Vitamin C for Pyometra - #2 Most Popular Remedy

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Vitamin C for Pyometra.

Vitamin C can be an effective natural remedy for pyometra in female dogs, according to Earth Clinic readers.

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

Dose of Vitamin C for 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.)

Use sodium ascorbate vitamin C if possible as it 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 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.

Continue reading below for more information from Earth Clinic readers who tried Vitamin C for pyometra in their dog.

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4 User Reviews



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)

Replied by Dina
(Connecticut)
07/04/2017

My Ginger a poodle has a surgery scheduled in the morning, I'm afraid to go through with it in fear she may not survive and do not have $3000, how many times a day are you giving the combo of Vit C and coconut oil. I've been giving her the tumeric honey and C mix 4 times a day for the last two days.


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Posted by Deicelylah (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 05/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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 Carmen
(Holyoke, Ma)
05/19/2017

My dog is has a uterus infection. Please tell me what kind of vitamin c I need to get. Thank you.

Replied by Felicia
(Texas)
04/09/2018

What brand of vitamin c did you use?


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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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
08/13/2015

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)
05/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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)
05/06/2016

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
(Philippines)
05/07/2016

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)
06/28/2016

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
(Mpls., Mn)
06/28/2016

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
(India)
07/15/2016

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 Lani
(Philippines)
07/15/2016

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 Vignesh
(Chennai, Tamilnadu, India)
11/28/2016

Hi, I a from India too and a loser to get vision of this blog so late..My pet is suffering from open pyometra for nearly a month.The treatment was very immediate after we saw discharge from her vulva..We started with a 14 day course of oral antibiotic "chefpet" then followed by intravenous fluids and amoxicillin for 5 days and continuous monitoring of her creatinine level as we feared her kidney was damaged heavy..then after 7 days the discharge stopped and she was eating solids after 20 days..but it did not last the very fourth day (last Friday) she stopped eating and recurrent vomits, pinkish discharge made her faint and it got worst with diarrhea .. Now again we have started with intravenous fluids and amoxicillin again from yesterday.. Doctor's words were it is too infected but my family is trying hard to save the life of a 14 yr old member..Thank God I got to see this page which had actually injected hope that got lost a day back....

My query is that my pet is suffering open pyometra .current situation is she has vomits, diarrhea and pinkish discharge. I am giving her mucane gel, methalgin, water, orsl and taking her to vet everyday for intravenous fluids and amoxicillin....kindly help me with the possible method and the quantity of vitamin c that can be administered..I am and will be grateful for all your kind and generous words of advice.. Is it ok if a administer milk with vit c but I fear both milk as well as vit c are not good for diarrhea.pls help

Replied by Lani
(Philippines)
11/28/2016

Hi Vignesh!

I'm so sorry that your dog is extremely ill. I'm not a veterinarian, but I do a lot of reading and research. It seems to me that your dog's case is really complicated at this point due to the vomiting and diarrhea that she is experiencing. It is my opinion though that the level of probiotics in her gut or intestines is already very low due to the course of antibiotics that had been administered to her. You see antibiotics will not only kill the bad bacteria but will also kill the good ones. Normally the good bacteria in the gut will outnumber the bad ones such that you will not experience vomiting or diarrhea. Once the bad bacteria outnumbers the good ones then expect that you will experience vomiting or diarrhea, or both. It is therefore my opinion that you give probiotics to your dog orally in large amounts to control the vomiting and diarrhea. Once the vomiting and diarrhea stops for at least 24 hours then you can already begin the Vitamin C therapy. It is useless to give the Vitamin C if your dog is still vomiting because she will just vomit it.

Dosage of Vitamin C for your dog will be based upon the level of saturation that can be achieved in the bloodstream. Meaning, you can give your dog as much Vitamin C that she can tolerate until you observe that she experiences diarrhea. Diarrhea is an indication that the dog's bloodstream is already saturated with Vitamin C hence you need to taper or reduce the dose to the point that she will no longer experience diarrhea. It is safe to give a very high dose at the onset of treatment because the dog's immune system is trying to combat a heavy infection at that point.

If your dog refuses to eat then you have to mix the Vitamin C powder with milk or meat broth. But in my case, I found out that my dog got well faster with milk. Use a syringe to make the dog drink the milk. I would recommend a dose of 2,000 mg. Vitamin C to be given with the milk three times daily or a total of 6,000 mg. per day. Once the dog is able to eat solid food taper the dose to only 3,000 mg. per day or 1,000 mg. per milk feeding three times daily.

Good luck to you and God bless. I wish your dog well.

Replied by Dina
(Connecticut)
07/04/2017

Thank you for this post. I have organic coconut milk powder I am going to give her tonight.

Replied by Hannelle
(Philippines)
10/11/2017

My dog have open pyometra but a big abdomen. Can I give her a combination of antibiotic and vitamin c? or will it cancel the effect if combined?

Replied by Lani
(Philippines)
10/19/2017

Hi Hanelle!

I did not use antibiotics before on my dogs and yet I successfully treated them. I relied solely on vitamin c. The danger of using antibiotics is that it also kills the good bacteria in the intestines such that if its level becomes dangerously low, you will have a dog with vomiting, diarrhea, or both. You need to supplement your dog's diet with probiotics if you intend to go ahead with the use of antibiotics. This is to replace the good bacteria that will be killed by the antibiotics.

Replied by Alyssq
(Philippines)
12/04/2017

Other than vitamin C is your dog on other medications such as antibiotics?

Replied by Lani
(Philippines)
12/06/2017

I did not use any other medication. Not even antibiotics. Just the vitamin c.

Replied by Aarati
(Maharashtra, India.)
12/28/2017

congratulations for your dog...now how she is? can using vitamin c daily prevent reoccurance of pyometra?

Replied by Lani
(Philippines)
12/31/2017

Both my dogs are well, one is turning 15 years old by February and the other will be 11 years old by May 2018. Yes, vitamin c prevented recurrence of pyometra on my dogs, I just dose them with at least 1000 mg. of vitamin c everyday for at least 4 weeks after heat. I also just want to share an experience that happened to my sister's dog that is 10 years old. 9 days after heat she started refusing to eat so I told my sister that she probably has pyometra and that she give the dog a high dose of vitamin c. We wanted to use manuka honey too but we do not have that here in the Philippines. My sister did just that; the dog was fine but her abdomen started to become big. There was no vaginal discharge at all, so it became apparent to us by the 10th day that we were dealing with a closed pyometra. The dilemma for us then was how to induce the uterus to open naturally so that the pus could drain out of it. After researching the internet, we found out that arsenicum album worked for a dog with open pyometra. We were wondering if this would also work for this dog since her case is different. We researched that some homeopathic remedies do induce a cleansing or detoxification reaction in the body- and we thought that if we give it to our dog, will the uterus cleanse itself and open up to expel its contents? The highest dose that a homeopath (who is not a vet) had available here was 200c in pellet form. He said that we could try giving the dog 5 pellets 3x daily, at least 30 minutes before food intake. He told us however that the 200c was a strong dose. So in the evening, we initially tried 3 pellets dissolved in a small amount of water for the dog to consume. We noticed that she was able to sleep. The following morning, we gave her 4 pellets. To our surprise, 20 minutes after administration the pus started to drain out of the dog's vagina. We were ecstatic that the closed pyometra became open. We then discontinued use of the arsenicum album and continued with the vitamin c treatment. The dog was taking a long time to heal however; so we researched again if there is a substitute for manuka honey that we can use. Manuka honey is effective because it has strong antibacterial properties. If we can find another natural product that is strongly antibacterial, then we can solve the problem. After researching, we came up with royal jelly which is another bee product. Luckily it can be ordered online here in the Philippines. The one that we were able to buy was capsulated, containing 75 mg of powdered royal jelly per capsule. In the morning, we opened 2 capsules and mixed it with powdered milk dissolved in water and vitamin c. We let the dog consume it and repeated the process during noon and night. To our surprise, the purulent appearance of the pus coming out of the dog's vagina started to clear up immediately the following day. Ater seven days of treatment there was no more vaginal discharge. The pyometra completely cleared up and the dog returned to her usual self, with lots of energy and good appetite.

I hope that this information will be able to help someone in the future who is in the same predicament. And I just want to say thank you to all dog lovers who take care of and look after the welfare of their dogs. I love you guys!!!

Replied by Teresa
(Fl)
03/14/2018

Would this be good for my cat? She still has an appetite and she is herself.

My cat has slight discharge of blood all the time from her vagina. Other than that she is fine, full of energy and eating well from her symptoms I think she has pyometrea. Can I give her the vit c powder the turmeric and the Manuka honey?

Replied by Maggie
(Id)
03/15/2018
35 posts

Research D-Mannose, you might want to try that. It's sweet and easy to give to pets. Worked on my dog.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
03/15/2018

Hey Teresa,

Yes - you can give your cat all of those remedies. But my advice is to please take your cat to the vet for a diagnosis. Most of the time with pyo's the pet is NOT eating well, finicky and depressed. It is possible your cat has another critical health issue.

Replied by Roni
(Philippines)
05/11/2018

Hi Lani,

Currently following your advice for our dog who have an open pyometra. She's looking better now, slowly gaining her energy and the appetite to eat. Just wanted to know how long did you treat your dogs with Vit C and to ask if it is normal for them to excrete pus because of the treatment?

Looking forward for your kind response.

Thanks! 😊

Replied by Lani
(Philippines)
05/12/2018

Hi Roni!

In my experience it takes a long time to cure your dog with vitamin c. My first dog took about 2 1/2 months but I continued the treatment up to the third month just to make sure. My second dog took 1 month when I mixed the vitamin c with milk. I guess though that the duration of treatment depends on the age of the dog, her physical condition, and the severity of the disease. I had an experience with another dog though; the duration of treatment was shortened when, in addition to vitamin c capsulated bee propolis was given. The one that I was able to buy online were capsulated with 500 mg. content per capsule. It took about 8 days for the dog to heal. I even gave up to 9 capsules in a day and there were no side effects on the dog. Another option is royal jelly because it is available online here in the Philippines. You can also give up to 6 capsules per day of a 500 mg. concentration. In my experience, it took 7 days for the dog to heal. Both bee propolis and royal jelly are strongly antibacterial. But if I were you, I would initially use royal jelly because of its high nutrient content which will be beneficial for a dog who is not able to eat. If it is not available, I highly recommend bee propolis with the vitamin c.

Replied by Lani
(Philippines)
05/12/2018

Hi again Roni!

This is regarding your other question. Yes, it is normal for pus to exit during treatment. In my experience, when I began the treatment the discharge was initially pinkish to reddish and a little bit watery. As I continued treatment the discharge became whitish and less watery. Then when the dog is nearly cured the discharge became clear in appearance. And finally, the discharge will completely disappear. You will know that your dog is cured when there is no more discharge and your dog will have a voracious appetite. Just to be sure, continue treatment for at least 2 weeks more just to make sure that all bacteria in your dog's uterus is already cleared up.

Replied by Nancy C.
(Miami)
05/16/2018

I going to buy vitamin c, right now....because I not have money for surgery....omg...i hope this can help my dog..!