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Pyometra in Dogs: Treatment and Home Remedies

Last Modified on Sep 08, 2015

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 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

[WARNING!]   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

[WARNING!]   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

[WARNING!]   ***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.

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Posted by Lani (Philippines) on 08/13/2015

[YEA]  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!