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- By danielle-k9 Date 21.04.17 09:20 GMT
Hi I have a 3 year old maiden girl. Her last season she developed pyometra which was treated and cleared up successfully. I have to add she was not ill..No temperature, i spotted the discharge and took her to the vet and scan confirmed it. I am planning on breeding her this season. Other people Iv spoken to have told me to put her on antibiotics after mating although my vet doesn't think this is necessary. Im not sure i want her on antibiotics and of course if this happens again she will be spayed. IV had no other pyometras from this line...I have her mother, grandmother and great grandmother along with aunty. Would appreciate any advice or experiences from breeding from a bitch who has had pyometra in the past.
- By MamaBas Date 21.04.17 12:36 GMT
This isn't something I've experienced - pyometra.   In how-many bitches.  Was a time when the owners of stud dogs required bitches to be on antibiotics when being mated - I asked my then vet to let me have some and she (quite rightly I suggest) said why, she's not sick!!   If you can't trust the advice of your vet, then take a second opinion, or switch vets.   But bottom line, I'd have to be listening to my vet, above anybody.  You are lucky her pyo was able to be cleared without her having to be spayed - although it's possible these days pyo is a nasty infection and if she were    mine, I might delay trying to mate her on her next season, even if she is now 3.   Just my opinion.
- By Goldmali Date 21.04.17 16:55 GMT Upvotes 3
I had two bitches develop pyometra at a similar age which is why I now try to breed before the age of 3. I opted to have both spayed as I did not want to risk anything. My vet however said that if we treated rather than spayed, then it was important to mate at the next season, as the pyometra was very likely to recur.
- By Brainless [gb] Date 21.04.17 20:40 GMT Upvotes 1
The advice after prostaglandin therapy to treat Pyo is to mate on next season, and then spay as it is likely to reoccur.
- By MamaBas Date 22.04.17 06:50 GMT

> if we treated rather than spayed, then it was important to mate at the next season, as the pyometra was very likely to recur.


Can you just let me know why it's important to mate at the next season - is it solely because it's likely to recur?  And why would it be likely to recur?
Again happily I've never experienced a pyo in my bitches.
- By danielle-k9 Date 22.04.17 06:51 GMT
My vet did advise breeding on next season. I am unsure about the antibiotics. He said no need to give them but breeders iv spoken to who have had the same experience say she needs them. I will call a repro vet today to see what they advise. Thanks.
- By danielle-k9 Date 25.04.17 13:19 GMT Upvotes 1
Just thought i would update as it could help anyone in a similar situation. I spoke with a repro specialist who has advised to mate this season. I need to keep an eye on her discharge during season and if all is ok no need for antibiotics. Any strange smelly discharge then to do a culture and to treat accordingly. They did say a bitches vaginal discharge is not sterile....Even in a normal season so antibiotics without a culture could make the infection harder to treat as the bacteria could become resistant. They also said that pregnancy is thought to protect against pyometra development. I will follow their  advise and fingers crossed.
- By onetwothreefour Date 25.04.17 14:18 GMT
I've also heard that pregnancy is protective against pyo, but I didn't know if that only meant for bitches who hadn't had pyo before - and whether it would be as protective if a bitch had already had it.
- By Jodi [gb] Date 25.04.17 14:26 GMT
I was going to have a puppy from a bitch who developed a pyo quite late into her pregnancy. She lost all the pups and nearly her own life. The breeder was devestated as the bitch was the last in her line.
- By mixedpack [gb] Date 25.04.17 14:37 GMT
My GSD bitch had two litters and went on to develop a pyo when she was 8 and 3 years past her last litter, luckily it was spotted early and she was speyed quickly
- By danielle-k9 Date 25.04.17 14:47 GMT
I too have lost a litter at 7 weeks into pregnancy as the bitch developed 'pyometra' ....I did not spay her. I let her have a season which was normal without mating. I planned mating the next season but the chosen stud was not available....This season normal also but i spayed her as she would of been 5 for her first litter. I saw a repro vet at that time who said the most likely cause was bacteria entering her uterus while in season. She said when the cervix is open they are at risk of this and it is like pyometra.....Uterus fills with bacterial fluid. I only repeated what the specialist told me.
- By Jeangenie [gb] Date 25.04.17 18:07 GMT Upvotes 1

>I've also heard that pregnancy is protective against pyo


Having a litter doesn't make a bitch immune to pyo in the future; it can happen just as easily after a season as to a maiden bitch.
- By onetwothreefour Date 03.05.17 06:16 GMT
Study showing the protective effect of pregnancy in some breeds: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21196041/

Another paper explaining in more detail: http://www.vin.com/apputil/content/defaultadv1.aspx?pId=11147&id=3846297&print=1

Of course this doesn't mean that no bitch that has been pregnant will get pyo- only that it is less likely.
- By danielle-k9 Date 08.07.17 16:23 GMT Upvotes 1
Hi just thought I would update. My girl came in season a few days after I posted originally. I decided to mate her. I did not give any antibiotics and just kept an eye on discharge etc. Anyway good news is she is due pups from next Sunday. Scan showed 5 pups.... I don't rely on scanning but she has had a few to keep an eye on everything. Fingers crossed for a safe delivery. I'm very happy!
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