Pyometra in Dogs: Treatment and Home Remedies

| Modified: Dec 25, 2018
Pyometra Remedies for Dogs

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

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Distended abdomen
  • Foul, bloody or pus filled vaginal discharge
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive thirst
  • Depression

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.

Pyometra Cautions

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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Posted by Jim (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/16/2017
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My dog had Open Pyometra recently. I tried the Manuka Honey, Vitamin C, Turmeric, but they did not work. After doing much research I gave her the Now brand Echinacea and Goldenseal root 225/225mg blend for 2 weeks. She started to clear up within a few days and within 2 weeks was completely cured.

My dog weighs 65 pounds, and that dosage worked for her. The Echinacea boosts the immune system and the Goldenseal is an antibiotic. I gave her 1 capsule in the morning and 1 capsule in the evening. I mixed it in with a little canned food, which she loves.

Replied by Cindy

How is your dog doing as of now?

Replied by Jim
Los Angeles, Ca

She is cured. She has not had a recurrence. I am considering having her spayed before her next heat in order to avoid a possible future occurrence.

EC: Wonderful news! Thanks for reporting back!

Replied by Fatmah

Saw your comments. one capsule each of the Echinacea and Goldenseal root 225/225mg? My dog is about 20lbs.


Replied by A'nassyah

Could you explain the healing process to me? I've been trying to find it so I would know what to expect but most people just simply go for an emergency spay instead of treatment.

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Posted by Dennis (Beach Park, Il) on 05/12/2017
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Like others here on this site, I do know manuka honey works as my dog was going thru coughing, gagging, sneezing and runny nose I was told by a vet she had heart worm or heart disease, so I started giving her kefir, manuka honey and hawthorne berry and everything has disappeared, but like everyone else here I firmly believe now she is going thru pyometra with her leaking, so hers might not be as bad since she was already on the manuka honey and kefir before it all started, so now I am going to use this remedy with kefir, manuka, turmeric and vitamin c. By the way, my dog is Chihuahua and is 13 years old, I have gone to 2 vets and I solved one problem that they could not solve, after spending numerous dollars on an allergy test and meds,

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Hi Dennis, my dane who is 6 1/2 has just been diagnosed with Pyometra and the vets have given me an estimated op cost which is huge and something I cannot financially at the moment afford. I am a believer in an holistic approach and was glad to hear your story with the Manuka honey unfortunately I am not able to obtain the honey. is there an alternative that you can suggest? and how much was the portions you gave to your dog just to give me an idea as my girl was 200lb but lost some weight so I would say about 160-180 now. Appreciate any help.

Posted by Manuka Dad (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/21/2017
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Manuka Honey Vitamin C Closed Pyometra became Open

okay.... 10 days ago, my dog weighed 87lbs. She's down to 77, but still alive. Was given $3k quote for emergency surgery for closed pyometra. While the vet left the room for me to decide, I jumped on her computer and started googling.

Declined the surgery and took my dog home. 4 days in, she could barely walk. Was trying antibiotics and manuka honey, but she would not eat anything, so I had to force open her mouth and force it. Thought she was going to die...Now we are ten days in and she is walking again, and has started draining pus. More and more pus is coming out. She is still not eating, but drinking a lot and peeing a lot.

I started with the =10 manuka from Trader Joes and today I went for the +24 Manuka Doctor from Whole Foods. I take a big finger glob and put in a piece of sliced turkey or ham and wrap it up and force her mouth open like I saw on a veterinary website and get the food in her throat and close her mouth and rub her neck.

She doesn't like that, but she's getting better. She is still not eating, but we went for a walk last night, about a mile. That's huge. We are not out of the woods by any means.

Replied by Brett

Did your dog survive? If so, how long did it take to heal her/him?

Replied by Erin
Columbus, Oh

I was so relieved to read your story because it's very similar to ours. Just wondering how your pupper is doing and if the treatment worked for her.

Replied by Amber
Las Vegas

I was wondering if your dog was ever cured?? I am going through the same thing :(

Posted by Manuka Mom (Los Angeles) on 08/19/2016
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My golden retriever had Pyometra and was honestly too weak for surgery. Her body was lifeless. She was on death's door. I gave her manuka honey (16+) 1 tsp. 3X day. It cleared the Pyometra, which was truly a miracle at that point. She was so sick and I was fearful I would never get her to eat, but it was just a matter of listening to her. I made her a smorgasbord of food options but noticed she was begging for my husband's COOKED chicken. Interesting to note, she couldn't tolerate her normal raw foods diet at that point, so I cooked chicken for her, and she ate it. She bounced back and that was well over two years ago, by the way. In the end, I'm not suggesting this will work for anyone else, but she was so sick that I we nothing to lose except for the sweetest little girl in the world. Please check with your vet. Ours was supportive (thank goodness)!!!

By the way, there are TONS of amazing studies on Manuka honey (most conducted outside of the US). Read the research. It's pretty compelling. Also Manuka honey is GREAT for topical infections too! Honestly, I am shocked that no one else appears to have posted about Manuka honey; it's the BOMB. I won't forget the fear of losing her, so my heart goes out to anyone dealing with a similar situation. Blessings to you!!!

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At 230 in the afternoon, she became very uneasy and whimpered a lot, she looked at me for help, could not stand I took her to a different vet. We were going to put her down, but he asked are you sure, she is only 6 years old. We said we did not have 1400 dollars, he looked at me and said don`t worry you can pay 100 dollars a month ( the other vet wanted 1800 dollars, half now and half after or put her down for 275...I did not even have that. I am on a fixed budget and my wife is disabled. I think the other vet is all about money.) He immediately did the surgery and we are picking her up today...he said she had about 48 hours to live...any ways I did not get to try the honey...sorry. I tried a lot of vets but everyone of them were wanting all or half now half after..even tried Care Credit, but they turned me down...have to have better than fair credit..found out that they turn down 80 percent of people who the way she was a rescue dog. So happy

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles

Blessings to you, Robert!!! SO glad your dog was able to have a successful surgery and that you were able to work things out financially.

