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We took in my sister's dog about a year ago. She recently became very
sick, very rapidly and ended up requiring extremely expensive emergency
treatment and surgery because WE DID NOT KNOW!
We found out by surprise that at 8 years old she had not been spayed.
Still we did not know about the disease she got as a result that
would have killed her. I don't want anyone to have to go through what
the dog and i did over this, just for a lack of knowledge or
I'm asking that you please help spread the word.!!!
Sandy (my dog) made it through her surgery, against all odds. I was
being told the chances were very slim that she would survive, even with
the surgery. Nevermind the expense. She is worth it to me but if i
didn't find a way to qualify for the budget plan at the facility, i
would have had no choice but to have them put her to sleep.
She is doing ok. Hopefully i will be bringing her home on Monday.
It took less than 7 days for Sandy to be near death!!
This is what she had:
WHAT IS PYOMETRA?
"Pyometra" is the life-threatening infection of the uterus that
generally occurs in middle-aged to older female dogs in the six weeks
following heat. The hormone "progesterone," which primes the uterus for
potential pregnancy, does so by causing proliferation of the
blood-filled uterine lining and suppression of uterine immune function.
It is thus easy during heat for bacteria in the vagina to ascend to the
uterus to cause infection. The uterus with pyometra swells dramatically
and is filled with pus, bacteria, dying tissue, and toxins. Without
treatment, the pet is expected to die. Despite her serious medical
state, she must be spayed quickly if her life is to be saved.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY COMMON DISEASE OF OLDER UNSPAYED FEMALE DOGS!
PYOMETRA IS NOT SOMETHING WHICH "MIGHT" HAPPEN; CONSIDER THAT IT
PROBABLY WILL HAPPEN.
The older unspayed female dog has an irregular heat cycle. There is no
end of cycling comparable to human menopause. If you still decide
against spaying, be very familiar with the signs of pyometra. (These
include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, excessive thirst, marked
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