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Jenna Stregowski is a registered veterinary technician with a lifelong love for animals and a concern for their well-being. She currently works for Georgia Veterinary Specialists, a referral and emergency hospital in Atlanta, and is also the Dogs Guide for About.com, a site designed to educate current and potential dog owners about responsible ownership, dog health, dog training, and more.
Nicole Wilde is a Los Angeles–based Certified Pet Dog Trainer specializing in behavior issues, and is the owner of Gentle Guidance Dog Training and the author of several books, including Help for Your Fearful Dog.
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.
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