In hindsight, I think I would add a natural vitamin c and raw butter to the honey, especially since there are such good success stories here with it.

Being as natural as I am, I would use:

- 1 tsp Manuka honey 4 - 6 times the first two days and then reduce to three times per day. I would dose every hour if my girl would be willing to take it...especially if her weight was low and she couldn't eat

I would also add:

- NATURAL (food based) Vitamin C (e.g., Camu Camu or Amla/Amalaki)


- RAW (ideally organic) butter

I would personally use the above combination for a dire situation where surgery is not an option, but I'm not a Vet or a Doctor and cannot diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

That said, God DOES cure and HIS food heal!!!

Sending love for God's perfect healing touch on all of your special companions.

Manuka Mom

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn


Late to this post, but just so HAPPY that you found a vet who cared. I have been in your shoes - dog is in pain and she hurts and you just have to go to the vet. In my case we were able to do the emergency spay; I can only imagine your dread showing up at the vet intending to PTS knowing it was only a matter of money. So glad you found a new vet - and a dedicated healer :)

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I'd like to know how many days you continued the Manuka Honey, and can I add Vitamin C as well. I also have Colloidal Silver that I can use if needed. (80lb. Lab)

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles

I did a "therapeutic dosage" 3+ times per day for a week and then a backed off to a more modest dose (1X/day) for a month...JUST TO BE SAFE!!! I did not use Vitamin C, but if I did it again, I would add 1/2 tsp. Amla or Camu Camu powered 2X/day. Best wishes to you!

Replied by Pat

Can this manuka honey can this be found at a grocery store? Also, you said natural vitamin C. Should I go to a vitamin store for these items? I am willing to try my dog got sick over two weeks ago she isn't eating a lot, then she started with the discharge, I took her to the vet and was told she had pyometra. I also can't afford the surgery, my dog is 10years old. He gave her a two weeks supply of meds but I am seeing no improvement, she still has this discharge and very little food.

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles

You can find Manuka Honey 15+ (ideal potency for us was this strength at least for the first couple of days) at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts and maybe even Trader Joes. We used Wedderspoon brand, and I can't speak to others. You can also buy online at Amazon and Vitacost.

Vitamin C appears to have been effective in many preparations, according to other posters. I simply prefer to get it from food sources (e.g., Amla or Camu Camu).

Last but not least, another woman use the same basic remedy but added turmeric, and I agree 100% that it could offer additional benefit, in my experience.

Hope all is going well and apologies that I didn't see this post until now.

Blessings to you,

Manuka Mom

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Posted by Brett (Nc) on 05/14/2017

I need your help. I have a golden retriever that has had open pyometra for almost three weeks. Initially I took her to the vet emergency and they wanted 3K. No go. They prescribed antibiotics. I'm against them. I've always taken care of this dog naturally and have never give her anything unnatural. She's always eaten organic and for almost two years a whole foods and raw diet. It would go totally against my game plan to do anything other.

For the entire time now she's eaten, drank, pooped and peed fine with good temp. She's been very weak but has been able to walk for the most part. No vomiting or diarrhea. Very good digestion as usual.

Initially she just had small amounts of puss. Now, for the last four days it's been bloody puss. Very dark red and large amounts. When I saw these posts weeks ago, I started her on quality Manuka 3-4 times a day, two vitamin C 500s a day and initially I had given her an anti-inflammatory from the local vet. She doesn't like the turmeric. Yesterday she wasn't hungry for the first time but she still ate some food. Organic sirloin, potatoes and I've been injecting fresh juice into her mouth with bone broth and egg yolk.

I'm just worried about all this blood loss ya know. It drains, then it stops for a while, it drains, then it stops for a while. Sure, it's not just blood. It's puss but it's very dark red so it's quite a bit of blood.

God help my little girl. Thanks for your attention.


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Dear Brett, I am sorry to hear about your dog. Have you tried giving turmeric/curcumin capsules in a "pill pocket"? I give my dog turmeric twice a day for her joints and hide the capsule in a pill pocket. Works extremely well. She never refuses it. I hope your dog gets better very soon!

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Chakra update: I just found a very affordable vet that can do a pyometra surgery ($300-$400)! I scheduled the surgery for Thursday morning! I'm sure she'll be fine until then because she's walking MUCH better and draining a lot less and seems to be recovering. Another vet wanted $1300! (Three weeks ago the first local vet wouldn't do it at all. They said I had to go to the emergency for a pyometra because she needed to stay there overnight. $3000! ) I just called the vet to complain and all they fed me nothing but BS. These other vets have you take them in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. Lesson learned! Shop around for medical treatments. For vets, AVOID buildings that look expensive in high dollar areas in town! The vet I'm going to is in a country area away from town. Yaa hoo!

Posted by Coco's Mom (Philadelphia, Pa) on 03/03/2017
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So glad I found this page! Our dog came down with closed pyometra last week during her heat. She went down quick. Not our normal Coco. We have never heard her cry or yelp but when she tried getting up 3 different times last week she cried. I stopped at a natural food store after reading this article and purchased some Manuka Doctor +24 and we ordered Vitamin C for dogs. The first 3 days we didn't have anything. The vet hospital was going to charge $3800. We didn't have it and thought we may have to put her down. Coco is 10 years old and a boxer/mastiff mix. It hurt us to see her look at us like, "help me daddy & mommy." We started giving her the mix and she is slowly coming back. Much improvement has been made. She will see the vet next week and hopefully he'll give her antibiotics to help clear this up. As soon as this happens, she will be spayed. If anyone lives near Richmond, VA there is a place that does the surgery for $455.00. They don't believe in charging families all of that money and don't want us to have to choose between bills and an animal. Thank you all for your encouraging stories. Praying for all dogs that are going through this!

Replied by Tonya
Richmond Va

What is the vet clinics name for the pyometra surgery?

Baltimore Md

Tonya, the name of the vet clinic in Richmond VA is Helping Hands Vet. I'm looking into it to since my dog has open Pyometra.

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Posted by Phiesty (Bronx, Ny) on 08/26/2013

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I think my dog has Pyometra. My female dog has had a few irregular Cycles. For example instead of every 6 months she has had it about every 4 months at least 2-3 times. Her cycle began July1, 2013 while it ususally last about 3 to 4 wks she still has what I believed was her cycle and it is August 26, 2013. Two days ago she started with diarrhea in which I gave her pumpkin for but then I also realized that she is soaking her pad as well. At first I thought she was urinating on herself because there was so much liquid but I noticed faint blood with yellow. I believe it is also pus. She doesn't want to eat or drink and is not active. No fever and she is very uncomfortable. I did an internet search and came up with pyometra. She is not having loose stools Just 1 dropping in the mornings and it's softer than usual but noticed her belly hurts when picked up. I will take her to the vet but I want to know if you have any available information that can help my dog with natural remedies. I am scare to lose my dog to this horrible surgery of removal of her uterus. She is a small breed Maltese and Yorkie and weighs about 11 pounds and measures from neck to tail 12" inches and just turned 7 Yrs old. Please Help I don't want my dog to die. I love her so much and don't know what I would do without her.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

This is a life threatening emergency - get your dog to the vet NOW.

It sounds like your dog has an OPEN PYO - this is better than a closed pyo but it still very much is a life threatening medical emergency and at this point in time few remedies will help.

Homeopathic remedies are most appropriate as your dog likely won't want to swallow anything. Off the top of my head, Nux Vomica is relevant, but Rescue Remedy is likely more commonly available. I would dose with rescue but no matter what get her to the vet. The longer you wait, the more ill she will become and the less chance you have of saving her life.

I have dealt with 2 pyos -1 open and 1 closed; the closed pyo my girl was ill and you could tell and spaying saved her life, the open pyo you could not tell until she had funky discharge and she was spayed as it was the more practical and economical solution.

Fingers crossed for you, please post an update.

Replied by Tina
Ohio, US

I have a chihuahua that is way over 10 years old who is closer to 15 years old who has a swollen abdomen and just had menstrual bleeding off and on for 2 weeks and she hasn't had a heat period for years. She is very small and I am terrified that surgery to remove her uterus could be very dangerous due to her tiny size and age. Could she have this condition you speak of?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Tina!

Pyometra is a life threatening situation and you must act swiftly if you want to save your dog's life.

There are two kinds of pyos - open, where pus can drain, and closed, where the pus cannot drain. A closed pyo is the worse of the two [both are bad] because the retained pus and toxins infect the blood and things go down hill very quickly when this happens. An open or draining pyo has a better chance of recovery.

In my experience dogs with open pyos can act like everything is normal, though they may be fussy about food - and then when the pus starts to drain you smell the foul odor and grab the dog and make a mad dash for the vet for an emergency spay. Dogs with closed pyos just feel awful, they run a fever, and they are lethargic. If you suspect a closed pyo grab your dog and run to the emergency vet for an emergency spay.

There are instances where at great expense you can save the uterus, but from my experience the most practical thing to do is spay your dog in the hopes you can save her life.

Now, given your dog's reproductive history she could have a pyo - or she might have some type of cancer inside that is causing the bleeding and the big, swollen belly. In either case, if this were my dog I would on the way to the vet.

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My dog is in surgery at the moment for this. She got sick and our vet was on vacation. I took her to another vet 4 times over 3 weeks and they never caught it. I was using colloidal silver, coconut oil, and giving her some raw garlic mixed in with her food. We had to hand feed her. The day my vet arrived back he saw her and knew right off what she had. She did need antibotics and this is quite serious. My vet actually yelled at me about being negligent until I pulled out vet receipts for the other vet. The is quite serious and absolutely requires surgery. Antibotics can heal the infection until she is able to have surgery. I had to keep my dog on antibotics for 18 days with the vet seeing her 2 more times during that time until she was able to go in for her surgery.

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Posted by Venus_in_mars (Venice, Ca) on 09/23/2016
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My dog had been excessively panting for a day and a half and engaged in nesting behaviors although she is not pregnant. It was 2am in the morning and she was acting restless and panting excessively although it is no longer hot and the summer had just passed. I gave her 1000mg vitamin c in coconut oil and almost immediately it stopped her panting and her temperature went down.

The first sign something was wrong was a couple of weeks ago when my dog wouldn't want to go on long walks. She usually loves her daily walks, but she would walk just a little, then stop, and would want to turn around to go back home. I knew something was wrong then, although she was eating normally. However, she looked a little depressed and I thought it might be the summer heat.

In addition, at the same time, I noticed one of the dogs had a bloody discharge along with the urine- but it cleared up after a day, so I didn't think much about it.

However, when my dog started panting excessively, I knew something was wrong! I feared the worst and thought it could be pyometra. However, it was 2am in the morning so I gave her the 1000mg vitamin c powder in coconut oil. This completely resolved her panting and fever almost immediately.

I rang my vet in the morning and he thinks she is fine now that her condition has stabilized. He thinks dogs may pant excessively when they are in heat. I noted that her last heat was 6 months ago. However, intuitively, I knew it was something more than that because she was also acting very clingy and will want to be around me all the time, and she only does that when she is sick.

