Pyometra in Dogs: Treatment and Home Remedies

Oct 22, 2016

Pyometra, a pus-filled infection in the lining of a dog's uterus is very serious if left untreated. The pus that forms in a dog's uterus is caused by a mucus buildup inside the uterus, an infection or a hormonal imbalance. Surgery and veterinary care is usually required for dogs who are not treated at the onset of symptoms. Failure to treat a dog with pyometra can lead to an untimely death as the dog's uterus becomes swollen and can rupture, causing a dog to go into endotoxic shock.

Pyometra symptoms include:

  • Low energy
  • Increased thirst
  • Little or no appetite
  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge

Natural Treatments for Pyometra: For pyometra in dogs, treatment often includes homeopathic and herbal tincture formulas that can heal the infection and get the uterus to contract.

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Posted by Manuka Mom (Los Angeles) on 08/19/2016
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My golden retriever had Pyometra and was honestly too weak for surgery. Her body was lifeless. She was on death's door. I gave her manuka honey (16+) 1 tsp. 3X day. It cleared the Pyometra, which was truly a miracle at that point. She was so sick and I was fearful I would never get her to eat, but it was just a matter of listening to her. I made her a smorgasbord of food options but noticed she was begging for my husband's COOKED chicken. Interesting to note, she couldn't tolerate her normal raw foods diet at that point, so I cooked chicken for her, and she ate it. She bounced back and that was well over two years ago, by the way. In the end, I'm not suggesting this will work for anyone else, but she was so sick that I we nothing to lose except for the sweetest little girl in the world. Please check with your vet. Ours was supportive (thank goodness)!!!

By the way, there are TONS of amazing studies on Manuka honey (most conducted outside of the US). Read the research. It's pretty compelling. Also Manuka honey is GREAT for topical infections too! Honestly, I am shocked that no one else appears to have posted about Manuka honey; it's the BOMB. I won't forget the fear of losing her, so my heart goes out to anyone dealing with a similar situation. Blessings to you!!!

Replied by Ashley
Dallas, Nc

I am happy she made it through a Pyo, however, now that she is well, have you ever thought of getting her Spayed?? It will prevent another pyometra as well as other health problems.. I am guessing she is a breeder, their are literally thousands of dogs & cats being senselessly killed every day, due to people buying a puppy, instead of adopting one. Btw, 25% of shelter animals are purebred.. & their are also purebred rescues, too. You will be doing you, your family & your dog a HUGE favor by getting her spayed ASAP. Pypmetras are nothing to mess with. Once that puss filled Uterus bursts, it's instant death. It goes straight to the blood stream.

Replied by Robert

My dog (Polly) is in the same shape as your dog....I hope this works.

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles

Work with your vet. I'm NOT a vet or an animal expert and my Manuka honey suggestion is in no way advice to anyone, but it worked for us 2 1/2 years ago and the infection has not returned. I'm praying for Polly right now!

Replied by Robert

At 230 in the afternoon, she became very uneasy and whimpered a lot, she looked at me for help, could not stand I took her to a different vet. We were going to put her down, but he asked are you sure, she is only 6 years old. We said we did not have 1400 dollars, he looked at me and said don`t worry you can pay 100 dollars a month ( the other vet wanted 1800 dollars, half now and half after or put her down for 275...I did not even have that. I am on a fixed budget and my wife is disabled. I think the other vet is all about money.) He immediately did the surgery and we are picking her up today...he said she had about 48 hours to live...any ways I did not get to try the honey...sorry. I tried a lot of vets but everyone of them were wanting all or half now half after..even tried Care Credit, but they turned me down...have to have better than fair credit..found out that they turn down 80 percent of people who the way she was a rescue dog. So happy

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles

Blessings to you, Robert!!! SO glad your dog was able to have a successful surgery and that you were able to work things out financially.

In hindsight, I think I would add a natural vitamin c and raw butter to the honey, especially since there are such good success stories here with it.

