This sweetheart is Scarlet, a 7-year-old pit bull mix. Scarlet's parents ran into a rough patch a while back; her mom was unable to work due to health issues, and her dad was the only income. Because of this, they chose not to spay Scarlet, and thought she would be OK since she was an indoor pet that stays in their yard.
Recently, Scarlet's mom saw what she thought was a cyst that had ruptured on Scarlet's rear end, but Scarlet was acting like she didn't felt well. Scarlet’s parents knew that she wasn’t herself, so they contacted a vet. Unfortunately, Scarlet didn't have a ruptured cyst; she had a very bad case of pyometra.
For those who don’t know, pyometra is a medical emergency that if left untreated is fatal. Pyometra will affect roughly one in four non-spayed (female) dogs before the age of 10 years old; however, it can occur in dogs older than this. Signs of pyometra include:
Her mom applied to Fur Kids Foundation for assistance so she could bring Scarlet into the vet, and we're happy she did. Her vet was able to spay Scarlet and get her on some antibiotics. She is expected to make a full recovery!
There are many good reasons to spay a female dog, and preventing pyometra is one of them. Spaying dogs before 2 years old is the best option to eliminate the risk pyometra. Spaying your female dog also greatly decreases the risk of mammary (breast) cancer.
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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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