Pyometra in Dogs: Treatment and Home Remedies

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Pyometra is an infection of the uterus in dogs that can be life threatening. Traditionally, an emergency spay is done to remove the infected uterus. If begun quickly and used faithfully, natural remedies can be used to effectively treat pyometra and surgery may be avoided.

There are two types of pyometra – open or closed. An open pyometra is less dangerous than a closed pyometra. With a closed pyometra, the cervix is closed and the infection is not able to drain out of the uterus. Eventually the uterus can rupture, spilling infection all through the abdominal cavity and causing death. With an open pyometra, the cervix is open. A dog with an open pyometra will usually have a vaginal discharge that smells foul and can contain blood and/or pus. Pyometra typically occurs 2-8 weeks following a heat cycle. It can occur in younger dogs but is more common in older dogs.

Symptoms of Pyometra

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Distended abdomen
  • Foul, bloody or pus filled vaginal discharge
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive thirst
  • Depression

With a closed pyometra a dog can become very sick quickly. She may be vomiting and have diarrhea.

Manuka Honey, Turmeric and Vitamin C Protocol for Pyometra

A combination of Manuka honey, turmeric and vitamin C has been found to be an effective natural remedy for dogs with pyometra. The suggested dosages below are to be give three times a day. (Do not divide the dose by three, use the listed amount each time you dose your dog.)

On the first day of treatment, you may even wish to give each dose 4 or 5 times and then use the protocol three times a day. Once the infection is resolved, continuing one dose of the protocol daily for a month can help prevent a re-occurrence.

How Much Manuka Honey Should I Give My Dog for Pyometra?

Manuka honey can be found at health food stores and larger natural grocery stores. If you cannot get manuka honey, substitute raw honey until you can order some online.

  • Over 80 pounds   3 teaspoons
  • 21-80 pounds       1 1/2 teaspoon
  • 5-20 pounds         3/4 teaspoon

How Much Turmeric Should I Give My Dog for Pyometra?

Turmeric can be found at health food stores or your grocery store. If you have turmeric capsules you can empty the capsules out to find out how much each capsule contains.

  • Over 80 pounds   1 teaspoon
  • 41-80 pounds       1/2 teaspoon
  • 21-40 pounds       1/4 teaspoon
  • 5 -20 pounds        1/16 -1/8 teaspoon

How Much Vitamin C Should I Give My Dog for Pyometra?

The sodium ascorbate vitamin C is the easiest on the stomach of your dog.

  • 5-20 pounds          500-1,000 mg
  • 20-80 pounds        1,000-2,000 mg
  • Over 80 pounds    2,000-4,000 mg

If you only have one or two of the three items for the protocol available, use what you have and secure the remaining items as soon as possible.

The hardest part of the protocol may be getting your dog to take the remedies.

Be gentle and creative. Figure out what treats tempt your dog the most. Cooked chicken or liver may work well to mix the ingredients with.

If your dog refuses foods take the ingredients for each dose and mix them together with some water to make the ingredients thin enough to put into a syringe. Slowly and gently give the solution to your dog a little at a time. It is okay if it takes 10 -15 minutes to get the solution in to your dog.

Keep your dog comfortable, clean and warm while she is recovering.

Important Feedback From Our Readers

Read extensive feedback from our readers who have tried this combination of remedies here to learn more about how quickly it heals.

Pyometra Cautions

If your dog has had pyometra, unless she is spayed, she will continue to be at risk for this condition. If she has had pyometra and recovered and you do not spay her, you will want to keep watch for early signs of pyometra in the future. A prophylactic daily dose of vitamin C may be appropriate for a dog with a history of pyometra who remains intact.

If you choose to treat pyometra at home because you wish to keep your dog intact or because the cost of surgery is prohibitive, do understand the risks of home treatment (the longer pyometra goes on, the increased likelihood of fatality.) If your dog is not showing signs of improvement or seems to be getting worse, veterinary attention would be prudent if at all possible.

Do you have a natural remedy for pyometra? Please send us some feedback!

Continue reading to see how our readers have treated Pyometra naturally using the remedies listed above.


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.

Replied by Cindy
Ca
12/29/2017

How is your dog doing as of now?