Being as natural as I am, I would use:

- 1 tsp Manuka honey 4 - 6 times the first two days and then reduce to three times per day. I would dose every hour if my girl would be willing to take it...especially if her weight was low and she couldn't eat

I would also add:

- NATURAL (food based) Vitamin C (e.g., Camu Camu or Amla/Amalaki)


- RAW (ideally organic) butter

I would personally use the above combination for a dire situation where surgery is not an option, but I'm not a Vet or a Doctor and cannot diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

That said, God DOES cure and HIS food heal!!!

Sending love for God's perfect healing touch on all of your special companions.

Manuka Mom

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn


Late to this post, but just so HAPPY that you found a vet who cared. I have been in your shoes - dog is in pain and she hurts and you just have to go to the vet. In my case we were able to do the emergency spay; I can only imagine your dread showing up at the vet intending to PTS knowing it was only a matter of money. So glad you found a new vet - and a dedicated healer :)

Replied by Tracy


I'd like to know how many days you continued the Manuka Honey, and can I add Vitamin C as well. I also have Colloidal Silver that I can use if needed. (80lb. Lab)

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles
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I did a "therapeutic dosage" 3+ times per day for a week and then a backed off to a more modest dose (1X/day) for a month...JUST TO BE SAFE!!! I did not use Vitamin C, but if I did it again, I would add 1/2 tsp. Amla or Camu Camu powered 2X/day. Best wishes to you!

Replied by Pat

Can this manuka honey can this be found at a grocery store? Also, you said natural vitamin C. Should I go to a vitamin store for these items? I am willing to try my dog got sick over two weeks ago she isn't eating a lot, then she started with the discharge, I took her to the vet and was told she had pyometra. I also can't afford the surgery, my dog is 10years old. He gave her a two weeks supply of meds but I am seeing no improvement, she still has this discharge and very little food.

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Posted by Phiesty (Bronx, Ny) on 08/26/2013

I need Teds Help Asap!!!

I think my dog has Pyometra. My female dog has had a few irregular Cycles. For example instead of every 6 months she has had it about every 4 months at least 2-3 times. Her cycle began July1, 2013 while it ususally last about 3 to 4 wks she still has what I believed was her cycle and it is August 26, 2013. Two days ago she started with diarrhea in which I gave her pumpkin for but then I also realized that she is soaking her pad as well. At first I thought she was urinating on herself because there was so much liquid but I noticed faint blood with yellow. I believe it is also pus. She doesn't want to eat or drink and is not active. No fever and she is very uncomfortable. I did an internet search and came up with pyometra. She is not having loose stools Just 1 dropping in the mornings and it's softer than usual but noticed her belly hurts when picked up. I will take her to the vet but I want to know if you have any available information that can help my dog with natural remedies. I am scare to lose my dog to this horrible surgery of removal of her uterus. She is a small breed Maltese and Yorkie and weighs about 11 pounds and measures from neck to tail 12" inches and just turned 7 Yrs old. Please Help I don't want my dog to die. I love her so much and don't know what I would do without her.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

This is a life threatening emergency - get your dog to the vet NOW.

It sounds like your dog has an OPEN PYO - this is better than a closed pyo but it still very much is a life threatening medical emergency and at this point in time few remedies will help.

Homeopathic remedies are most appropriate as your dog likely won't want to swallow anything. Off the top of my head, Nux Vomica is relevant, but Rescue Remedy is likely more commonly available. I would dose with rescue but no matter what get her to the vet. The longer you wait, the more ill she will become and the less chance you have of saving her life.

I have dealt with 2 pyos -1 open and 1 closed; the closed pyo my girl was ill and you could tell and spaying saved her life, the open pyo you could not tell until she had funky discharge and she was spayed as it was the more practical and economical solution.

Fingers crossed for you, please post an update.

Replied by Tina
Ohio, US

I have a chihuahua that is way over 10 years old who is closer to 15 years old who has a swollen abdomen and just had menstrual bleeding off and on for 2 weeks and she hasn't had a heat period for years. She is very small and I am terrified that surgery to remove her uterus could be very dangerous due to her tiny size and age. Could she have this condition you speak of?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Tina!

Pyometra is a life threatening situation and you must act swiftly if you want to save your dog's life.

There are two kinds of pyos - open, where pus can drain, and closed, where the pus cannot drain. A closed pyo is the worse of the two [both are bad] because the retained pus and toxins infect the blood and things go down hill very quickly when this happens. An open or draining pyo has a better chance of recovery.

In my experience dogs with open pyos can act like everything is normal, though they may be fussy about food - and then when the pus starts to drain you smell the foul odor and grab the dog and make a mad dash for the vet for an emergency spay. Dogs with closed pyos just feel awful, they run a fever, and they are lethargic. If you suspect a closed pyo grab your dog and run to the emergency vet for an emergency spay.

There are instances where at great expense you can save the uterus, but from my experience the most practical thing to do is spay your dog in the hopes you can save her life.

Now, given your dog's reproductive history she could have a pyo - or she might have some type of cancer inside that is causing the bleeding and the big, swollen belly. In either case, if this were my dog I would on the way to the vet.

Replied by Maria
Sturgis, MI
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My dog is in surgery at the moment for this. She got sick and our vet was on vacation. I took her to another vet 4 times over 3 weeks and they never caught it. I was using colloidal silver, coconut oil, and giving her some raw garlic mixed in with her food. We had to hand feed her. The day my vet arrived back he saw her and knew right off what she had. She did need antibotics and this is quite serious. My vet actually yelled at me about being negligent until I pulled out vet receipts for the other vet. The is quite serious and absolutely requires surgery. Antibotics can heal the infection until she is able to have surgery. I had to keep my dog on antibotics for 18 days with the vet seeing her 2 more times during that time until she was able to go in for her surgery.

Replied by Louise
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Hi, my dog has serious pyometra and its breaking my heart. The first time my husband took her to the vet, she was treated for parvo, but when we took her back, her high fever, high white blood cell count and discharge confirmed pyometra. Today I was only able to get her to stand up three times for very brief moments. She is having a continual discharge even though she has clear symptoms of a closed pyometra. I so badly am looking for a home remedy in addition to the antibiotics she is on.

I give her tea and small meals during the day, but tonight she could not lift her head to take even a sip of water or rooibos tea. She is a beautiful golden retriever. Any advise please.

Dont know how to take her to the vet in this condition.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise!

If your dog is having continual discharge she is having an open pyo - which is minimally better than a closed pyo.

My only advice is to you is to take your dog *immediately* to the vet for an emergency spay surgery and intravenous antibiotics with the hope that her life can be saved.

Replied by Jeremy
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

My dog has a pyo that is open what are some home remedies that you would suggest please answer back asap I do not want to see my dog like this anymore

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
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You MUST, MUST, MUST get your dog to the vet NOW! Pyometra is very serious! In fact, she could die if it's not treated. Once she's healed, she needs to be spayed to prevent this from happening in the future!

Replied by Cassie
Port Jervis, Ny
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***the internet has lots of information, go to a vet instead of looking up cheap ways to fix your loved one.****

We almost put our 7 year old yorkie down today. She was initially diagnosed with a uti. 3 weeks of medicine to no avail. In these three weeks of antibiotics, home remedies, and constant care she became lethargic, drank excessive water, frequent urination, she is potty trained and started having accidents at the house. She stopped eating, not even boiled chicken, carrots, or peas.

My mother called my family home because she was sure she was going to die. We took her to a emergency clinic. The vet refused to give up, and said at 7 YEARD OLD without being spayed it looks like pyometria. She had surgery today at 2 pm. Surgery went great! The vet said she ate and drank immediately after which was a good sign. She will stay at the hospital until she poops, and eats again. Her weight before surgery was 7.3 lbs after 5.4 that was the about of pus and inflammation in her uterus!!!!

If you notice swollen stomach, lack of appetite, frequent urination, constant licking of the back end, and disorientation take your animal to the vet.

I am going to talk to our vet who didn't even take an urine sample. Just said give here these antibiotics and she be fine. After a week of not getting better he said if she doesn't get better in another week bring her back. He is on vacation, I fear if we had waited till Tuesday she would be dead.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Thanks for this warning Cassie!

