The benefits of having your pet desexed - Meet Jewelz

Jewelz is a 6 month old domestic short haired cat. She came into the clinic because her owner noticed that she had a discharge from under her tail and back end. She had also been off her food and a bit flat for a couple of days.

The vet examined Jewelz who had a large amount of discharge coming from her vulva. She also had a fever and was dehydrated. The vet found that she had "pyometra" which means that her uterus was infected and full of pus.

Jewelz was admitted to hospital and placed on intravenous fluids and antibiotics to stabilize her prior to having surgery to remove her uterus.

The next morning, she was given a sedative to help her relax and lessen the dose of anaesthetic needed for her operation. She then had surgery and her uterus was removed, along with her ovaries (similar to a regular desexing). Her abdomen was flushed out with warm, sterile saline to prevent any infection spreading. During surgery, Jewelz was also given pain relief to make her comfortable when she woke up.

Jewelz stayed in hospital over night and the next morning she was looking much happier and more comfortable so she was then sent home with her family. After 2 weeks she returned to have her stitches taken out and has recovered excellently.

What can you do to prevent this happening to your pet?

The only way to prevent this happening to your pet is to have your female pet speyed (desexed). During this procedure the uterus is removed and future bleeding and infection is prevented.