Pyometra (an infection in the uterine cavity) is primarily associated with non-spayed female dogs over 5 years of age and is one of the most common diseases in intact females. It is a potentially life-threatening disease associated with a variety of clinical and laboratory findings. Dogs can display different symptoms of pyometra; but if your dog is intact, some things you will want to watch for include decreased appetite and increased thirst. Other symptoms include abdominal swelling, difficultly getting up, rear leg weakness and lethargy. These symptoms usually occur within 1 – 3 months of the last heat cycle. The likeliness of developing pyometra increases with age (i.e. females 10 years and over have an 80% of contraction). Complications of pyometra include peritonitis, ruptured uterus and possibly death. This is why our veterinarians recommend spays on all non-breeding female dogs four months or older and over four pounds. CRW offers outpatient day surgery on all spays. After your dog is sedated, both ovaries and the uterus will be removed. After surgery you can expect your dog to be more quiet than usual. Please give your dog time to rest and avoid any unnecessary commotion. Our team members will provide you with specific instructions on expectations, recovery and follow up. Please call the office at 303.469.7387 to schedule an appointment or to discuss spay options.