Pyometra - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Pyometra. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey

Posted by AmericanBulldogger (Huntsville, Alabama) on 03/26/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Our 11yr. old American Bulldog finished up what was an extra long heat cycle about a month ago. Two weeks after the heat cycle ended, we noticed a clear discharge with a few sparse drops of diluted blood.

At the time, we just thought she might have a slight case of vaginitis or a mild UTI, so we gave her some d- mannose, since it is known for helping to combat UTI's, esp those caused from E-Coli bacteria. I also had some berberine on hand, but it was 1200mgs per capsule and berberine is a very powerful substance derived from the herb, golden seal. I sprinkled half a capsule on a peanut butter sandwich, along with the d - mannose and after a few days treatment, she cleared up and was fine with no further discharge. Fast forward to a few weeks later and a few days ago. My husband and I noticed she seemed mopey, but late Saturday evening, she had an accident in the floor (which she never does).

She's always had good bladder control, but being 11yrs. old, I thought may be just age related or perhaps recurring UTI. Then as I was cleaning up, I noticed it had a very diluted bloody appearance and was looking somewhat like her heat- cycle discharge. As the night and following Sunday wore on, the discharge became thicker & heavier. So much so that I had to put a doggie diaper lined with a couple of paper towels. Sorry for the gross description, but it looked very much like a creamy tomato soup. I knew this was not good!

I took her temperature several times, but it was always perfectly normal. There was no fever, but she seemed lethargic and weak in the rear legs. She was eating and drinking ok. As a matter of fact, she was drinking more and more. I knew that was a pretty sure sign of infection and was frightened at the thoughts that it might possibly be pyo.

I started researching to see if there were any natural or homeopathic treatments. I found the natural manuka honey, tumeric & vitamin c remedy here, so I was hoping it would make her better or at least buy us some time, until the vet re-opened on Monday morning. Since we show our dogs, we normally give them a variety of supplements and I happen to have powdered vitamin c on hand, along with turmeric in the spice cabinet. I remembered seeing Manuka honey at Whole Foods. We drove there and picked up the raw Manuka honey. I also started giving her more d-mannose, as I had read that E Coli bacteria is usually a main culprit with pyo, I mixed and administered the ingredients. I was afraid she was going to protest, but she seemed to be ok with the taste.

This Monday morning we awoke and took her out to potty. She had a nice, normal bowel movement and seemed to be feeling a little better. The discharge had slowed and was lighter. Even though our girl seemed better, we decided to go ahead and take her to the vet. We really didn't have money for the vet visit, as both mine and my husband's vehicles are needing major engine repairs. It's definitely a financial set back, but we scraped together what money we could, even dipping into our grocery funds. We promptly took our girl to the vet as soon as they opened. I told them I thought she might have open pyo and asked before we got started, if they would work something out with us regarding payment arrangements. We have always had a good relationship with our vet and even though their policy is to request full payment when services are rendered, they agreed to let us pay a down payment of what we scraped together and make the rest in payments. I would just like to say to others out there.. don't be afraid to ask your vet about a payment plan if your dog needs surgery. Some may not be accommodating, but some will. It never hurts to ask. I gave our vet a rundown of everything.

I told her about this natural treatment, the supplements and ingredients used and she was ok with it. They did bloodwork, took a couple of x-rays and took a sample of the discharge to view under the microscope. Our girl was dx'd with open pyo. The x-rays clearly showed the engorged uterus. They did the emergency spay surgery this afternoon and our dog came through just fine. She did so well, instead of keeping her overnight as planned, they actually allowed her to come on home. I

am so grateful to have found the info here, as I truly believe the doses of manuka honey, tumeric & vitamin c helped strengthen her for the surgery and I feel it could continue to work in conjunction with her current treatment, to help enhance the healing process. Many thanks to whoever came up with this formula and best of wishes to those going through this with their beloved pets. Pyometra is a nasty and scary thing!


Echinacea and Goldenseal

Posted by Jim (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/16/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My dog had Open Pyometra recently. I tried the Manuka Honey, Vitamin C, Turmeric, but they did not work. After doing much research I gave her the Now brand Echinacea and Goldenseal root 225/225mg blend for 2 weeks. She started to clear up within a few days and within 2 weeks was completely cured.

My dog weighs 65 pounds, and that dosage worked for her. The Echinacea boosts the immune system and the Goldenseal is an antibiotic. I gave her 1 capsule in the morning and 1 capsule in the evening. I mixed it in with a little canned food, which she loves.


Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey

Posted by Reni (Oceanside, Ca) on 04/24/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My 8 year old 45lb. mutt dog was on prednisone for an auto immune emergency situation...which led to many secondary infections. One of which I THINK was pyometra. Although my dog was spayed when we adopted her...they may have been a portion of her uterus left in tact.

