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Pyometra in Female Pets

This is a serious bacterial infection of the uterus.  The word literally means pus in the uterus. It is a condition of un-spayed female dogs and very occasionally cats.

It happens after several successive heat cycles without being bred and having a litter. There are changes that develop within the uterus which can support the growth of substantial amounts of bacteria.  It can occur in any breed and at any age but is most prevalent in middle age.

The symptoms may be quite vague and can mimic many other conditions.  They will usually develop 1-2 months after a heat cycle.  Signs might be as subtle as decreased appetite and a little more lethargic than usual, or they may be much more obvious, such as vomiting and depression.  Some animals have a dramatic increase in thirst and urination.  There can be a vaginal discharge that may be blood or pus or a mixture of these.

Untreated, this can be a life threatening condition from either septicemia (blood poisoning) or the uterus rupturing leading to peritonitis (infection of the abdominal cavity).

Treatment for this condition is an emergency spay along with supportive care such as intravenous fluids and antibiotics as well as post-surgical antibiotics, pain killers etc.

Prognosis is good with prompt treatment.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital