When you need Urgent Care, call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital
It’s 5 pm on a Friday evening and you have just come home from a long day at work. When you walk in the door, you notice that your intact (not spayed), female dog is lethargic, painful and vomiting. You rush her to your veterinarian’s office for an urgent care visit and they diagnose her with a pyometra. They explain that a pyometra is an infected uterus and the best chance she has for survival is a $1000-2000 emergency surgery to remove the infected uterus or it can become life threatening.
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers Urgent Care and Emergency Services for your pets in the Reno/Sparks area.
(Dr. Cox sees Gizmo to remove a lump on his neck)
Unfortunately, this is a common urgent care scenario we see at veterinary clinics. A pyometra is an infection in the uterus that is caused by estrogen from the ovaries. When the uterus becomes infected, the uterus fills with pus-like fluid and can eventually rupture, sending bacteria circulating through the dog’s blood system and quickly causing death.
Though spay procedures can seem to be invasive, it is much safer to induce a dog under general anesthesia when they are healthy instead of sick and debilitated, as with a pyometra.
When a female dog is spayed, the ovaries are removed. This prevents the possibility of a pyometra because the estrogen is removed from the body. Though spay procedures can seem to be invasive, it is much safer to induce a dog under general anesthesia when they are healthy instead of sick and debilitated, as with a pyometra. Also, routine spay procedures generally cost around $200-300 and while this can seem like a lot of money at the time, it is not as much as an emergency surgery of $1000-2000. However, to avoid this emergency in the future, you can have your dogs spayed to prevent a pyometra. Your dog and your pocket book will thank you!