Why spay your female dog?
Getting your pets spayed and neutered is a good idea for a lot of reasons, but it's especially important for female dogs. Female dogs who have not been spayed are at risk of developing a severe infection of the uterus, known as pyometra.
Although pyometra can occur in young dogs, it is more common in dogs six years of age and older. When your dog is not bred and the uterus remains idle for long periods of time, the accumulation of fluid can lead to inflammation and bacterial contamination.
Because the infection can affect many organs, the clinical signs often vary and may make the diagnosis more difficult. Many dogs may show decreased appetite, lethargy, increased thirst and urination, depression, vomiting and diarrhea. In dogs, clinical signs often begin to appear around eight weeks after the last heat cycle.
The best treatment for pyometra is to remove the uterus surgically to correct the problem. Most animals must be hospitalized and given fluids and antibiotics prior to surgery. It's important that owners not delay surgery for their pets, which may lead to additional complications such as uterine rupture, systemic infections, sepsis and other life-threatening conditions.
If you don't plan on breeding your pets in the future, it's best to have them spayed to decrease the risk of infection. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your dog, or give us a call at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin with any questions.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052