Vet Blog

April Case of the Month

April 03, 2019

Chloe, a 12-year-old female golden retriever presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for lethargy and appetite loss.

Chloe was in heat about 4 weeks prior to presentation. On examination, Chloe had a high fever and a very painful belly when touched.


X-rays of the abdomen were performed. The uterus was noted to be very enlarged and fluid-filled. This is abnormal.


Chloe was diagnosed with pyometra. This is a severe infection of the uterus.


Chloe was immediately prepared for emergency surgery. An ovariohysterectomy was performed. Chloe was hospitalized for several days on antibiotics and intravenous fluids. She recovered well and was discharged home 2 days later.


Spaying your female dogs and cats is the way to prevent a pyometra. We recommend doing this at 5-6 months of age. Sadly, pyometra has a very high risk of death.

We are offering 20% off of spays in the month of April!

Free Heartworm Test with any Proheart injection.