Vet Diary - Totally Avoidable Trouble
When the litle Jack Russell terrier was brought to our kennels, she was rushed straight into the Animal Welfare centre, obviously very unwell. Her body temperature was low, she was very underweight, dehydrated, and with a masively swollen abdomen. An ultrasound scan in our veterinary surgery revealed a uterus full of pus, what we call a "closed pyo". Sometimes when the womb becomes infected the bitch develops a discharge, however sometimes, as in this case, the entrance to the womb gets blocked and the pus builds up inside. This can lead to septicaemia and death. The only cure is an emergency hysterectomy, which was carried out there and then.
Thankfully due to intensive nursing, intravenous fluids, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories she was soon well on the road to recovery, and was rehomed a couple of weeks later.
The council are not invoiced for the work that we do. When we first started Stray Aid, the attitude was that if euthanasia was cheaper than treatment then that was seen as the preferred option. Something that we most certainly did not agree with! If you would like to support the vital work that we do here at Stray Aid's Animal Welfare Centre, please visit visit http://www.strayaid.org.uk/support-us.
Of course, if she had been spayed, this would have been completely avoided. If you are not planning to breed from your dog, there are many reasons to consider having him or her neutered or spayed. An if you are planning to breed, please think twice. Rescues are overflowing with dogs as it is, do you really want to bring more puppies into the world?