Hormonal hazards from not neutering your pet, go beyond accidental pregnancy. These past few months at Barnside, we've seen a lot of cases of common, but often preventable, reproductive health problems.
WHAT HAPPENS: Middle age to older female pets are at higher risk for metritis because every time a dog or cat has a heat cycle (similar to a woman's menstrual cycle) the lining of the uterus becomes a little thicker. The uterus lining is a good place for bacteria to grow. Bacteria can creep up from the vagina, into the uterus and start an infection. The uterus quickly becomes a water-balloon of pus! Warning: some pets develop pyometra on their FIRST heat cycles! Also, pets don't go through menopause and can develop pyometra even at 13 or 14 years old!
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