CBD Oil for Dogs Pyometra
The worst nightmare as a pet owner is when your dog gets sick. But when your dog does get sick, it is important to find out about possible health conditions.
What is pyometra in dogs?
Pyometra in dogs is a secondary infection that results from hormonal changes in your female dog’ reproductive tract. Pyometra (pyo means “pus” and meta means “uterus”) is actually a term use by doctors to refer to an infected uterus that is full of pus. When your pet’s uterus has an infection, bacteria and toxins will be free to move from their uterus into their blood stream. The end result is a very sick dog.
The uterus will start to “die” and the pus will leak into your dog’s stomach, and the outcome may be fatal.
The ovaries, uterus, and cervix comprise the reproductive tract of your female pet dog. When your dog gets sick, their body will respond by producing WBC or white blood cells to fight off infection. With pyometra, only he uterus and cervix that are affected.
Different Types of Pyometra
In open pyometra, the female dog’s cervix remains open when infected. She will only need to lick and clean out any vaginal discharge.
On the other hand, the cervix is closed in closed pyometra, with which, fluid and pus remains inside the cervix. The uterus just continues to get filled, which can lead to higher toxicity caused by the bacteria. The uterus may rupture on continued fluid build-up. This may lead to septic infection and death.
How to Prevent Pyometra in Dogs
Veterinarians say that the safest way to prevent pyometra in dogs is to simply remove the organ that is causing the infection.
If ever your pet dog has just recovered from pyometra, your vet would have most likely told you to spray your dog. Their uterus and ovaries will be removed to prevent pyometra and unwanted pregnancies.
Spraying also helps reduce your pet dog’s chances of developing mammary gland tumors. Veterinarians recommend that dogs are sprayed before her first heat to prevent pyometra and mammary tumors. Adult dogs will also benefit from spraying as they are at 25% more at risk of contracting pyometra.
Symptoms of Pyometra
General signs and symptoms include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Polyuria (large production/passage of urine)
- Polydipsia (the feeling of still being thirsty even after drinking water repeatedly)
For dogs with open pyometra have these symptoms:
- Vaginal discharge with unpleasant smell (usually colored green, yellow, or white, some cases have clear discharge)
- Presence of blood in discharge
- Excessive licking after their heat cycle
- The dog’s behavior seem “off” (for instance, your dog is naturally cuddly, but becomes distant if they are infected with pyometra.
Those with closed pyometra, symptoms include:
- Excessive panting
- Distention of the abdomen
- Fever that may range from 104 °F to 110°F
If you notice your dog may develop any of the above symptoms, immediately go to the veterinarian. Your vet would need results for the following before surgery:
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Blood work
Pyometra in Dogs Survival Rate
There are certain breeds of dog that are considered prone to developing pyometra, including:
- German Shepherd
- St. Bernard
- Golden Retriever
- Chow Chow
In general, those dogs that were diagnosed with open pyometra have a higher survival rate, especially if the condition is diagnosed early. Studies show that the mortality rate is between 3% to 4%.
The prognosis can be bad or good. It will depend on the infected dog and the type of pyometra they acquired. For open pyometra, if your dog is responding positively to the treatment and IV fluids are promptly given, they have higher chance of remaining fertile (70% to 90%). Take note that if the dog does not respond to the treatment, they will still be at greater risk.
It is a different story for dogs with closed pyometra. There is a risk for the dog to lose their fertility or it can result to a decreased survival rate.
Dogs Pyometra Natural Home Remedies
Pyometra can be treated by surgery, but there are natural remedies that you can try for your dog.
- Vitamin C, Turmeric, and Manuka Honey
All these 3 natural ingredients are combined to make an effective natural home remedy to treat pyometra in dogs. Please see dosage recommendations below, which should be given 3 times a day. Take note that you should not divide the given dose by three, you have to use the indicated amount per dose.
On the 1st day, your veterinarian may recommend to give each dose 4 times, then reduced to 3 times in the succeeding days. When your dog is cured, it is still recommended to continue with the treatment one dose a day for one month. This will help prevent relapse.
You can buy manuka honey in health food stores and natural grocery stores. You can substitute manuka honey with raw honey if you can’t find manuka honey.
- Dogs weighing more than 80 pounds – give 3 teaspoons
- Dogs weighing 21-80 pounds – give 1 ½ teaspoon
- Dogs weighing 5-20 pounds – give ¾ teaspoon
You can buy turmeric from your local grocery store and health food stores. For turmeric capsules, empty the capsules out so you’ll know how much each of them contains.
- Dogs weighing more than 80 pounds – give 1 teaspoon
- Dogs weighing 41-80 pounds – give ½ teaspoon
- Dogs weighing 21-40 pounds – give ¼ teaspoon
- Dogs weighing 5-20 pounds – give 1/16-1/8 teaspoon
You can get vitamin C from food stores.
- Dogs weighing 5-20 pounds – give 500-1000 mg
- Dogs weighing 20-80 pounds – give 1000-2000 mg
- Dogs weighing more than 80 pounds – 2000-4000 mg
Other recommended treatment:
- CBD or Cannabinoid
Cannabinoid comes from the hemp plant and has been proven safe to use for pets to treat certain symptoms associated with their medical conditions. CBD is non-toxic and non-psychoactive, administering it to your dog won’t make them “high”. It is also not likely to cause paranoia or anxiety. It is safe to use on pets in general.
It has anti-inflammatory properties. CBD can also be used to relieve pain in dogs.
How much CBD should I give my dogs with pyometra?
Vets recommend to give dogs about 2 to 8 milligrams per kilogram of your dog’s body weight.