I would like to know how common this is in younger aged dogs. My doxie has been diagnosed with having a uteral infection. After speaking with the vet today they are at this point unsure if it is a false pregnancy or a uteral infection. Has anyone experienced this with their pet and could give me some insight?
what i have learned is that this comes usually in older females not spayed. have seen several dogs die from this, it is very unpleasant. surgery is quite expensive and there is a bit of a recovery time. some have the surgery and then just can't recover. did your vet say your pet had this? there is usually a discharge, when the uterus fills with, excuse me, I hate the word, puss, that is when you know it is pyometra.
i took her to the vet on saturday evening because she was not eating. I thought it was simply because she was a little car sickbecause we were traveling for memorial weekend. The vet said she was running a fever of 103.9 and they opted to keep her at that point. her breasts were swollen and had milk in them, she has recently went through heat(menstration) for the first time back in april. (She just turned a year old this month) basically the vet said that the uterus is swollen a little, they have done blood work and took x-rays. On monday the vet said that it was a false pregnancy and she did not have the pyometra, now as of yetserday they were unsure and they wanted to do a sono this morning to make sure that is not the case before they release her... If this is what she does have then it is in early stages, i have not seen any (puss) in any form. She has been drinking a lot of water and urinating a lot. i am just worried and hope that it is NOT a Pyometra....
I'm glad your vet is doing a ultrasound as well. There are two forms of Pyo. Closed or Open. Open is where you see puss draining from the vulva. Closed means the cervix is closed and the puss can't escape. Both are a very dangerous condition. However, I've heard of Vets too quickly diagnosing any type of discharge in bitch's as Pyo. Could be she has some other form of infection...bladder, urinary tract, bacterial of some other form, etc. The ultrasound will conclude if it's Pyo or not. Dogs with Pyo usually get sick VERY fast. They can vomit, be lethargic, run high fevers, etc. Did your Vet run a white count on her? This blood test will determine if her white count is within normal range. In dogs with Pyo it's extremely high. So that would be one of the things he/she should look at first.