Warning: gross pictures at the bottom
I’ve posted on pyometra before, and also on why you should spay your dog while she’s young and healthy. Today we had a really spectacular case, though. This beautiful German Shepherd is only 2 years old, and had what appeared to be a normal heat cycle three weeks ago. Yesterday she started having a bloody discharge.
Her clotting time was normal and she had plenty of platelets, so it didn’t look like a "bleeding problem", despite the blood on the floor. White blood cell count was really high (30,000/mm3, vs 7,000 to 16,000 normal range), and red blood cells were a little low. An ultrasound of her uterus showed it to be huge. How huge was it?
When we opened it, yes, it was full of pus. More than two liters of pus. Man, do I ever wish this dog had been spayed a long time ago. Did I mention I had to do the surgery on my afternoon off? Yeah. The upside is, she’s doing great now. Prognosis is good.