Pippa, the 4-year-old Domestic Shorthair, recently paid us a visit when her owners noticed she was unusually flat and had some abnormal discharge present around her back end.

On examination, Dr. Isabelle determined Pippa was pale and painful in her belly. This called for further tests to be performed, revealing she had a uterine infection known as a Pyometra.




Pyometras are potentially fatal and can occur without warning at any time. Any un-desexed or entire female is at risk of developing this condition, whereby an accumulation of pus forms within the uterus.

Pippa was quickly admitted for an emergency ovario-hysterectomy, commonly known as a Spey, to remove the infection. Thankfully, the surgery was a huge success and this young lady is now recovering well.

Routine desexing plays an important role in the preventative healthcare of our pets. Not only does this procedure eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies and mammary cancers, it’s also a great way to ensure pyometra doesn’t develop in female species.

We typically advise desexing at 16 weeks of age – a day procedure that easily coincides with your pet’s final puppy or kitten vaccination.

For more information on the desexing of your pet, feel free to have a chat with one of our friendly vets or nurses.