Replied by Jim
Los Angeles, Ca
02/05/2018

She is cured. She has not had a recurrence. I am considering having her spayed before her next heat in order to avoid a possible future occurrence.

EC: Wonderful news! Thanks for reporting back!

Replied by Fatmah
Honolulu
04/03/2018

Saw your comments. one capsule each of the Echinacea and Goldenseal root 225/225mg? My dog is about 20lbs.

Thanks

Replied by A'nassyah
Tx
04/27/2018

Could you explain the healing process to me? I've been trying to find it so I would know what to expect but most people just simply go for an emergency spay instead of treatment.


Manuka Honey

Posted by Dennis (Beach Park, Il) on 05/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Like others here on this site, I do know manuka honey works as my dog was going thru coughing, gagging, sneezing and runny nose I was told by a vet she had heart worm or heart disease, so I started giving her kefir, manuka honey and hawthorne berry and everything has disappeared, but like everyone else here I firmly believe now she is going thru pyometra with her leaking, so hers might not be as bad since she was already on the manuka honey and kefir before it all started, so now I am going to use this remedy with kefir, manuka, turmeric and vitamin c. By the way, my dog is Chihuahua and is 13 years old, I have gone to 2 vets and I solved one problem that they could not solve, after spending numerous dollars on an allergy test and meds,

Replied by Jenni
Bermuda
08/25/2017

Hi Dennis, my dane who is 6 1/2 has just been diagnosed with Pyometra and the vets have given me an estimated op cost which is huge and something I cannot financially at the moment afford. I am a believer in an holistic approach and was glad to hear your story with the Manuka honey unfortunately I am not able to obtain the honey. is there an alternative that you can suggest? and how much was the portions you gave to your dog just to give me an idea as my girl was 200lb but lost some weight so I would say about 160-180 now. Appreciate any help.


Posted by Manuka Dad (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/21/2017
4 out of 5 stars

BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Manuka Honey Vitamin C Closed Pyometra became Open

okay.... 10 days ago, my dog weighed 87lbs. She's down to 77, but still alive. Was given $3k quote for emergency surgery for closed pyometra. While the vet left the room for me to decide, I jumped on her computer and started googling.

Declined the surgery and took my dog home. 4 days in, she could barely walk. Was trying antibiotics and manuka honey, but she would not eat anything, so I had to force open her mouth and force it. Thought she was going to die...Now we are ten days in and she is walking again, and has started draining pus. More and more pus is coming out. She is still not eating, but drinking a lot and peeing a lot.

I started with the =10 manuka from Trader Joes and today I went for the +24 Manuka Doctor from Whole Foods. I take a big finger glob and put in a piece of sliced turkey or ham and wrap it up and force her mouth open like I saw on a veterinary website and get the food in her throat and close her mouth and rub her neck.

She doesn't like that, but she's getting better. She is still not eating, but we went for a walk last night, about a mile. That's huge. We are not out of the woods by any means.

Replied by Brett
Nc
04/29/2017

Did your dog survive? If so, how long did it take to heal her/him?

Replied by Erin
Columbus, Oh
02/14/2018

I was so relieved to read your story because it's very similar to ours. Just wondering how your pupper is doing and if the treatment worked for her.

Replied by Amber
Las Vegas
02/28/2018

I was wondering if your dog was ever cured?? I am going through the same thing :(


Posted by Manuka Mom (Los Angeles) on 08/19/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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 Robert
Tx
09/03/2016

At 230 in the afternoon, she became very uneasy and whimpered a lot, she looked at me for help, could not stand it...so 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 apply....by the way she was a rescue dog. So happy

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles
09/12/2016

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)

Plus

- 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
Mpls., Mn
09/13/2016

Robert,

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
Ohio
09/21/2016

Hi,

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
10/14/2016

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
Chicago
10/21/2016

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.

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles
10/28/2016

You can find Manuka Honey 15+ (ideal potency for us was this strength at least for the first couple of days) at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts and maybe even Trader Joes. We used Wedderspoon brand, and I can't speak to others. You can also buy online at Amazon and Vitacost.

Vitamin C appears to have been effective in many preparations, according to other posters. I simply prefer to get it from food sources (e.g., Amla or Camu Camu).

Last but not least, another woman use the same basic remedy but added turmeric, and I agree 100% that it could offer additional benefit, in my experience.

Hope all is going well and apologies that I didn't see this post until now.

Blessings to you,

Manuka Mom


Manuka Honey, Vitamin C

Posted by Brett (Nc) on 05/14/2017

I need your help. I have a golden retriever that has had open pyometra for almost three weeks. Initially I took her to the vet emergency and they wanted 3K. No go. They prescribed antibiotics. I'm against them. I've always taken care of this dog naturally and have never give her anything unnatural. She's always eaten organic and for almost two years a whole foods and raw diet. It would go totally against my game plan to do anything other.

For the entire time now she's eaten, drank, pooped and peed fine with good temp. She's been very weak but has been able to walk for the most part. No vomiting or diarrhea. Very good digestion as usual.

Initially she just had small amounts of puss. Now, for the last four days it's been bloody puss. Very dark red and large amounts. When I saw these posts weeks ago, I started her on quality Manuka 3-4 times a day, two vitamin C 500s a day and initially I had given her an anti-inflammatory from the local vet. She doesn't like the turmeric. Yesterday she wasn't hungry for the first time but she still ate some food. Organic sirloin, potatoes and I've been injecting fresh juice into her mouth with bone broth and egg yolk.

I'm just worried about all this blood loss ya know. It drains, then it stops for a while, it drains, then it stops for a while. Sure, it's not just blood. It's puss but it's very dark red so it's quite a bit of blood.

God help my little girl. Thanks for your attention.

Brett

Replied by Mary
Tampa
05/14/2017

Dear Brett, I am sorry to hear about your dog. Have you tried giving turmeric/curcumin capsules in a "pill pocket"? I give my dog turmeric twice a day for her joints and hide the capsule in a pill pocket. Works extremely well. She never refuses it. I hope your dog gets better very soon!

Replied by Brett
Nc
05/15/2017

Chakra update: I just found a very affordable vet that can do a pyometra surgery ($300-$400)! I scheduled the surgery for Thursday morning! I'm sure she'll be fine until then because she's walking MUCH better and draining a lot less and seems to be recovering. Another vet wanted $1300! (Three weeks ago the first local vet wouldn't do it at all. They said I had to go to the emergency for a pyometra because she needed to stay there overnight. $3000! ) I just called the vet to complain and all they fed me nothing but BS. These other vets have you take them in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. Lesson learned! Shop around for medical treatments. For vets, AVOID buildings that look expensive in high dollar areas in town! The vet I'm going to is in a country area away from town. Yaa hoo!


Posted by Coco's Mom (Philadelphia, Pa) on 03/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

So glad I found this page! Our dog came down with closed pyometra last week during her heat. She went down quick. Not our normal Coco. We have never heard her cry or yelp but when she tried getting up 3 different times last week she cried. I stopped at a natural food store after reading this article and purchased some Manuka Doctor +24 and we ordered Vitamin C for dogs. The first 3 days we didn't have anything. The vet hospital was going to charge $3800. We didn't have it and thought we may have to put her down. Coco is 10 years old and a boxer/mastiff mix. It hurt us to see her look at us like, "help me daddy & mommy." We started giving her the mix and she is slowly coming back. Much improvement has been made. She will see the vet next week and hopefully he'll give her antibiotics to help clear this up. As soon as this happens, she will be spayed. If anyone lives near Richmond, VA there is a place that does the surgery for $455.00. They don't believe in charging families all of that money and don't want us to have to choose between bills and an animal. Thank you all for your encouraging stories. Praying for all dogs that are going through this!

Replied by Tonya
Richmond Va
08/25/2018

What is the vet clinics name for the pyometra surgery?

Crystal
Baltimore Md
11/23/2018

Tonya, the name of the vet clinic in Richmond VA is Helping Hands Vet. I'm looking into it to since my dog has open Pyometra.


Pyometra Remedies

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
Mpls., Mn
08/28/2013

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
12/26/2014

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
Mpls., Mn
12/26/2014

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
01/21/2015
1 out of 5 stars

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.