After a recent case with an older female dog, Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter officials want to share why it’s important to have your pets spayed or neutered.
Susie, about 7 years old, was brought to the shelter on Jan. 10 and was diagnosed with pyometra, an infection of the uterus.
“She was very lethargic and inactive in her run. The veterinary team had noticed, but also knew she was older and probably a little depressed from being confined,” Animal Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Kent Glenn said. “When her stray hold isolation and evaluation passed, we brought her up for spaying where the serious uterine infection was discovered.”
Animal Services Operations Manager Eric Shumar said when an animal is brought to the shelter without a collar or microchip, they wait three days to see if someone claims them. If not, the animal becomes the city of Weatherford’s.
“While they were doing the surgery, her uterus was like three big pop cans and usually that means there are puppies in there, but this was all fluid and infection,” Shumar said. “It’s not a matter of if you get pyometra, which is an infected uterus, it’s when — older dogs and cats always get it.”
In male animals, Shumar said they are more prone to getting testicular cancer.
“It’s pretty common and this one was pretty progressed and was about to be septic,” Shumar said. “But we see a lot of animals where it’s inflamed and then we take it out, they heal and are fine. With Susie, they think she had the infection and then she got pregnant and it caused it to get worse.”
Glenn said Susie would have probably died if she didn’t receive the surgery.
“If she had not had the good fortune of being brought to WPCAS by our animal control officers, she would likely have died from the infection,” Glenn said. “Pyometra is a serious, problem common in intact female cats and dogs and is a very good reason to seek the services of your family veterinarian to have your pets spayed.”
Shumar said though having your pet spayed can be a bit of a cost, it’s better than waiting.
“It’s about a $200 cost to spay your pet, but if you don’t, it’s going to be a $600 to $800 procedure because of all the aftercare, drugs and it’s a more invasive surgery,” Shumar said. “The point is it can cost a little bit up front, but it’s prevention. We want to promote the relationship with your local veterinarian.”
Susie is now all fixed up and healing at the shelter — she is up for adoption as well. The adoption cost for females at the WPCAS is $100 and includes all their vaccinations. Male animals are available for adoption for $90 with all their vaccinations. The cost difference is because of the spay surgery provided to females, Shumar said.
For more information visit the WPCAS page on the city of Weatherford website at weatherfordtx.gov.