I can only add that at the first sign of your pet not looking right, not feeling well or not behaving normally that a temperature reading is in order. An elevated temperature is your first indication of a problem and should be monitored closely to determine if you are dealing with an emergency.

Replied by Hayde

How much dosage of vitamin c can I give my toy poodle who is sick with pyometra? She is 10 years old and I dont want her to have surgery coz she' s already old. The vet gave her anti.biotics but stll I know it's not enough to heal her pyometra..Is there a natural remedy for her that she can take?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Hayde!

Please read up on vitamin C to help calculate the dose that would be most effective for your dog:

While you may be able to cure your dog's pyometra *this* time around, this condition tends to reoccur, which is why spaying is recommended. If your girl is otherwise in good shape, with your excellent care, a spay will extend her life rather than cut it short. Please be on the look out for this infection as it is known to repeat.

Replied by Deicelylah
Las Vegas, Nevada

I was able to cure my dog with mega doses of vitamin c. 4500 ml per day. I boiled chicken breast and stuffed 2 vitamins (1) 500 and (1) 1000 ml of vitamin c and I have never seen anything turn around so quickly. I read this cure on this site and it worked like a charm. I took my dog to the vet and they told me that my dog would die if I didn't get her surgery that cost between $1500.00 and $2500.00 depending on how she responded and recovered. Never was I told that mega doses of vitamin C would work. Well it did and I am grateful to the man that posted this cure. I can't believe that the vet wouldn't tell me about this cure. I guarantee you they know but money is more important than a dogs life.

Replied by Stephanie

Just like human doctors, the majority of vets look down on holistic remedies because it doesn't make them any money. Here is the remedy for Pyo:

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Posted by Venus_in_mars (Venice, Ca) on 09/23/2016
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My dog had been excessively panting for a day and a half and engaged in nesting behaviors although she is not pregnant. It was 2am in the morning and she was acting restless and panting excessively although it is no longer hot and the summer had just passed. I gave her 1000mg vitamin c in coconut oil and almost immediately it stopped her panting and her temperature went down.

The first sign something was wrong was a couple of weeks ago when my dog wouldn't want to go on long walks. She usually loves her daily walks, but she would walk just a little, then stop, and would want to turn around to go back home. I knew something was wrong then, although she was eating normally. However, she looked a little depressed and I thought it might be the summer heat.

In addition, at the same time, I noticed one of the dogs had a bloody discharge along with the urine- but it cleared up after a day, so I didn't think much about it.

However, when my dog started panting excessively, I knew something was wrong! I feared the worst and thought it could be pyometra. However, it was 2am in the morning so I gave her the 1000mg vitamin c powder in coconut oil. This completely resolved her panting and fever almost immediately.

I rang my vet in the morning and he thinks she is fine now that her condition has stabilized. He thinks dogs may pant excessively when they are in heat. I noted that her last heat was 6 months ago. However, intuitively, I knew it was something more than that because she was also acting very clingy and will want to be around me all the time, and she only does that when she is sick.

Anyhow, the one dose treatment of 1000mg vitamin c completely resolved her panting and fever and she is eating normally. I am taking her to the vet on Monday (when they are open) but I will continue to monitor her behavior and give her the 1000mg vitamin c treatment for the next week.

Currently I also supplement my dog's food with sunflower lecithin and taurine, but will add vitamin c (200mg) daily to the mix. Vitamin C powder is a staple in any family's cabinet!

(Note: I have a toy poodle, and she is 7 years old, and weighs approximately 3-4kgs or 5-6lbs; Dosage was 1000mg vitamin c powder in a tablespoon of coconut oil)

Posted by Lani (Philippines) on 08/13/2015
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My dog is a 12 year old terrier-lab mix who recently had open pyo. She suddenly lost appetite and became emaciated and had weak hind legs and pinkish vaginal discharge. Surgery for me was not an option considering her age and extreme weakness. In my opinion, surgery might kill her. She refused to eat but kept on drinking plenty of water.

