Pyometra – How to treat it NATURALLY!

I’m the proud owner of a 6 year old Staffie. When I got her, I made a conscious decision not to have her spayed as I didn’t really see the need for it.

A few months ago she began losing weight, refused to eat her food, was lethargic and drank excessive amounts of water. We noticed one morning that she had leaked a thick mucus-y liquid during the night and immediately took her to the vet. After doing bloods and an x-ray the vet confirmed that she had a condition called Pyometra – I’d never heard of it before. He told me that I had 2 options: have her put down or for her to have a hysterectomy. He said that I had to make my decision within 24 hours as she was deteriorating quickly due to her cervix being closed – meaning the pus from the infection was not able to drain out of the uterus. I was distraught, and took her home to mull it over.

What is Pyometra?

Essentially, Pyometra is an infection of the Uterus. It is a very serious infection and must be treated efficiently otherwise it could be life threatening. It can be caused by changes in the hormonal balance in the dog or from something entering the reproductive tract and causing an infection. Symptoms include:

*Weight Loss

*Thick brownish/pink pus leaking from vagina

*Increased Thirst

*Loss of Appetite

*Lethargy & Clingyness

I don’t know why the thought didn’t occur to me before to look for natural remedies but anyway it eventually did 3 hours before I was due to take her back to the vet. After doing some quick research on the internet I decided I would give the natural remedies a go before making a final decision (some wouldn’t have but I did). I called the vet and explained what I was going to do and re-scheduled an appointment for three days later. I dropped everything and ran out to my local health food store and bought the following:

Turmeric (tincture) – anti inflammatory

Vitamin C (powder) – supports healthy immune system

I dropped the Turmeric in with her food, put the Vitamin C Powder in her water bowl. As she was only drinking water at the time the Vitamin C went to work on her first; within 2 hours she had made her first move toward her food bowl and began eating…Yaay! She continued to eat more and more throughout the day and her energy levels were increasing too. By the next morning she was like a different dog altogether and the leaking from her vagina (sorry to be so vivid) was decreasing. Neither me nor my family could believe the improvements she had made overnight – this continued over the next two days. To cut a long story short my pooch is alive and well to this day and there has been no sign of a re-occurrence of the infection. I now give her Vitamin C once a week to keep her immune system in top shape, I stopped giving her the Turmeric once the tincture ran out (approximately 12 days later).

Moral of the story – natural remedies are not only beneficial for us!

Felt it necessary to share her story as it might just save/help someone else’s pooch. Hell, if it wasn’t for others sharing their stories online my Missy may not be here with me today.



11 thoughts on “Pyometra – How to treat it NATURALLY!”

  1. Turmeric also lowers progesterone levels. Watch any supplements with selenium since selenium increases progesterone. I’m wondering if turmeric on a daily or regular basis would help prevent occurences. Great article! I’m so happy for the successful outcome.

  2. Hi,
    I am in the same situation with our golden. Can you please tell me how much and how many times daily you did this?

    Did you dog have excessive drainage?

    1. Hi,
      I gave her a 1tbsp of Vitamin C and 1 dropler of Turmeric tincture 3x daily for the 1st week. Reduced to 2x daily for the next 3 weeks and now give her Vitamin C only 1x daily. Hope this is able to help your pooch too

      1. hi,

        my dog is old and she is suffering from an open pyometra, could you please advise dosage of the turmeric and Vit C,
        plus what do i do if i can not find vit c in liquid form. is it absolutely necessary to use turmeric in a tincture form or can i just mix it with her food. Her drainage does not contain puss anymore neither does it have a foul smell but it hasn’t stopped . I hope this helps

        1. I used Vitamin C in powder form for my dog and used one heaped teaspoon. Im pretty sure turmeric in any form will work just as well. It is a great herb that i use in powder capsule form for myself and it works wonders

  3. I am going to try this with my dog and I understand that beef liver detoxifies the system and can be given in small amounts to maintain their health as well.
    My question is how much does your dog weigh so I can adjust this to my dog.

  4. How long should the treatment be done for. My dog was diagnosed with pyrometra 2 weeks ago. I began using the turmeric, vit c and manuka honey. She got better but is still not very hungry, she wants good food and not normal dog food, plus she is very clingy and acts restless. How long will it take for her to become normal again. Also how long should I give her the formula? I’m done to 2 doses a day now. Thank you for your help in advance!

  5. Hi does your dog has an open or closed pyometra? I tried giving my dog with closed pyometra and that day leaking ocurred. I dont know if its good or bad.

  6. Hi,
    Great article! Thank you!
    I give my 5 years old golden retriever, home cooked food – chicken boiled with pinch of turmeric and cooked rice. Do you suggest to add uncooked turmeric powder directly to her food? Will that be good for her health?
    Thank you!

    1. Hey there,
      A small amount of turmeric in any form on a daily/regular basis is great for the dogs whole body. It will help to keep any inflammation at bay and support a healthy immune system.

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