Anyhow, the one dose treatment of 1000mg vitamin c completely resolved her panting and fever and she is eating normally. I am taking her to the vet on Monday (when they are open) but I will continue to monitor her behavior and give her the 1000mg vitamin c treatment for the next week.

Currently I also supplement my dog's food with sunflower lecithin and taurine, but will add vitamin c (200mg) daily to the mix. Vitamin C powder is a staple in any family's cabinet!

(Note: I have a toy poodle, and she is 7 years old, and weighs approximately 3-4kgs or 5-6lbs; Dosage was 1000mg vitamin c powder in a tablespoon of coconut oil)

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My Ginger a poodle has a surgery scheduled in the morning, I'm afraid to go through with it in fear she may not survive and do not have $3000, how many times a day are you giving the combo of Vit C and coconut oil. I've been giving her the tumeric honey and C mix 4 times a day for the last two days.

Posted by Deicelylah (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 05/06/2016
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I was able to cure my dog with mega doses of vitamin c. 4500 ml per day. I boiled chicken breast and stuffed 2 vitamins (1) 500 and (1) 1000 ml of vitamin c and I have never seen anything turn around so quickly. I read this cure on this site and it worked like a charm. I took my dog to the vet and they told me that my dog would die if I didn't get her surgery that cost between $1500.00 and $2500.00 depending on how she responded and recovered. Never was I told that mega doses of vitamin C would work. Well it did and I am grateful to the man that posted this cure. I can't believe that the vet wouldn't tell me about this cure. I guarantee you they know but money is more important than a dogs life.

Replied by Carmen
Holyoke, Ma

My dog is has a uterus infection. Please tell me what kind of vitamin c I need to get. Thank you.

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What brand of vitamin c did you use?

Posted by Lani (Philippines) on 08/13/2015
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My dog is a 12 year old terrier-lab mix who recently had open pyo. She suddenly lost appetite and became emaciated and had weak hind legs and pinkish vaginal discharge. Surgery for me was not an option considering her age and extreme weakness. In my opinion, surgery might kill her. She refused to eat but kept on drinking plenty of water.

I did an internet research and read somewhere that if everything else fails, try megadoses of vitamin C. I then tried to feed my dog boiled pork liver which she suddenly ate with gusto. She refused any other kind of food. Seeing her response, I added 1500 mg. of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate) to her food. That was in the evening. The following day, I fed her boiled pork liver in the morning, noon and night and added 1500 mg. sodium ascorbate for each meal. Everytime I fed her, I would add sodium ascorbate to her food. I read in my internet research that I could give her up to 3000 mg. sodium ascorbate to bowel tolerance. I read further that if the dog suffers diarrhea, I was to cut down on the vitamin C. I resolved to maintain my dog's dosage of sodium ascorbate to up to 4500 mg. per day. I kept on adding vitamin C to my dog's food until about one and a half month passed by when she suddenly had diarrhea after eating food with vitamin C. I then cut down on her vitamin C intake, limiting it to 2500 mg to 3000 mg per day. She never had diarrhea again with that limited dose. This went on for about 2 1/2 months then I noticed that her vaginal discharge gradually disappeared until it was totally gone.

Her pyometra has completely healed after about 3 months. She now has a very good appetite and has resumed her active lifestyle. She's no longer emaciated. I'm glad that I still have my dog with me because I really love her dearly.

Now I give her only 500 mg. vitamin C three times weekly with her food and she goes along very fine with it.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Kudos, Lani on healing your girl!! Vitamin C is so available - I hope others can learn from your experience.

I do want to add that an open pyometra follows a heat cycle and may be seen 1-2 months after the cycle is over. The discharge is pus filled, whitish or greenish and usually smells FOUL. An open pyo is has a better survival rate than a closed pyo, but in each instance it is clear that the dog would benefit from a good dose of vitamin C at the onset of any treatment you choose.

Thank you for sharing Lani!

Replied by Delylah
Las Vegas
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I have a Pit Bull who also had this disease and I must tell you that I followed your instructions only replacing the pork liver with chicken. My dog was literally on her last legs and the vet told me if I didn't get her this expensive surgery, she would die. Well she is alive and well thanks to you. She is wagging her tail and playing, barking and tearing up her comforter like she use to and I couldn't be happier. I could not afford the surgery and almost put her down. I found your story the night before I was to put her down. I hope many read your story. Thanks for the detail!

God Bless You!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Good on you and congratulations on getting your dog well again. I had to try many cures myself for my animals over the years, living in the sticks for most of my life away from vets I had no choice but to help my animals the best way I knew how.

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Hi Delylah!

I'm glad your dog got well with the vitamin C regimen. It's good to know that what I had earlier posted helped you.

I have another suggestion for people whose dogs have open pyometra. You see, another dog of mine got sick with open pyometra but now I was confronted with the problem of my dog not wanting to eat anything at all. All that she was willing to do was to drink water. And it was complicated with vomiting episodes that really caused her to lose weight fast. What did I do? I did another internet research to find out how to deal with the vomiting problem. I saw an advice on mixing sodium bicarbonate with water and letting your dog take several sips throughout the day.