I did an internet research and read somewhere that if everything else fails, try megadoses of vitamin C. I then tried to feed my dog boiled pork liver which she suddenly ate with gusto. She refused any other kind of food. Seeing her response, I added 1500 mg. of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate) to her food. That was in the evening. The following day, I fed her boiled pork liver in the morning, noon and night and added 1500 mg. sodium ascorbate for each meal. Everytime I fed her, I would add sodium ascorbate to her food. I read in my internet research that I could give her up to 3000 mg. sodium ascorbate to bowel tolerance. I read further that if the dog suffers diarrhea, I was to cut down on the vitamin C. I resolved to maintain my dog's dosage of sodium ascorbate to up to 4500 mg. per day. I kept on adding vitamin C to my dog's food until about one and a half month passed by when she suddenly had diarrhea after eating food with vitamin C. I then cut down on her vitamin C intake, limiting it to 2500 mg to 3000 mg per day. She never had diarrhea again with that limited dose. This went on for about 2 1/2 months then I noticed that her vaginal discharge gradually disappeared until it was totally gone.

Her pyometra has completely healed after about 3 months. She now has a very good appetite and has resumed her active lifestyle. She's no longer emaciated. I'm glad that I still have my dog with me because I really love her dearly.

Now I give her only 500 mg. vitamin C three times weekly with her food and she goes along very fine with it.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Kudos, Lani on healing your girl!! Vitamin C is so available - I hope others can learn from your experience.

I do want to add that an open pyometra follows a heat cycle and may be seen 1-2 months after the cycle is over. The discharge is pus filled, whitish or greenish and usually smells FOUL. An open pyo is has a better survival rate than a closed pyo, but in each instance it is clear that the dog would benefit from a good dose of vitamin C at the onset of any treatment you choose.

Thank you for sharing Lani!

Replied by Delylah
Las Vegas
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I have a Pit Bull who also had this disease and I must tell you that I followed your instructions only replacing the pork liver with chicken. My dog was literally on her last legs and the vet told me if I didn't get her this expensive surgery, she would die. Well she is alive and well thanks to you. She is wagging her tail and playing, barking and tearing up her comforter like she use to and I couldn't be happier. I could not afford the surgery and almost put her down. I found your story the night before I was to put her down. I hope many read your story. Thanks for the detail!

God Bless You!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Good on you and congratulations on getting your dog well again. I had to try many cures myself for my animals over the years, living in the sticks for most of my life away from vets I had no choice but to help my animals the best way I knew how.

Replied by Lani

Hi Delylah!

I'm glad your dog got well with the vitamin C regimen. It's good to know that what I had earlier posted helped you.

I have another suggestion for people whose dogs have open pyometra. You see, another dog of mine got sick with open pyometra but now I was confronted with the problem of my dog not wanting to eat anything at all. All that she was willing to do was to drink water. And it was complicated with vomiting episodes that really caused her to lose weight fast. What did I do? I did another internet research to find out how to deal with the vomiting problem. I saw an advice on mixing sodium bicarbonate with water and letting your dog take several sips throughout the day.

I took one pinch of sodium bicarbonate and mixed it with about 10 cc of water. I drew 5 cc of the mixture with a syringe (WITHOUT the needles, of course) and administered it at the corners of the mouth of the dog. I injected in three equal portions so that the liquid will not spill and the dog will be able to gulp down each portion. This thing worked like magic, the vomiting immediately stopped. So I waited for 2 hours more and administered the rest of the liquid and waited for another 2 hours. Then I mixed 1,000 mg. of the vitamin c (sodium ascorbate) with 1 tbsp. of powdered milk that was dissolved in 100 ml. of water. I administered it at the corners of the mouth of the dog with a 5cc syringe in small portions until the dog was able to drink all of the milk. I repeated this procedure during the first four days about 6 times per day in separate intervals. I noticed that the dog got stronger, and recovered faster, than with my previous dog who was just being fed pork liver. After about 5 days my dog was able to eat solid food so I just gave her milk 3 times a day and limited the vitamin c to 1,000 per milk feeding. After one month the pyometra was completely healed and my dog presently has a voracious appetite.

