I've been a bit under the weather so been hitting the Netflix/Hulu binges hard. And in case you didn't pick up on it, the title of this blog is a reference to the Handmaid's Tale. This week's case is about a condition that really only occurs in female un-spayed dogs and is therefore, quite pertinent to the subject matter of that show. When dogs are not spayed, cases like this happen pretty regularly, so they're worth talking about.
Last week, a 9 year old, un-spayed female pit-bull came into the office. Her mom said she hadn't been eating over the past week and that she had lost 9 lbs. Now, think about how amazing you feel when you lose 9 lbs. (and you weigh quite a bit more than most dogs.) So, 9 lbs. is a lot in a pooch! The doc asked the pooch's mom about any other symptoms and learned that she'd been drinking and peeing excessively. He followed this up with a checkup where he discovered that the pooch was experiencing a bloody, pus-like vaginal discharge. On top of this, his physical exam revealed a a tubular structure in the dog's belly.
To learn more, Dr. S. conducted an ultrasound and discovered that the tubular structure was the dog's uterus, which was infected, and therefore causing the pooch to have all these strange symptoms and discomfort. The pooch's parents obviously wanted to fix their sweet pup, so Dr. S. went in and removed the offending uterus and ovaries.
The next day post surgery, the pooch was on the mend and feeling much much better. If you're wondering why this happened, when dogs are not spayed, the buildup in hormones over the years can make the uterus prone to infection. So, if you needed another reason to spay your pet, here's a good one!
Til' next time,