What is the treatment of pyometra?
Pyometra is a true surgical emergency. Antibiotics and IV fluids are first given to “stabilize” the patient.
After anesthesia is performed, the goal of surgery is to remove the ovaries and the uterus, which is grossly distended with pus. A culture (a sterile swab) is often done during the surgery. It typically reveals an E. coli or a Staph infection.
Few diseases are completely preventable. Pyometra is. The best way to avoid this life-threatening condition is to spay dogs and cats. Your vet can recommend the ideal time. It should ideally be done before the first heat to prevent another deadly condition: breast cancer. More and more vets recommend spaying (and neutering) dogs and cats well before puberty.