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Surgical uterine drainage and lavage as treatment for canine pyometra : clinical communication

K.G.M. De Cramer
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 81, No 3 | a143 | DOI: | © 2010 K.G.M. De Cramer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 May 2010 | Published: 18 May 2010

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Pyometra is a common post-oestral syndrome in bitches. Classical treatment consists of either ovariohystorectomy or medical intervention. Surgical uterine drainage and lavage via direct trans-cervical catheterisation using a 5% povidone-iodine in saline solution was performed successfully in 8 bitches with pyometra. All bitches conceived and whelped without complications subsequent to this treatment. It is concluded that this method offers an effective alternative treatment for canine pyometra with shorter recovery times as well as good clinical recovery and pregnancy rates in bitches destined for further breeding.


dog; pyometra; uterine lavage


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