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:
*Thick brownish/pink pus leaking from vagina
*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.