I took one pinch of sodium bicarbonate and mixed it with about 10 cc of water. I drew 5 cc of the mixture with a syringe (WITHOUT the needles, of course) and administered it at the corners of the mouth of the dog. I injected in three equal portions so that the liquid will not spill and the dog will be able to gulp down each portion. This thing worked like magic, the vomiting immediately stopped. So I waited for 2 hours more and administered the rest of the liquid and waited for another 2 hours. Then I mixed 1,000 mg. of the vitamin c (sodium ascorbate) with 1 tbsp. of powdered milk that was dissolved in 100 ml. of water. I administered it at the corners of the mouth of the dog with a 5cc syringe in small portions until the dog was able to drink all of the milk. I repeated this procedure during the first four days about 6 times per day in separate intervals. I noticed that the dog got stronger, and recovered faster, than with my previous dog who was just being fed pork liver. After about 5 days my dog was able to eat solid food so I just gave her milk 3 times a day and limited the vitamin c to 1,000 per milk feeding. After one month the pyometra was completely healed and my dog presently has a voracious appetite.

My conclusion is that milk combined with vitamin c will help your dog with open pyometra to recover faster.

Replied by Alain Lasquety
Paranaque City, Philippines

Good day. This is regarding your testimony of giving vitamin c to your pet dog with pyometra. How do you administer vitamin c to your pet? Is it syrup or capsule? We also have a pet dog that has pyometra and we do not want her to undergo surgery due to her old age (she is a 10 year old pug). Thank you for your advice!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Alain,

Not the original poster, but in case they do not see your response in a timely manner, you get the vitamin C in any way you can. Dogs with closed pyos may refuse to eat so a liquid might be easier to swallow. Dogs with open pyos may be tempted to eat something super tasty, so vitamin c tabs coated in cream cheese might work to get them down.

Replied by Girish

My dog is facing same problem. I live in India and here I searched for sodium ascorbate but everywhere I was only able to find out vitamin C 500 mg tablets which contains 400 mg sodium ascorbate and 100 mg ascorbic acid. Is it ok to give her 3 or more such tablets in powder form? Please reply ASAP. Regards

Replied by Lani

Hello! For those who are inquiring about the Vitamin C that I used for my dogs, I used the crystalline form of powdered sodium ascorbate which is white in color. It is available here in the Phiippines in capsulated form at 500 mg. per capsule. What I did was to open the capsules and pour the powder inside slices of pork liver for the dog to eat. With regards to my other dog that refused to eat anything solid, I poured the Vitamin C powder on powdered milk which was dissolved in water. For the question of Girish, yes by all means you can use the sodium ascorbate mixed with ascorbic acid. This is because sodium ascorbate is merely a buffered form of ascorbic acid which is also Vitamin C. Buffering is done to reduce chances of stomach upset upon intake on an empty stomach. Ascorbic acid generally has to be taken with food to avoid stomach upset. Sodium ascorbate, on the other hand can be taken on an empty stomach because it is already buffered. Considering that the ascorbic acid content of your vitamin mix is only 100 mg., I don't think it will pose any problem for your dog if administered to her.

Replied by Vignesh
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Hi, I a from India too and a loser to get vision of this blog so late..My pet is suffering from open pyometra for nearly a month.The treatment was very immediate after we saw discharge from her vulva..We started with a 14 day course of oral antibiotic "chefpet" then followed by intravenous fluids and amoxicillin for 5 days and continuous monitoring of her creatinine level as we feared her kidney was damaged heavy..then after 7 days the discharge stopped and she was eating solids after 20 days..but it did not last the very fourth day (last Friday) she stopped eating and recurrent vomits, pinkish discharge made her faint and it got worst with diarrhea .. Now again we have started with intravenous fluids and amoxicillin again from yesterday.. Doctor's words were it is too infected but my family is trying hard to save the life of a 14 yr old member..Thank God I got to see this page which had actually injected hope that got lost a day back....

My query is that my pet is suffering open pyometra .current situation is she has vomits, diarrhea and pinkish discharge. I am giving her mucane gel, methalgin, water, orsl and taking her to vet everyday for intravenous fluids and amoxicillin....kindly help me with the possible method and the quantity of vitamin c that can be administered..I am and will be grateful for all your kind and generous words of advice.. Is it ok if a administer milk with vit c but I fear both milk as well as vit c are not good for diarrhea.pls help

Replied by Lani

Hi Vignesh!

I'm so sorry that your dog is extremely ill. I'm not a veterinarian, but I do a lot of reading and research. It seems to me that your dog's case is really complicated at this point due to the vomiting and diarrhea that she is experiencing. It is my opinion though that the level of probiotics in her gut or intestines is already very low due to the course of antibiotics that had been administered to her. You see antibiotics will not only kill the bad bacteria but will also kill the good ones. Normally the good bacteria in the gut will outnumber the bad ones such that you will not experience vomiting or diarrhea. Once the bad bacteria outnumbers the good ones then expect that you will experience vomiting or diarrhea, or both. It is therefore my opinion that you give probiotics to your dog orally in large amounts to control the vomiting and diarrhea. Once the vomiting and diarrhea stops for at least 24 hours then you can already begin the Vitamin C therapy. It is useless to give the Vitamin C if your dog is still vomiting because she will just vomit it.

Dosage of Vitamin C for your dog will be based upon the level of saturation that can be achieved in the bloodstream. Meaning, you can give your dog as much Vitamin C that she can tolerate until you observe that she experiences diarrhea. Diarrhea is an indication that the dog's bloodstream is already saturated with Vitamin C hence you need to taper or reduce the dose to the point that she will no longer experience diarrhea. It is safe to give a very high dose at the onset of treatment because the dog's immune system is trying to combat a heavy infection at that point.

If your dog refuses to eat then you have to mix the Vitamin C powder with milk or meat broth. But in my case, I found out that my dog got well faster with milk. Use a syringe to make the dog drink the milk. I would recommend a dose of 2,000 mg. Vitamin C to be given with the milk three times daily or a total of 6,000 mg. per day. Once the dog is able to eat solid food taper the dose to only 3,000 mg. per day or 1,000 mg. per milk feeding three times daily.

