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Old 09-06-2018, 10:33 PM
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To treat ill 16 yo dog?

My sweet old lady toy poodle is not doing well and I have some hard decisions to make and would like your input. Please!

Just last night my dog became weak, throwing up, and had discharge from her rear. Fast forward to the vet visit this morning where he diagnosed her with open pyometra (seriously infected uterus).

Unfortunately, then came the talk of putting her down or treatment. She is healthy considering her age until yesterday. So I did opt for treatment; steroids and antibiotics. My understanding is the hope is she would improve enough with that treatment to then be spayed to cure her. Obviously the concern is her age, and now status of health, can she even survive the surgery??? Should I be that aggressive and possibly putting more pain? And btw, she has not made much progress with the treatment so far, but on the bright side not any worse! Help!!!!!!



On another note, I thought my dog had been spayed this entire time. I got her from a humane society 10 years ago! And yes, I am familiar with female dogs going ito heat and she never had any of the signs. WTH?
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:53 PM
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And I would love to say Money is. It a factor. It unfortunately it is. I do have a 12 yo and 1 yo children to provide for as well. Adulting is so hard!
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Oh my, that's a tough decision! I'm so sorry that your girl is going through that. The best advice I can give is go through the course of treatment and see how she does, if she improves then you need to get the full blood panel to make sure she's healthy enough to survive the surgery and then the surgery. If you notice that during the treatment she's not getting better it may be time to say goodbye.

I'd start asking different organizations if they know of any place that will help with emergency treatment of your girl. Where I live the humane society does have a program to help with that. You could also talk to poodle rescues and see if one could help you. Be sure to let them know you rescued her from the shelter and you were under the impression that she was spayed.

Female dogs can go through something called silent heats, that's when they do have a heat but there are very few signs of it. They'll minimal bleeding, no change in personality and nor trying to attract males. There are also some females that just don't come into heat.
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Wow, what a shock!

Rain has given you excellent advice.
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Do the treatment then see how she reacts (it will take a couple days to see how it helps though).


Spaying is not insanely expensive, but I'd be worried about the recovery - it was hard on my 7 month old, I can't imagine on a 16yo... and I'm really not sure I would make one go through that.
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Best advice I can offer, is, as long as you trust your Vet to have her best interest, follow his or her advice. Vets I know are pretty slow to recommend euthanasia, but if he or she does, you will need all the medical information and prognoses expectations he or she can provide.
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