This is Mossy, a 10-year-old Lab/German Shepherd mixed breed dog. Mossy and her mom have been together for a long time and are very close. Mossy's mom has recently returned to school full time, so her hours at work have been cut to part time. That's when Mossy started vomiting, having excessive thirst and urination, and was very lethargic. Her mom noticed she had some bumps over her body and was afraid that those bumps could be a larger issue to why Mossy wasn’t feeling well. She decided it was time to take her beloved girl to the vet.
At the vet, Mossy’s mom learned that the lumps and bumps were nothing serious at the time, just some normal growths as dogs age. Unfortunately, Mossy was unaltered (not spayed) and was showing signs of pyometra, a uterine infection that can be common in older, unspayed female dogs and cats. Pyometra is a very serious condition; if your cat or dog doesn’t get treatment, it can result in a secondary infection and possibly death. It was then that Mossy’s mom learned that her fur kid needed emergency surgery right away.
Some early warning signs of pyometra include vomiting, refusing to eat, inactive (lethargic), increased thirst and frequent urination. Your pet may also appear to be uncomfortable because pyometra is a particularly painful condition. Some later warning signs include a foul-smelling, white- or green-colored discharge coming from her vagina, which is the infected pus draining out. She could also have a bloated or swollen abdomen without a discharge. Please note, if you see any of these signs, your pet’s life is in danger–get medical attention right away.
Mossy's mom applied to Fur Kids Foundation for assistance, and we were happy to help. Mossy was able to have surgery and was spayed at the same time. We are happy to report that Mossy will now live out her senior years happy and healthy.
For those who don’t know, spaying and neutering of your pets have multiple advantages–not just because it helps to keep the population down and relieve the crowding in animal shelters. Spaying your pet prevents pyometra from developing. Fur Kids Foundation strongly encourages all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets at the appropriate time. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to speak with your veterinarian.
About Fur Kids Foundation
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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