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We lost our longhaired Daschund 3 years ago to this. She was only 7 years old. I had never heard of it before this happened. We chose not to get her spayed because she was a papered dog, but we also never ended up breeding her either. Whenever I talk to people that haven't spayed or neutered their animals yet, I let them know about this horrible situation. I've never felt so guilty about something in all my life. Just curious if anyone else has dealt with it before.
I haven't had an animal of my own who has had Pyometra, but when I was going through my VA classes we watched part of a Spay and the dog happened to have a small Pyometra.
In addition to Pyometra, keeping your female dogs intact raises their risk of Mammary Cancer sky high. Last year we had to put our RottXAussie down because she developed a very aggressive Mammary Cancer. My Mom follows the more old school belief that letting a dog experience at least one heat is better for them mentally, and helps them mature. Well, the one heat turned into never, and she even had an "oops" when the neighbor's American Spitz got in the yard and impregnated her.
I'm a BIG advocate of Spay/Neuter. I'm sorry you lost your girl to it though, it's a hard thing to deal with. I very much regret not convincing my Mother to spay ours years ago, but I was still a child.
No I'm sorry, only had one female dog (the rest have been males) and she was spayed. Even papered, unless you are going to show your dog, have them win conformations, and then do the appropriate (and expensive) health and temperament testing on them for their breed definitely spay and neuter. It makes everyone happier in the long run.
I havent had a dog who has had it (i have only had males) but i think every female who isnt getting bred should be spayed for the very reason that pyo is so dangerous. My OHs aunt had a dog die at 3 from pyo...
We had a dog die of this. We got her when she was over 20 years old (shih-tzu.) She was my husbands dads dog and when he died we took her. We talked with the vet about having her spayed for exactly this reason and he told us that she would likely not survive the surgery due to her age. Dogs that old dont handle anesthesia well. We had her for about 4 years when she got pyometria and I knew right away what she had (on fathers day none the less) and I had DH take her to the vet right away to have her euthanized. There was just no saving her, she was really suffering. It is such a terrible thing.
It was very sad, but I too am always telling people how important it is to have their dogs spayed. No pet owner should have to see their dog go through that, and it is so preventable!!
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Last edited by BusyMom4; March 9th, 2011 at 08:11 AM.
Awww I'm so sorry about you ladies losing your dogs to that
We thought Jasmine had it after her first heat cycle, but thankfully, it was nothing major. She was spayed a couple months later. I had intentions of breeding her, had starting health testing (eyes, PFK, PRA, etc), and was starting training for hunting, but after that heat cycle, the pyo scare, and just the hassle of her being in heat, I decided I was content with her just being a pet.
On another note to promote spay/neuter... my cousin never had any of her animals fixed, ever. Not even the cats. Her male maine coon, beautiful, gorgeous kitty, Moose.. actually, we had him since birth.. escaped the house and was gone a few weeks. When they found him, he was incredibly nasty. Took him to the vet, he had feline AIDS. They could have kept him alive and the other cats in the house would have gotten sick but been fine the vet said, but he was too nasty. He was put to sleep when he was only 2 years old. What a shame and a waste of life. If he had been neutered, he'd still be around today.