She has had many of the symptoms of an OPEN PYOMETRA case:
- mucus (yellowish/green) discharge from the vulva
- majorly lethargic
- drinking tons of water
- not eating (lost 11 pounds)
- pale pink gums
- weakening of the back legs
- laying flat (stretched out, belly on floor) on cool surfaces
- constantly licking her vulva

Long story short...I hated the fact that my dog was on the chemical drug prednisone, and I wasn't about to put her through more vet visits, tests and drugs. So I found many posts about the positive effects of manuka honey, tumeric and vitamin c. I figured...I had nothing to loose, my dog was already skin and bones, and I was feeding her bone broth by a syringe. She was so sick that she didn't wag her tail or lift her head from her doggy bed. So I headed right out to my local organic store and gave her the first tincture/mixture the moment I got home. Since she wasn't eating I just had to take the mixture on my finger and smear it on her tongue so she would swallow it. She had it twice before we went to bed...and in the morning she was wagging her tail and lifting her head. By the next evening She allowed me to help her get up....and she wanted to go outside. Slowly after about a week of this treatment she gained her appetite back ( a little) and started eating more regularly, started being more active, and her energy level increased day by day.

Let me also tell you that during the 2 weeks on this treatment the mucus/discharge got a lot heavier, thicker and greener (gross right?). I just kept wiping her vulva and cleaning it up with a warm rag...and then immediately tossing the rags into a bin to be washed in hot water and bleach. But about half way through the treatment the mucus started to thin out, turn back to yellow-white in color and became less frequent.

3 weeks later she is pretty much herself again. Still a little weak in the back legs, and still, sometimes, in that flat position on the cool tile floor.BUT her energy level is WAY up, she is eating normal again, gums are back to bubble gum pink, not drinking as much water, etc.....and no more mucus! I'm still giving her the tincture/mixture 3x a day....with just tumeric + vit. c added to the honey in the first treatment of the day. I will probably continue to give her this until the strength is back in her back legs and she stops laying flat on the floor (cause she didn't ever do that before she was sick)

Here's my tincture/mixture - THREE TIMES per day
-1/4 tsp. manuka honey (100% pure MGO 400)
-half of a 1/8 tsp. tumeric (reg. powdered in the spice isle)
-half of a 1/8 tsp. vitamin c (with calcium ascorbate)

NOTE:
- read about the benefits of manuka honey.
- read about tumeric for dogs (http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/turmeric-dogs/) scroll to bottom
- read about vitamin c for dogs (http://www.yoursadorably.com/vitamin-c-for-dogs-and-dosage/) read toward bottom about dosage

I always tend to be more cautious when starting a new remedy...and if I see that it's fine and working for my dog...than I increase gradually.

I hope you find this helpful...as much as I found the previous posts about this remedy helpful. I feel so lucky to know about EARTH CLINIC...this site has helped my entire family with treatment (successful treatments) for different ailments.

And let me also say...that if your gut tells you to take your dog to see the vet...PLEASE follow your instincts. I just choose to avoid the stress on my dog...and try a natural approach first. GOOD LUCK!


Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey
Posted by Krystal (Alvin, Tx) on 04/05/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My dog was diagnosed with pyometra Saturday. She is a 13 year old 20lb Chihuahua/ Wiener dog mix. I had noticed she had a lack of appetite and seemed very fatigued for a few days. I also noticed her excessively licking her vaginal area. Saturday she seemed very very sick. She wouldn't respond to my voice at all/ eat/ drink/ use the bathroom/ move/ her breathing was shallow and erratic/ abdomen seemed extended. I picked her up to have my sister look at her and saw there was what looked like blood coming out of her. Allot of blood. It was all over me. I rushed her to an emergency vet who told me it was Pyometra and without a very expensive surgery she had very little hope and she was so sick she probably wouldn't survive the surgery. I love my dog very much but I simply do not have any way of obtaining that kind of money. Period. But I couldn't give up on her that easy. So, the vet gave her fluids and a shot of antibiotics and sent us home with antibiotics and pain meds and instructions to bring her back to be euthanized if she didn't get better. I brought her home.

Saturday night, as she lay beside me, with no light left in her eyes, struggling to breath, I came across these miracle stories and first thing Sunday I went to find Manuka Honey, Turmeric, and vitamin c powder. I could not find Manuka honey anywhere close to me so I got raw honey and went online and had the Manuka honey overnighted to me. I started giving her 1 tbsp of honey, 2,000 mg of vitamin C powder and 1/2 tsp of Turmeric powder every eight hours. I almost immediately noticed a difference. She was responding to my voice, I boiled some chicken breast and she ate.

She progressively has done better every day. I finally got the Manuka honey Tuesday And since then almost seems back to her normal self. Today is Wednesday and she is still having a discharge but it's not bloody anymore. The swelling in her abdomen has gone way down, the light in her eyes is back. I am so thankful to have found this site, I'm sure my baby would be dead right now had I not come across this. I hope this helps someone in the future.


Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey
Posted by Tania (London) on 10/17/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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 😃


Vitamin C

Posted by Venus_in_mars (Venice, Ca) on 09/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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)


Vitamin C
Posted by Lani (Philippines) on 08/13/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.