Good luck to you and God bless. I wish your dog well.

Replied by Dina

Thank you for this post. I have organic coconut milk powder I am going to give her tonight.

Replied by Hannelle

My dog have open pyometra but a big abdomen. Can I give her a combination of antibiotic and vitamin c? or will it cancel the effect if combined?

Replied by Lani

Hi Hanelle!

I did not use antibiotics before on my dogs and yet I successfully treated them. I relied solely on vitamin c. The danger of using antibiotics is that it also kills the good bacteria in the intestines such that if its level becomes dangerously low, you will have a dog with vomiting, diarrhea, or both. You need to supplement your dog's diet with probiotics if you intend to go ahead with the use of antibiotics. This is to replace the good bacteria that will be killed by the antibiotics.

Replied by Alyssq

Other than vitamin C is your dog on other medications such as antibiotics?

Replied by Lani

I did not use any other medication. Not even antibiotics. Just the vitamin c.

Replied by Aarati
Maharashtra, India.

congratulations for your how she is? can using vitamin c daily prevent reoccurance of pyometra?

Replied by Lani

Both my dogs are well, one is turning 15 years old by February and the other will be 11 years old by May 2018. Yes, vitamin c prevented recurrence of pyometra on my dogs, I just dose them with at least 1000 mg. of vitamin c everyday for at least 4 weeks after heat. I also just want to share an experience that happened to my sister's dog that is 10 years old. 9 days after heat she started refusing to eat so I told my sister that she probably has pyometra and that she give the dog a high dose of vitamin c. We wanted to use manuka honey too but we do not have that here in the Philippines. My sister did just that; the dog was fine but her abdomen started to become big. There was no vaginal discharge at all, so it became apparent to us by the 10th day that we were dealing with a closed pyometra. The dilemma for us then was how to induce the uterus to open naturally so that the pus could drain out of it. After researching the internet, we found out that arsenicum album worked for a dog with open pyometra. We were wondering if this would also work for this dog since her case is different. We researched that some homeopathic remedies do induce a cleansing or detoxification reaction in the body- and we thought that if we give it to our dog, will the uterus cleanse itself and open up to expel its contents? The highest dose that a homeopath (who is not a vet) had available here was 200c in pellet form. He said that we could try giving the dog 5 pellets 3x daily, at least 30 minutes before food intake. He told us however that the 200c was a strong dose. So in the evening, we initially tried 3 pellets dissolved in a small amount of water for the dog to consume. We noticed that she was able to sleep. The following morning, we gave her 4 pellets. To our surprise, 20 minutes after administration the pus started to drain out of the dog's vagina. We were ecstatic that the closed pyometra became open. We then discontinued use of the arsenicum album and continued with the vitamin c treatment. The dog was taking a long time to heal however; so we researched again if there is a substitute for manuka honey that we can use. Manuka honey is effective because it has strong antibacterial properties. If we can find another natural product that is strongly antibacterial, then we can solve the problem. After researching, we came up with royal jelly which is another bee product. Luckily it can be ordered online here in the Philippines. The one that we were able to buy was capsulated, containing 75 mg of powdered royal jelly per capsule. In the morning, we opened 2 capsules and mixed it with powdered milk dissolved in water and vitamin c. We let the dog consume it and repeated the process during noon and night. To our surprise, the purulent appearance of the pus coming out of the dog's vagina started to clear up immediately the following day. Ater seven days of treatment there was no more vaginal discharge. The pyometra completely cleared up and the dog returned to her usual self, with lots of energy and good appetite.

I hope that this information will be able to help someone in the future who is in the same predicament. And I just want to say thank you to all dog lovers who take care of and look after the welfare of their dogs. I love you guys!!!

Replied by Teresa

Would this be good for my cat? She still has an appetite and she is herself.

My cat has slight discharge of blood all the time from her vagina. Other than that she is fine, full of energy and eating well from her symptoms I think she has pyometrea. Can I give her the vit c powder the turmeric and the Manuka honey?

Replied by Maggie
29 posts

Research D-Mannose, you might want to try that. It's sweet and easy to give to pets. Worked on my dog.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Teresa,

Yes - you can give your cat all of those remedies. But my advice is to please take your cat to the vet for a diagnosis. Most of the time with pyo's the pet is NOT eating well, finicky and depressed. It is possible your cat has another critical health issue.

Replied by Roni

Hi Lani,

Currently following your advice for our dog who have an open pyometra. She's looking better now, slowly gaining her energy and the appetite to eat. Just wanted to know how long did you treat your dogs with Vit C and to ask if it is normal for them to excrete pus because of the treatment?

Looking forward for your kind response.

Thanks! 😊

Replied by Lani

Hi Roni!

In my experience it takes a long time to cure your dog with vitamin c. My first dog took about 2 1/2 months but I continued the treatment up to the third month just to make sure. My second dog took 1 month when I mixed the vitamin c with milk. I guess though that the duration of treatment depends on the age of the dog, her physical condition, and the severity of the disease. I had an experience with another dog though; the duration of treatment was shortened when, in addition to vitamin c capsulated bee propolis was given. The one that I was able to buy online were capsulated with 500 mg. content per capsule. It took about 8 days for the dog to heal. I even gave up to 9 capsules in a day and there were no side effects on the dog. Another option is royal jelly because it is available online here in the Philippines. You can also give up to 6 capsules per day of a 500 mg. concentration. In my experience, it took 7 days for the dog to heal. Both bee propolis and royal jelly are strongly antibacterial. But if I were you, I would initially use royal jelly because of its high nutrient content which will be beneficial for a dog who is not able to eat. If it is not available, I highly recommend bee propolis with the vitamin c.

Replied by Lani

Hi again Roni!

