Nature: Pyometra is a disease mainly of middle-aged dogs and cats that have not been splayed. The uterus becomes infected (by bacteria from the vagina), inflamed and greatly enlarged. Pyometra follows a heat cycle in which fertilization did not occur. It is caused by an excessive quantity of progesterone, or an oversensitivity to it.
Background: The word "pyometra" is derived from latin "pyo" meaning pus and "metra" meaning uterus. The pyometra is an abscessed, pus-filled infected uterus. Toxins and bacteria leak across the uterine walls and into the bloodstream causing life-threatening toxic effects. Without treatment death is inevitable.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 02.12.2017 – 01:24 CET