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Pyometra

Definition

Serious disease of female dogs and cats related to hormonal changes within the reproductive tract allowing the accumulation of pus in the uterus.  

Symptoms

  • Depression

  • Loss of Appetite

  • Excessive Thirst

  • Increased Urination

  • Dehydration

  • Vomiting

  • Fever

  • Vaginal Discharges of Blood or Pus

Diagnoses

Pyometra is diagnosed by clinical signs, a history of not being spayed, laboratory testing of blood and urine, and sometimes exploratory surgery. The cause is really not understood, but we know the female hormones are involved in allowing the reproductive tract to become more susceptible to developing these infections.

In some animals, the uterus responds abnormally to the hormones produced during the “heat” cycle causing a secretion of mucus and inflammatory cells to collect in the uterus.  A bacterial infection then develops--which can spread throughout the body. If this happens, the condition then becomes a form of  “blood poisoning.”  This results in widespread infection throughout the body--leading to shock and death.  Kidney infections often develop.

Treatment

The most common treatment, which is the safest for your pet, is Ovariohysterectomy  (Spaying), which removes the infected uterus and the rest of the internal female reproductive tract.  Fluids and antibiotics are needed to compact shock, infection, and dehydration.

Prevention

Spaying your pet eliminates this risk.

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Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79912

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Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
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Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

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Wednesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
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Saturday 9:30am- 4pm Pets Barn 1790 Zaragoza
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Paws N' Hooves Thursday location is currently at our Mesa Clinic from 7:30 am- 5:30pm and will be moving to Pet's Barn at 5500 Desert Blvd from 9-5 pm starting 8/3/17. At that time mobile prices will no longer be honored at Mesa Veterinary Clinic.

*Last sign-in taken 30 minutes before close.

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N Mesa El Paso TX, 79912

Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am Closed
6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 2:00 pm Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Hours 8am- 4pm 8am- 4pm 9am- 5pm 8am- 4pm 9:30am- 4pm
Location

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

5500 N Desert Blvd.

Pets Barn

11100 Sean Haggerty

Pets Barn 

1790 Zaragoza

*Last sign-in will be taken 30 minutes before closing.