PET OF THE MONTH - November 2019

This lovely girl is Willow. She was brought down to us as her owners noticed she was starting to become very lethargic and didn’t want to eat or drink as much as usual. During the physical examination that Raj performed he advised the owner there are a number of things that can be causing Lily her discomfort however due to her being 6 yrs old and un-sterilised it was likely to be Pyometra and strongly recommended surgery.

Pyometra occurs when unsterilised females develop pus in their uterus, this condition is extremely serious. Early signs that you may notice are; licking her back end more than normal, off her food and drinking more than normal (you will probably notice more urination also). These signs will progress and you may start to notice the pus (yellow/red/brown discharge) from her vulva, she may have a swollen abdomen, vomiting and lethargy.

If left untreated signs will worsen to the point of dehydration, collapsing and death from septic shock. Willow went straight to surgery and it was confirmed that she did in fact have Pyometra, Willow’s is to date the largest pyometra surgery performed at the clinic with her infected uterus weighting 3.5kg that 6.2% of her body weight. She did well throughout the surgery and has made a full recovery. We like to thank her owner for taking such great care of the gorgeous Willow.