This is regarding your other question. Yes, it is normal for pus to exit during treatment. In my experience, when I began the treatment the discharge was initially pinkish to reddish and a little bit watery. As I continued treatment the discharge became whitish and less watery. Then when the dog is nearly cured the discharge became clear in appearance. And finally, the discharge will completely disappear. You will know that your dog is cured when there is no more discharge and your dog will have a voracious appetite. Just to be sure, continue treatment for at least 2 weeks more just to make sure that all bacteria in your dog's uterus is already cleared up.

Replied by Nancy C.

I going to buy vitamin c, right now....because I not have money for surgery....omg...i hope this can help my dog..!

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Posted by Txlettyinaz (Arizona) on 09/19/2018
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My 10lb, 13 y/o bichipoo suddenly developed signs of closed pyometra. She did not get up out of bed to watch me get ready for work and declined her daily walk and food. Her nose was very warm and dry, she was vomiting and her tummy was beginning to extend. I went to Sprouts and bought Manuka Doctor 24+ Bioactive Manuka Honey, Mega Food Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder (with Tart cherry and Black pepper), Signature Care (Safeway Brand) Chewable Vitamin C tablets 500 mg, Boiron Arsenicum Album pellets, and concentrate Trace Minerals Drops and one bottle of plain Pedialyte.

I ground up two vitamin c tabs in my mortar and pestle, added two 1/8 teaspoons of turmeric powder, the 3/4 teaspoon of Manuka honey and added 1 tablespoon of pedialyte and mixed in a condiment glass bowl until smooth. The trace mineral drops were to recharge the pedialyte after opening as Pedialyte loses it potency after two days of opening and not used.

I administered the full amount via oral syringe. I gave her one pellet of arsenicum 1 hour after the oral solution. I administered oral solution and single pellet 2x a day. We are on day 2- her nose is wet again, her tummy back down and she is eating and running around playing with her sister. We are going to continue the treatment for at least another 3 days. I am going to pay to have her fixed soon as I can before her next heat cycle. This was the first time in her 13 years that this has happened even though she has never been bred. I wouldn't be able to see her go through this again as I know next time we might not be so lucky. But thank you to Earth Clinic and all the contributors here who share their knowledge and experience. You saved Twinkie!

Replied by Shean
Manila, Philippines

My dog's pyometra had recurred. I'm giving her a maintenance of those 3 ( vit c, turmeric, and manuka). The last time he got her menses it didn't recur. But this month after her menses, she had colds then now she had pyometra again. What should I do? She's not eating that much. I brought her to vet every now and then just to make sure she's safe. I'm really worried. Don't want to see her in pain anymore.


Hi Shean,

It seems to me that you have to increase the dosage of the three components that you are giving to your dog. Considering that she has also a cold, then there are two health issues that your dog is dealing with: pyometra and colds. It would take a higher dose that what you are giving to help your dog get well. If she has no appetite, you have to give her the components orally with the use of a syringe.

It may help to have your dog spayed after she gets well with this current bout of pyometra. If you do not want to have her spayed, then you have to anticipate that every time she has her heat pyometra will probably follow. You have to give her an increased dose of the mixture as described in this website immediately after heat and probably for a month just to make sure that the pyometra will not recur.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Sean,

The nature of pyometra is that it will recurr; if your girl is not a breeding dog, spaying obviously removes this from happening. You might also seek out a holistic vet to see they have a non-surgical option for you.

Posted by Evans (Marseilles, Illinois ) on 08/11/2018
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My dog was not able to walk and she had a lump on her neck. I took her to the vet and they said her uterus was infected and that she had lymphoma cancer. Brought her home so everyone could say their goodbyes. I looked up natural cures for the uterus infection (pyometra). This Earth Clinic page showed to give them honey turmeric and vitamin C. I did that for a week and now she is running around like a whole new dog! The knot is even gone on her neck. I am not saying the cancer is gone but the knot could have been from the infection.

Replied by Julie H.
Sarasota, Fl

Could you tell me how much of each you gave and for how long? Is she still doing well?

Posted by Lizette (Blackpool) on 06/15/2018
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I am so grateful for your web page. Thanks to your posts my 14 year Old Japanese Akita has escaped been put to sleep by two vets and is now fit and healthy again. Thanks to vitamin c, turmeric and manuka honey. Thank you so very much we suffered for 8 weeks with an open pyometra and within a week of taking the above she started to eat, walk and put her weight back on. She is now back on walks with her brother who is also a Japanese Akita aged 12. Thank you again xx

Replied by John

I have a 2 year old dog named Bella who I believe has pyometra, I got her while she was in heat a couple of months ago and there has been a discharge for a little while but now she doesn't want to eat and she doesn't have much energy. Do you really think the vitamin C tumor in Manuka Honey will help her or should I bring her to the vet immediately? I don't have much money so I'm not sure what to do.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey John,

Have you taken her temp? Does she have a fever? If you are not sure, my advice is to see the vet, quick before the holiday emergency rates kick in. At the very least you should have a blood panel run to see the white count/check for an infection. If you cannot afford a blood panel, running a temperature over 102 is usually a sign of infection. Vitamin C is always a good idea, and 1,000 mg and higher can be indicated for infections - with or without the use of antibiotics. Manuka honey, the GOOD stuff, is expensive and in the long run the vet might be cheaper. You are the only one who knows your budget and the condition of your dog - please let us know what you do.

