THIS is why you spay your dog

Yesterday we had the sweetest dog come in because she wasn’t feeling well. She wasn’t eating, had lost a lot of weight, and was just laying around the house not really moving. She was also very pale (anemic) and had a low temperature (which tends to happen when the body starts shutting down).

Her abdomen was very distended, she actually looked heavily pregnant. Given her age, we were concerned she may have had a large splenic tumor or even a bleed. But she also had milky bloody discharge, which made us suspicious of a uterine infection called pyometra. 

This was her x-ray:

You can see all of her internal organs pushed out of their normal locations. The bottom half is very grey, which could indicate fluid or, in this case, a large fluid-filled uterus.

She definitely had a pyometra, and we were concerned that the infection may have become systemic and the toxins were starting to shut her body down. She needed immediate emergency surgery.

Below the break is a photo taken during surgery, please view at your own discretion.

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