Before the procedure takes place, we ask that you, (the owner) read this information carefully as it provides you with knowledge ready for the elected procedure. All surgical procedures undertaken carry associated risks and complications. Although rare, we want you to be fully informed before you proceed.
A womb infection (pyometra) can be life threatening if not treated promptly and we recommend surgery as the best treatment option, unless there is a medical reason why this would not be appropriate. Animals with a pyometra are often very sick and we would always recommend full bloods before the surgery. This allows us to detect other underlying diseases which could complicate the outcome, such as kidney disease/injury which can in some instances be a complication of the pyometra. We also recommend intravenous fluid therapy (IVFT) before, during a after the surgical procedure. Hospitalisation at our out of hour’s provider may be necessary and will be discussed with you.
Please read the following list of complications that can result from this procedure and ask a member of staff if you have any questions or concerns. This list is not exhaustive. We will discharge your pet with a buster collar to be worn at all times which can help reduce the incidence of post-operative complications. Ideally this should be worn for a full 10 days. There are surgical vests that can used instead, although these would need to be purchased by yourself as we do not stock these items. Should an accepted complication arise, owners are liable for the costs associated with the complication.
- Anaesthetic death
- Haemorrhage (bleeding) both during and after the procedure (inside or outside of the abdomen)
- Wound break down partial or complete
- Wound infection
- Bruising and swelling
- Seroma (pocket of fluid)
- Damage to other internal organs
- Suture site reaction
- Clipper rash por skin reaction to surgical scrub
- Risk of injury on recovery post-operatively
- Kidney injury/failure post-operatively
- Uterine remnant, granuloma or infection (stump pyometra)
We take precautions to minimise these risks, however on occasion complications do arise. We do offer post-operative checks at 3 and 10 days post-surgery to monitor your pets’ recovery.