Posted by Melissa (Chicago) on 05/15/2018
5 out of 5 stars

About 1 1/2 weeks ago, I noticed a purulent discharge coming from my dogs lady part. Her name is Dazzle and she is a 12 yr old Boxer. At first I thought she was starting her season because I noticed a few drops of blood. Then within a few days she just seemed off. Not eating much but still eating, super clingy, really tired, frequent urination and heavy panting. Then all of a sudden we noticed a thick yellow/white discharge. I scoured the Internet in search of what this may be. (As it was a Sunday and local vets are closed, and ER vets here cost an arm & a leg) Long story short, after a vet visit and an estimated cost of 3k we knew it was Pyrometra. So after many hours last Monday again scouting the Internet, I found this page. Thank god! I decided to use the following method,

Dazzle is about 40lb's so this is the dosage I used,

  • 1/8 tspn of Sodium Ascorbate
  • 1/4 tspn Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tspn of 16+ Manuka Honey

The 1st day of treatment I was aggressive giving Dazzle this 5x's a day, the next day I went down to 4x's a day and then finally 3x's a day. It's now 1 week later and my girl is just about back to herself. She is again eating, barking, and again playing with her brother and sister. She is still leaking a bit but it has majorally diminished. And the color of the discharge has lightened up. And the texture is now more watery vs thick/stringy.

I want to give a big heart felt thank you from my fur baby and myself to all of of you who have posted your reviews and treatment options. I was feeling so desperate. No one should ever have to choose between paying their bills and caring for their pet.

Replied by Melissa

How do I administer these three things to my dog cause she isn't eating? Need help ASAP...thanks

Posted by Buramiko (Hong Kong) on 02/18/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Fast!! Manuka honey works just like antibiotics but only in strong strength:

First I must thank the writer and all the feedbacks on this post, without all the positive feedbacks here I might not have tried this natural remedy.

My female dachshund is 14 years old and she was spayed at young age. She had Open Pyo 3 years ago with clear bacteria discharge, my vet did a surgery to remove excessive remnents inside her belly. But last year, the discharge came back, it was never serious, discharge was clear, no foul smell, and dog seemed happy and normal. Culture was done and due to the old age, we tried to cure her with antibiotics. She had antibiotics for 6 months, condition got better but the infection/discharge only reduced but never completely eliminated. Vet said it was not healthy to take anymore antibiotics and she recommended surgery to open up and clear up the infection again.

That was the time I did research online and I came across this post. I went to buy UMF15+ Manuka Honey, Tumeric, and Vitamin C tablets. I fed my dog based on the dosage recommended on this post. A week had passed and no improvement. So I decided to go ahead with the surgery. Luckily the surgery went well, ANY remaining female organs (that were carrying the pus) were removed. No more discharge for 2 months.

But last week discharge came back!! It was quite a lot with slight brown tint color. I thought how could that happen when there was only very minimal organ left?? It's Chinese New Year holiday in my country and my vet is on leave. My dog would have to wait 5 days before my vet could see me. So I decided to try Manuka Honey again, at least for these few days hoping the infection wouldn't get worse before the holiday ends.

So I went to buy UMF 20+ Manuka Honey this time (yeah expensive). My dog weighs around 10 lbs, I feed her around 1/3 teaspoon each time, 3 times a day, also 1/2 tablet of 1000mg Vitamin C two times a day. Then miracle happened!! After 3 days, all discharge were cleared!!! Wow the effect was so fast it was just like antibiotic - except it was all natural! It was even better than antibiotics as she had them for 6 months and they didn't clear up the infection. Now I cancelled my vet appointment and I'll keep feeding her the same dosage until the entire 500g bottle of manuka honey is finished. Then maybe I'll just feed her 1/3 teaspoon once each day thereafter.

So why didn't it work the first time?? Well, to get fast and significant medical result, I think you really need UMF20+ strength, made in New Zealand (I heard Australian made is less effective) ones. Lower strength might still do the work but it may take longer time so you may end up with similar cost and your dog will suffer longer. Don't buy the brand "Manuka Doctor" as I read on amazon their strength/rating is NOT UMF/MGO official ratings which is very misleading. Buy a brand that is licensed in New Zealand, you can search the brand here to find out if it's a legitimate honey farm.

And if the infection is serious such as a close Pyo then you better go see a doctor immediately.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Buramiko,

I find your post confusing. Pyometra is an infection of the uterus. If your dog was spayed 14 years ago, it means she has had no uterus for 14 years. No uterus = no uterine infection; no open pyo no closed pyo - it is impossible. I am most curious as to what condition your dog had/has, and am glad the manuka honey has helped her.

Replied by Buramiko
Hong Kong

Hi Theresa, apparently according to both of my vets (last year and 3 years ago) pyo on desexed female dogs is possible because desex surgeries do remove ovaries and uterus but not the little portion of cervical where the urethra opening is. That little portion is the place where infection happens and carrying the pus. That's why the infection on my dog isn't serious.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Buramiko,

Ahh - thank you for the clarification. I think this is a syntax issue/miscommunication. Your dog did not and cannot have pyometra, which is specifically a uterine infection, because your dog does not have a uterus. Your dog apparently has been dealing with a vaginal infection, of which your dog still possesses. While I think Manuka honey is a wonderful remedy, you might find more immediate and effective relief for your dog's vaginal infection by douching with a solution of betadine. You would use a syringe [remove the hypodermic needle to use] and mix up betadine with warm water - dilute until it is the color of tea, and use that to flush the vagina. Flushing the vagina with a weak vinegar solution will also be helpful in this case as well.

Replied by Cheryl

Pyometra? I have a 3 year old Maltese that whelped a week ago. 3-5 weeks into her pregnancy she started showing a dark discharge. She delivered normally without complications and is entering 3rd week of nursing and still has a discharge. No fever, no distention, no change in personality or appetite.The discharge is not profuse but is concerning. I am considering treating her with the turmeric, vitamin C and Mauka but am concerned about the effect it will have on her nursing young. Feedback anyone?