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For a graphic discussion of Pyometra (not for the squeamish): PYOMETRA by Claire Duder, D.V.M.
any post-estral bitch (whether or not they were bred) who is not well should have a white blood cell count done, and an abdominal xray or ultrasound to visualize the uterus, even if there is no obvious discharge.
I know whenever I had a bitch post-estrus if something didn't seem right, like drinking a lot of water, I insisted on an x-ray and blood work.
The symptom I've heard most commonly from breeders who have had a bitch with a closed pyometra is the excessive thirst.

I hate having intact bitches-but then I'm not a breeder.

[ January 12, 2006, 09:40 PM: Message edited by: Barbara Winters ]
 

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I tend to be a worry wart so for me it was worth the price of an x-ray and lab work just to ease my mind. But you veterinarian knows best.

Yes I know your bitches are intact for field trials/shows. That was the only reason mine were intact and the minute it was decided they weren't going to cut it in the show ring, I was on the phone scheduling the surgery. ;)

Have fun showing Bette!
 
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