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The Danger of Pyometra in your Female Dog

What is pyometra?

Pyometra is an infection of the uterus in female dogs that are still sexually intact. The uterus is referred to as the womb. the organ responsible for the developing pups during mama dog’s pregnancy.

"Pyometra in dogs can be a serious, even life-threatening condition"

Pyometra in dogs can be a serious, even life-threatening condition. Depending on the severity of the infection, your female dog may look absolutely healthy, may be slightly off, or may be desperately ill from absorbing bacterial toxins into the bloodstream.


You will know that your dog has pyometra if she has an abnormal heat cycle (she’s bleeding today, and then not bleeding tomorrow then bleeding again the next weeks). The signs will depend greatly whether the cervix is open or not. If it is open, pus will drain out of your female’s vagina.

Dog Diaper

If it is closed, the pus will not be able to drain and is collected in the uterus, causing the abdomen to bloat.

When a pus is draining out, it can be really messy and I’m sure you wouldn’t want your floor, rugs and furniture to be stained. Consider using dog diapers for your furry friend. These dog diapers will contain the pus, will make your dog happy and your home clean, too.

Tip: Look for the diapers that have no "crinkly" or uncomfortable texture that causes many dogs to dislike


Treatment options vary depending on your vet and on how severe the pyometra is. But most will advise surgical removal of the infected uterus when it's safe to do so. Your vet may advise that, as many dogs with severe pyometra show signs of being in toxic or even in shock. They may benefit from intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pain relief first to best prepare for the surgery.

What if I decide not to treat my dog?

Pyometra won’t heal alone. If pus is coming out of your dog, it will eventually stop but then will reoccur in the following weeks or months ahead. The toxic effects from the bacteria will spread throughout different organs and will be dangerous for your dog - that’s why immediate treatment is really needed.

Can my dog still get pregnant?

The chances of your dog  getting pregnant while having a pyometra is very low. If she does get pregnant, it is possible for the uterus to rupture, spilling the infection into the abdominal cavity. This will also be fatal.

Pyometra is very dangerous and must be treated immediately. But since treatment will depend on the health condition and symptoms of your dog, it is best to use dog diapers for the mean time if pus is coming out.

Pet Parents® diapers come in a variety of colors as well as sizes, so you’re sure to get the proper fit for furry buddy. If treatment is not performed, the toxic effects from the bacteria of the infection will be life-threatening. Sense of urgency is needed here.

"The chances of your dog getting pregnant while having a pyometra is very low. If she does get pregnant, it is possible for the uterus to rupture, spilling the infection into the abdominal cavity."

Be sure to contact us and give us a message in case you have some questions in mind. We always love to help! 

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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