Pyometra is an infection of the uterus in dogs that can be life threatening. Traditionally, an emergency spay is done to remove the infected uterus. If begun quickly and used faithfully, natural remedies can be used to effectively treat pyometra and surgery may be avoided.
There are two types of pyometra – open or closed. An open pyometra is less dangerous than a closed pyometra. With a closed pyometra, the cervix is closed and the infection is not able to drain out of the uterus. Eventually the uterus can rupture, spilling infection all through the abdominal cavity and causing death. With an open pyometra, the cervix is open. A dog with an open pyometra will usually have a vaginal discharge that smells foul and can contain blood and/or pus. Pyometra typically occurs 2-8 weeks following a heat cycle. It can occur in younger dogs but is more common in older dogs.
Symptoms of Pyometra
- Distended abdomen
- Foul, bloody or pus filled vaginal discharge
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst
With a closed pyometra a dog can become very sick quickly. She may be vomiting and have diarrhea.
Manuka Honey, Turmeric and Vitamin C Protocol for Pyometra
A combination of Manuka honey, turmeric and vitamin C has been found to be an effective natural remedy for dogs with pyometra. The suggested dosages below are to be give three times a day. (Do not divide the dose by three, use the listed amount each time you dose your dog.) On the first day of treatment, you may even wish to give each dose 4 or 5 times and then use the protocol three times a day. Once the infection is resolved, continuing one dose of the protocol daily for a month can help prevent a re-occurrence.
How Much Manuka Honey Should I Give My Dog for Pyometra?
Manuka honey can be found at health food stores and larger natural grocery stores. If you cannot get manuka honey, substitute raw honey until you can order some online.
- Over 80 pounds 3 teaspoons
- 21-80 pounds 1 1/2 teaspoon
- 5-20 pounds 3/4 teaspoon
How Much Turmeric Should I Give My Dog for Pyometra?
Turmeric can be found at health food stores or your grocery store. If you have turmeric capsules you can empty the capsules out to find out how much each capsule contains.
- Over 80 pounds 1 teaspoon
- 41-80 pounds 1/2 teaspoon
- 21-40 pounds 1/4 teaspoon
- 5 -20 pounds 1/16 -1/8 teaspoon
How Much Vitamin C Should I Give My Dog for Pyometra?
The sodium ascorbate vitamin C is the easiest on the stomach of your dog.
- 5-20 pounds 500-1,000 mg
- 20-80 pounds 1,000-2,000 mg
- Over 80 pounds 2,000-4,000 mg
If you only have one or two of the three items for the protocol available, use what you have and secure the remaining items as soon as possible.
The hardest part of the protocol may be getting your dog to take the remedies.
Be gentle and creative. Figure out what treats tempt your dog the most. Cooked chicken or liver may work well to mix the ingredients with.
If your dog refuses foods take the ingredients for each dose and mix them together with some water to make the ingredients thin enough to put into a syringe. Slowly and gently give the solution to your dog a little at a time. It is okay if it takes 10 -15 minutes to get the solution in to your dog.
Keep your dog comfortable, clean and warm while she is recovering.
If your dog has had pyometra, unless she is spayed, she will continue to be at risk for this condition. If she has had pyometra and recovered and you do not spay her, you will want to keep watch for early signs of pyometra in the future. A prophylactic daily dose of vitamin C may be appropriate for a dog with a history of pyometra who remains intact.
If you choose to treat pyometra at home because you wish to keep your dog intact or because the cost of surgery is prohibitive, do understand the risks of home treatment (the longer pyometra goes on, the increased likelihood of fatality.) If your dog is not showing signs of improvement or seems to be getting worse, veterinary attention would be prudent if at all possible.
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