Pyometra

Pyometra (bacterial uterine infection) is a common disease that affects in average 25% of all female dogs. Though pyometra can occur at any age, the main risk period is within 2 months after the dog is in heat. The disease is potentially life-threatening due to the systemic inflammatory reactions that are initiated. Sepsis (blood poisoning) is a common complication. Main symptoms are increased thirst and urination, decreased appetite, depression, lethargy, purulent bloody vulvar discharge, fever and abdominal pain.

Latest Research Update: Collection of blood samples from mainly German Shepherd and Golden Retrievers is ongoing (see also additional breeds)

Breeds: Boxer, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Norwegian Elkhound, Swedish Elkhound, West Highland Terrier

Main collaborators: Ragnvi Hagman (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Main contact: Ragnvi Hagman, ragnvi.hagman@slu.se