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Phone: (07) 3282 672212 South Station Road, Booval, QLD 4304
(Pictured Left: Case Vet, Dr. Alanna Harth)
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC SURGERY IMAGES THAT MAY DISTURB SOME VIEWERS.
We were nearing the end of our evening shift when a concerned couple entered the clinic carrying Daisy, a 4 year old chocolate Labrador. Her owners were right to be concerned as she appeared very lethargic and had vomited multiple times at home.
It was during close examination by our veterinarian that several abnormalities were discovered, Daisy had a severely elevated body temperature, was vomiting and had an unpleasant vaginal discharge. It was established that Daisy was not de-sexed and had come into season approximately one month prior to this incident. It was clear to Dr Alanna that Daisy needed medical attention.
Dr Alanna admitted her immediately to commence intravenous fluid therapy and collect blood samples to run in house laboratory tests. After 10 minutes we had Daisy’s results, the veterinarian interpreted the normal and abnormal levels which indicated an infection was underlying, but from where? In combination with the vaginal discharge an abdominal ultrasound was performed which revelled a large lumpy fluid filled uterus. This confirmed the veterinarian’s suspicion, Daisy was suffering from Pyometra.
Pyometra is an infection in the uterus which is considered a serious and life threatening condition that must be treated quickly and aggressively. Treatment involved fluid therapy, fast acting medications and once stable emergency surgery to remove the problematic infection and related reproductive organs.
Daisy’s surgery went to plan and the response to treatment was almost immediate. She remained in hospital for an additional 2 days post-surgery for close monitoring and has since returned home to her loving family. Pictured is an image of Daisy’s uterus (pyometra) during surgery alongside a normal sized uterus to compare.
**We cannot stress enough that this condition can be avoidable by desexing female dogs that are not indented to be bred. **
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