometra is an infection in the uterus, where the uterus is full of pus. This is a life-threatening disease because the uterus has a potential of leaking into the abdomen if stretched too much, and thus causing a very, very sick pet. Since this is a very critical diagnosis, it requires an emergency surgery, that can cost thousands of dollars, all of which could have been avoided. As you can see in the video, the first image is much smaller because the patient has not gone through a heat cycle. The second and third images show an unhealthy uterus that is much larger, has gone through multiple heat cycles, and has caused a moderate amount of abdominal pain and stress to the patient because of its size. Unfortunately, these are commonly seen at Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, which makes this very important to discuss.

Well I am being called to my next appointment. If you have any questions about spaying your pet, please do not hesitate to call or set up an appointment to discuss this with our veterinarians, including myself. We would all love to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Can’t wait to see you and your pet!