Meet Petra, a 7 month old schnauzer puppy that came to see Dr. Laura Veals early one morning with a several day history of being lethargic, vomiting, diarrhea, not eating, and just not quite feeling herself. 

After a look with an ultrasound and bloodwork, it was determined Petra had an infection in her uterus called a "Pyometra". 

A pyometra is a very serious life threatening problem in non-spayed female dogs and cats. They tend to start after a heat cycle. Stimulation of the uterus with abnormal levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) cause the lining of the uterus to become thickened and fluid accumulates inside the uterus. Infection then develops in the uterus. As the infection progresses, the uterus fills with pus, which can cause severe illness. The uterus can also rupture, causing a condition called peritonitis. 

Dr. Laura Veals holds Petra after recovering from her surgery.

Dr. Laura Veals holds Petra after recovering from her surgery.

Petra underwent emergency surgery immediately to remove the ovaries and uterus, or ovariohysterectomy (better known as a spay) and had a special temporary drain placed in her abdomen to help resolve the infection. She spent several days in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) on antibiotics, pain control, appetite stimulants, IV fluids, and a plasma transfusion. With a lot of love and encouragement, Petra survived and is doing very well thanks to her dedicated team! 

Petra came back for her recheck examination and is feeling back to her energetic self again! 

At All Valley Animal Care Center, our goal is to support long healthy relationships between you and your pets. We strongly advise spaying (females) and neutering (males) of dogs and cats. Please contact us with any questions you may have about spay/neuter surgery or visit our "Low Cost Clinics & Upcoming Events" page under the "Resources" tab on our home page to find out upcoming dates for our outlying clinics' monthly Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics!