Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey for Pyometra - #1 Most Popular

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Posted by Cheryl (Princeton, Mn) on 01/05/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Our sweet girl Pepper is a 10-11 year old Australian Shepherd (age is approximate since she was a rescue) who was diagnosed with Closed Pyometra on a Tuesday and I'm writing this on a Thursday. After hearing that surgery could run anywhere between 3-5K, I made an appointment for the next day to have her euthanized. This was a very sad day and I was desperate to see if there were other options; what else did I have to lose, right? I went searching, found your website and thought I would give a remedy I had read about on the site a go. Prior to giving Pepper the concoction, she had not been eating very much at all for about a week. She is 66lbs. I started out with 4500 mg of vitamin C, 90-120 mg of Curcumin and a large teaspoon of Maruka Honey every 8 hours.

To our delight, she seemed much happier after the first two times we fed this to her. She has had two bowl movements and I've never been so happy to see that in my yard! This morning is day 3 and we are cautiously optimistic. Her temp is back in the normal range, her ears are perky and she's moving a lot more and with more energy. I take this as a good sign that she is feeling much better.

More time is needed to tell if this method is successful for Pepper. I will give and update in a couple days.

I do have a question about Closed vs Open Pyometra. Since Pepper was diagnosed with the closed type, I was under the impression there would not be any drainage, but there definitely is, so I'm wondering if this could be a misdiagnosis or if there is usually a little drainage with the closed type?

Thanks for reading and any advice would be welcomed:-)

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Cheryl, If there is drainage then it is an open pyo - it may not be a misdiagnosis, it might be that the remedy worked to open the cervix to allow for drainage. I have experienced two pyos - one open where the only symptom was a picky appetite and then the funky drainage, and a closed where my girl was not feeling well with a rising temp and abdominal pain. In both cases the vet advised to spay, and in the first case I was so confused I took their advise; in hind sight I believe this was unnecessary and that other approaches could have saved the uterus. In the second case it was a no brainer - dog in serious pain with rising temp, and I did the spay - no regrets. In my area the emergency spay was $1,200.00 - so your 3-5K quote sounds ridiculously excessive. Because pyos are linked to heat cycles/waxing and waning hormone levels, if Pepper makes a full recovery she will still be prone to a pyo down the road; you may wish to have her spayed once she is clearly out of the woods as a non-emergency spay should be considerably less expensive. Please keep us posted on Pepper's recovery!

Replied by Cheryl
(Minnesota, Usa)

Hi Theresa,

I'm also in Minnesota and contacted Blue Pearl who gave the 3 - 5K estimate for surgery. As I understood from our vet, the University and Blue Pearl are the only two vet clinics who perform the emergency Pyometra surgery. Is that right?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Cheryl,

I had both of my girls who had pyo's done at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital. Blue Pearl looks like an emergency / specialty [$$$$] and the U of M is just plain $$$$. You do pay extra for the extra care and antibiotics needed for a pyo, but if your girl is on the mend and not in crisis then you should be able to schedule an appointment during regular hours and avoid the excessive emergency fee.

Replied by Erin
(Columbus, Oh)

Our dog is also suffering from closed pyometra and has been on the treatment now for two days. I just wanted to follow up and see how it turned out for your puppy. Did she have discharge after starting the treatment and how long did it take for her to heal? All of these testimonies that have been shared are from people just starting it and I just wanted to know how it turned out for you.

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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 😃

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! )

Replied by Manuka Mom
(Los Angeles)

Okay, I'm crying now...tears of joy that your dog made it through, thanks to the Manuka, Vitamin C and Turmeric. What an answer to prayer. I'm SO glad I shared my story and that it has been of benefit to you!!!!!!!!

Replied by Vilma
(Miami, Fl.)
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you sooooo very much for this little miracle of natural medicine, you have no idea how fast my dog with pyometra got up and going, the vet told me the only solution was to remove her uterus and clean her up. The operation itself was risky and I decided to go online to search for natural ways to cure pyometra, my dog was not eating, she is a 100lb dogo and she was weighing 70, I gave her 4500mg of Vitamin C, Turmeric, and it says manuka honey but I didn't have any so I gave her raw pure organic honey, within like 2 hours she was already eating, wow I couldn't believe it she was all down lethargic not eating one hour and the next she was up and eating.Thank you sooooo much!

Replied by Kimberly

How much turmeric? Starting this on my Saint.

EC: This page has dosing information for turmeric for dogs.

Replied by Cheryl
(Princeton, Mn)

I have an appointment to put my dog down tomorrow. I just saw your website and this post. I would like to get further instruction about quantities of Tumeric and honey with the vitamin C. She weighs 66 pounds this morning at the vet when she was diagnosed with Pyometria

Replied by Caroline

Hi I just realised nobody replied to your post there, I hope that you were able to go down another route other than having your dog put down?

My girl is a Presa Canario and weighs in at 140LBS (65kg)and has just turned 4 when she got Pyometra 4 weeks after her cycle last year it was extremely scary as she is normally such a strong and healthy dog. I feed her a raw diet of beef, chicken, lamb, heart, kidneys and bones and she is really well exercised. I first noticed the odd bit of discharge from her that was a milky/bloody consistency I thought at first it was just her expelling the rest of her heat, but then I noticed over a couple of days that she was expelling more and more and that she was suddenly drinking a LOT of water like every 30mins, she was restless and off her food. I took her to the vet he took her Temp and it was high he suspected Pyometra as her abdomen was firm although in a large muscular dog it is hard to tell that. He prescribed strong oral antibiotics but she point bank refused to take them I had to dissolve and syringe them in to her but still she wasn't taking them all, I went back to vet after 2 days as the discharge was immense literally draining out of her, he gave her injections of antibiotics and vitamins for 5 days and then more oral antibiotics for a week. I took her temp everyday and it was normal after the first 2 days of injections, all we could do after that was wait for the infection to drain out of her I believe she had 10lbs of it in her and in total it took 2 weeks for it to all come away. She did not eat ANYTHING for 9 days which in a big dog she could cope with as long as she was drinking but in a small dog it would be a real worry.

My vet told me after that I needed to get her spayed as it could come back each year but I haven't as she is such a big dog it would be a HUGE operation, so now she is back in heat and I am looking for all the help I can get to prevent it from happening again, I put Cider vinegar in her food and I am going to start giving her a couple of spoonfuls of Manuka, I always have it in anyway as it is great for cuts and bites etc, I have never given her Vit C so advice on dosage and how to administer would be great!

Any help is appreciated especially from Large Breed dog owners, If it happens again I want to be super prepared, as soon as her heat finishes I will check her temp as that is a sure fire way to see if there is an infection developing.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Caroline, My only advise along with monitoring the temp is to feed foods with infection fighting properties. Oil of Oregano, kelp, turmeric come to mind, along with the high doses of vitamin C, and also colloidal silver. IMHO the time to really watch for problems is 3-4 weeks after the cycle ends. Good luck and please keep us posted!

Replied by Cheryl
(Minnesota, Usa)

Hi Caroline from Ireland!

I started out giving Pepper (she is 66 lbs.) 4500 mg of Vitamin C. She developed diarrhea after the first 24 hours so I backed off on that to about half until her midday feeding on the 3rd day when I didn't give her any Vit. C. Her stool was back to normal this morning. I gave her 1000 mg of Vit. C this morning and will most likely continue with that dosage. From what I understand, too much vitamin c can cause diarrhea, so that's when you know you will need to back off on the dosage. As far as how I administered.... I made a paste with the honey, curcumin and vit. c and spread it on a thin layer of raw ground beef, I cover that with another thin layer of the ground beef. Then I cut that into bite sized pieces for her to eat. I hope this is helpful.

Replied by Lani

Hi Caroline!

You may give your dog up to 3,000 mg. of vitamin C per day. But considering that she is not yet sick, I think that 2,000 mg. of Vitamin C per day will be fine. You can give 1,000 mg. in the morning and 1,000 mg. in the evening. Put the vitamin c between slices of meat and feed it to her. Since pyometra occurs about 2-8 weeks after the dog's heat then you can prevent it from happening just by giving your dog 2,000 mg. vitamin C per day one week after her heat. Just to build up her immune system against any bacteria that may have gained entry in her uterus. You may continue giving her the vitamin c continuously for at least two weeks. That will ensure that any bacteria present will be adequately killed by her immune system. I do that now with my older female dogs since two of them got pyometra months ago. Back then I merely used the vitamin C treatment to cure them. So far, pyometra has not reoccured in any of my dogs and hey, one of them is now 14 years old, still active, and I'm hoping that she'll live to a ripe old age... Hope your dog stays well!

Replied by Springflames

Hi guys I need your help..

I have a 2 yrs old pekingenese who was just diagnosed with an open pyometra. Her vet strongly suggested an immediate operation however I don't have that much money. Right now my dog is already active and her appetite is back but the vet told me that if I don't put her to surgery as soon as possible she might suffer more in the near future.

I read this post while searching for alternative treatment for my dog, I would like to try giving her Vitamin C, turmeric and honey but I don't know how much should I give her. My dog is only 3.2kilos (7.05lbs)

Also for the vitamin C, what specific type should I look for? Can an organic honey be a substitute for manuka honey? I live here in the Philippines so Manuka honey is really hard to find.

I hope you can help me...

Thank you and God bless :)

Replied by Lani

Hi Springfields!

I too am from the Philippines and if you read the post here concerning vitamin c, you will read that I was able to cure the open pyometra of my dog way back in the year 2015. That's true, there is no available manuka honey here but turmeric and vitamin c is locally available.

Treatment of your dog using vitamin c depends on the level of saturation that can be achieved in the bloodstream. Meaning, you can give as much vitamin c to your dog until you observe diarrhea. Diarrhea is an indication that her bloodstream is already saturated with vitamin c hence you must taper the dose to the point where your dog will no longer experience diarrhea.

I then used 4,500 mg. of vitamin c for my dog that is medium-sized. Since you have a small dog, I suggest trying 1,000 mg. initially. Give 500 mg. in the morning and 500 mg. in the evening. If she does not experience diarrhea, increase the dose to 1,500 mg. the following day. Give 500 mg. doses in the morning, lunchtime, and at night. If there is no diarrhea, increase the dose again to 2,000 mg. the following day, and so on. Once the dog experiences diarrhea, decrease the dose to the previous one and then maintain it until the dog is healed. You know that she is cured already when there is no more vaginal discharge.

I used Vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbate for my dog. It is available in our local drugstores. It is white and crystalline in appearance. If you like to use turmeric also in conjunction with vitamin c, by all means do so because it is also an anti-inflammatory and an immune system booster.

Good luck and I wish your dog well.

Replied by Springflames

Hi Lani,

Thank you so much for reply to my post, it means a lot for me and my dog. My dog was just discharged yesterday 01/10/17 from the vet hospital. She is now eating well and already active, however she drinks and pees alot and I can still observe the white pus discharge.

Today is my day 1 of vitamin C treatment, I gave her a total of 3,393mg of sodium ascorbate plus a teaspoon of turmeric. I tried giving her turmeric paste but she strongly disliked it, I tried to add honey but still she's having a hard time swallowing it. Can you give me a tip on how to administer it without that much of a struggle.

BTW her vet prescribed me the ff:

2ml of oral antibiotic syrup (2x a day)

1inch of Nutripet high-energy concentrate gel

2 tablespoon of dextrose powder (dilute in her water)

On top of this I'm giving her the 3,393mg of sodium ascorbate plus a teaspoon of turmeric. I'm afraid of overdosing my dog with a lot of medication, so I want to hear your opinion about it. Is it too much or not?

Replied by Lani

Hi Springflames!

Try to put the turmeric powder in between slices of your dog's favorite meat. Hopefully she will gobble up the meat fast enough without noticing the powder. If she chews on her food then that may pose a problem because she will be able to taste the turmeric. Alternatively, you may mix the turmeric powder with your dog's favorite liquid drink and administer it to her using a syringe.

Regarding your other question, I am not competent to assess whether the medications you are giving are already too much. I am not a veterinarian. It is worth to note, however that your vet prescribed the medications based on what he has been taught in veterinary school.

All I can relate to you is my own personal experience regarding the use of vitamin c for my dogs and also what I have researched regarding the matter. I was able to cure the pyometra of 2 of my dogs using only vitamin c. I never used any antibiotic back then. Not even turmeric. Just my dog's favorite cooked meat. Also, I noticed that healing was faster when the vitamin c was mixed with milk as well.

Again, good luck to you and your dog. Sana gumaling ang aso mo.

Replied by Konika Dey
(Bangalore, India)

My labredor (Plutus 11yrs 68pound) was heavily bleeding from 3april -17 April I had been giving curd water n rice with curd n 1tablet of 500mg vitC she was fine till 5 may now since few days her stomach was swollen, back legs were week she couldn't climb up n down stairs then we took her to vet on 16may n I got to know she is suffering from closed pyrometra. N Dr. Suggested for operation for which I am not comfortable.

Now again I have started giving her vitC twice n as suggested here since yesterday morning I had started with boiled termeric in water mixed with blackpeper n normal honey twice a day. Today I noticed worm in her poop so evening will get deworming medicine also. My dog will recover soon wish my Plutus. I am also giving 2 per day antibiotic medicine which is given by doctor for 5days.

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