My conclusion is that milk combined with vitamin c will help your dog with open pyometra to recover faster.

Replied by Alain Lasquety
Paranaque City, Philippines

Good day. This is regarding your testimony of giving vitamin c to your pet dog with pyometra. How do you administer vitamin c to your pet? Is it syrup or capsule? We also have a pet dog that has pyometra and we do not want her to undergo surgery due to her old age (she is a 10 year old pug). Thank you for your advice!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Alain,

Not the original poster, but in case they do not see your response in a timely manner, you get the vitamin C in any way you can. Dogs with closed pyos may refuse to eat so a liquid might be easier to swallow. Dogs with open pyos may be tempted to eat something super tasty, so vitamin c tabs coated in cream cheese might work to get them down.

Replied by Girish

My dog is facing same problem. I live in India and here I searched for sodium ascorbate but everywhere I was only able to find out vitamin C 500 mg tablets which contains 400 mg sodium ascorbate and 100 mg ascorbic acid. Is it ok to give her 3 or more such tablets in powder form? Please reply ASAP. Regards

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Not sure how big your dog is. I would take your dog to the vet.

Replied by Lani

Hello! For those who are inquiring about the Vitamin C that I used for my dogs, I used the crystalline form of powdered sodium ascorbate which is white in color. It is available here in the Phiippines in capsulated form at 500 mg. per capsule. What I did was to open the capsules and pour the powder inside slices of pork liver for the dog to eat. With regards to my other dog that refused to eat anything solid, I poured the Vitamin C powder on powdered milk which was dissolved in water. For the question of Girish, yes by all means you can use the sodium ascorbate mixed with ascorbic acid. This is because sodium ascorbate is merely a buffered form of ascorbic acid which is also Vitamin C. Buffering is done to reduce chances of stomach upset upon intake on an empty stomach. Ascorbic acid generally has to be taken with food to avoid stomach upset. Sodium ascorbate, on the other hand can be taken on an empty stomach because it is already buffered. Considering that the ascorbic acid content of your vitamin mix is only 100 mg., I don't think it will pose any problem for your dog if administered to her.

Replied by Linda

How did your dog do on the vitamin c?

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Posted by Tania (London) on 10/17/2016
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Thank you so much for your posts...I read them literally a few hours before I was due to have my dog put to sleep due to pyometra. As soon as I saw this I ran to the health shop to buy vitamin C powder, turmeric and Manuka Honey. I have been giving them to her 3x per day since saturday afternoon and am very pleased to say that she is getting better by the hour. She is steadily putting weight back on and returning to her usual self. If it wasn't for seeing this I would not have my dog with me now so I am eternally grateful.

Just to share my pooch's story in case it helps another.... She stopped eating properly on Tues but did't think much of it because she has done this many times in the past when she wants a change of food. She didn't eat at all on Wednesday but was drinking water excessively, she looked as though she had lost a bit of weight. By Thursday evening she looked emaciated, had vomited and was looking very unwell, she also had blood on her bottom and tail. Took her straight to the vet who diagnosed pyometra, he said antibiotics alone would not work and surgery would not guarantee full recovery. She was getting sicker so the advice was to put her down. Friday morning, woke up and there was smelly liquid on the floor and her bottom. Booked the appointment for Saturday afternoon but cancelled it after reading these posts.

Now my beautiful pooch is on the mend, she is still bleeding (only at night) but I have been told that this is a good sign as the pus is exiting her body. I will continue to give her these meds and hopefully she will continue to improve. I will be taking her back to the vet for another scan/bloods next week and to discuss spaying her as I do not want this to happen again. Never underestimate the power of non-pharmaceutical meds 😃

Replied by Lonnie

Thank you for sharing your story! So happy for you and your pooch!

How much does your pooch weigh? And how much and how often did you give him the remedies?


Replied by Darrell

I liked the way you referred to the turmeric, honey, and other treatment you gave the pooch as meds......the best medicine, so it's said is free ( or nearly so! )