Pyometra in Dogs: Treatment and Home Remedies

Sep 13, 2017

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.

Do you have a natural remedy for pyometra? Please send us some feedback!

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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,

Replied by Jenni
Bermuda
08/25/2017

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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BETTER BUT NOT CURED

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
Nc
04/29/2017

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


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!!!

Replied by Robert
Tx
09/03/2016

At 230 in the afternoon, she became very uneasy and whimpered a lot, she looked at me for help, could not stand it...so 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 apply....by the way she was a rescue dog. So happy

Replied by Manuka Mom
Los Angeles
09/12/2016

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)

Plus

- 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
09/13/2016

Robert,

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 :)

Replied by Tracy
Ohio
09/21/2016

Hi,

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
10/14/2016

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
Chicago
10/21/2016

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
10/28/2016

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.

Brett

Replied by Mary
Tampa
05/14/2017

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!

Replied by Brett
Nc
05/15/2017

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!


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

I need Teds Help Asap!!!

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
08/28/2013

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
12/26/2014

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
12/26/2014

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.

Replied by Maria
Sturgis, MI
01/21/2015
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Warning

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)

Replied by Dina
Connecticut
07/04/2017

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
05/19/2017

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


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
08/13/2015

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
05/06/2016
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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
05/06/2016

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.

Replied by Lani
Philippines
05/07/2016

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
06/28/2016

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
06/28/2016

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
India
07/15/2016

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
Philippines
07/15/2016

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
11/28/2016

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
Philippines
11/28/2016

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
Connecticut
07/04/2017

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


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Posted by Sam W. (Perkins, Oklahoma) on 09/04/2017
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Method of Delivery,

For my dog I had great success mixing turmeric, powdered vitamin C, and some Ceylon cinnamon with extra virgin olive oil. Then mixing Manuka honey with that on a saucer. After dabbing my fingers for her to lick, the saucer was cleaned willingly.


Posted by James (Texas) on 08/04/2017
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I recently read the post and did research on pyometra on female dogs who go into estrus cycle and came across your article regarding manuka honey, tumeric and vitamin C. My dog is 13 years old and developed what appeared to be open pyometra and found the recommended homeopathic treatment after researching the options. I was fortunate that she had open and not closed pyometra and it appears after 2 weeks that she has recovered but I will need to keep her on a vitamin C treatment. Thought you might like to know that it worked. That still doesn't resolve the problem that she's 13 and has it been spayed.

I appreciate the information shared and I will continue to monitor the website and submit articles as needed. I am a former Healthcare professional by trade and I Hobby in entomology for relaxation.

Replied by Brittany
Belle Vernon, Pa
09/13/2017

My dog has been ill. I spent thousands at the vets for no answer. Was sent home with an antibiotic & it helped her almost instantly. Now a month later she has been sick again. Losing weight, not eating, discharge, diarrhea. I'm thinking it's pyometra. I bought the items listed except I can't find powdered vitamin c so I bought chewable vitamin c tablets & a pill crushed. Will this be fine? She's 14 lbs, 8 year old. How much of each should I use? I can't get manuka honey until pay day Friday so I bought raw unfiltered organic honey for now.


Posted by Sue (Carlsbad, Ca.) on 07/05/2017
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Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey for Pyometra

This worked wonders for my dog! She's a 9 yr old Chihuahua and this remedy healed her infection in about 1 1/2 weeks. I will continue to give her the treatment for another month to make sure it clears every thing up. But she is a new dog now without any pain or discharge. Thanks so much for posting this method! I will add that I decreased the amount of turmeric a little because it seemed to upset her stomach. Once I decreased the amount a small amount she's had no problem.

Replied by Letty
California
07/26/2017

My dog is 16yrs old poodle mix, who has pyometra. My vet advised she needs a very expensive surgery or she would need to be put to sleep. I started with the treatment today and she is doing a little bit better, however, I am concern because she has had no discharge. Is this normal? What happens with the pus?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
07/27/2017

Hey Letty,

In a closed pyo, the pus gets resorbed into the body, and the toxins get filtered out by the kidneys. It is possible for the cervix to open and the pus to drain so keep a close eye on the situation. A closed pyo is a painful condition - imagine your uterus filling up light a tight balloon. If this were my dog I would monitor her temperature very closely - temps over 105 degrees can result in brain damage and seizures. Please report back!


Posted by Jrouts (Gatineau) on 05/25/2017
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Manuka Honey, Turmeric and Vitamin C for Open Pyometra

Last night around 9 our Bulldog started to bleed but not the typical way she would she she would go into heat. In fact her last heat was only 8 weeks ago. We took her into the 24 hrs emergency as it was starting to get out of control quite rapidly and I could tell by feeling her ears that she had a fever. Throughout all this she acted like the same old Molly!

Anyways, after our meeting with the Dr.it turns out it is Pyometra. Now, with our dog, we cannot have her go surgery (or she would have been spayed LONGG ago)

She has too many health concerns already and specialists fear that she would die on the table from lack of oxygen due to her small trachea, large tongue and jaw issues.

We came home with 14 days of antibiotics and then came across your site-THANK YOU! I went and bough everything needed to concoct this paste and have administered it 3 times already today. She is having much less fluid today and the foul odor has left..thank goodness.

Fingers crossed this is not where her story ends! She is a true fighter and we will fight for her! Thank you for this forum...It has been extremely helpful!

Replied by Noel
Stony Brook, Ny
08/26/2017

I was wondering should u give antibiotics along with this formula or no?


Posted by Lefty12 (Beach Park, Il) on 05/23/2017
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Pyometra: I want to thank you for this site, I used vitamin c, turmeric, manuka honey and kefir. The infection has slowed down and my dog has begun to come back to life, she had a coughing, sneezing, gaggin and runny nose, she has gotten much better over 9 days, I also checked her breathing and at rest now it is 28 breaths per minute. Thanks for the wonderful helpful advice

Replied by Philly215
Philadelphia, Pa
05/28/2017

What type of kefir? Or should I get a specific kind from petsmart?

Replied by Terry
Nc
05/30/2017

I started Storm on this regiment along with ensure because she started to become anemic. It's been 24 hours and she is still panting heavily. The discharge has stopped, but she is growing weak. How long did the concoction take effect? I can't give up on her. Please advise. Thanks.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
05/31/2017

Terry,

Please take Storm to your vet ASAP. I have had two girls with pyos - one with an open pyo would have done well with this remedy but I did not know about it and had her spayed, with much regret. The other had a closed pyo, her temp continued to rise to 105, she was panting heavily and in PAIN. Take Storm's temp - if it is 105 or over you are risking brain and organ damage. If this were my dog and she was getting weak and in pain and the remedy was not bringing results in a timely manner I would see the vet and bite the bullet and use the big pharma antibiotics to save her life while waiting on the manuka remedy to work.

Replied by Lefty12
Beach Park Il
06/02/2017

I used plain unsweetened kefir

Replied by Lefty12
Beach Park Il
06/02/2017

Just to let you know, my dog never panted at all, I caught the infection quick and I used the most powerful vitamin c out there. I used the camu powder and used 1 tsp twice a day, my dog used to cough, gag, sneeze and runny nose and I was told by one vet she had heart disease, since giving her this treatment she has pretty much back to normal, her eating habits our back and lately doing a lot of barking and playing with her sister, she is going to maintanence doses as she is too old to be spayed as she is 13.

Replied by Lefty12
Beach Park Il
06/08/2017

ok here it is for the update on my dog, in case your wondering if this works and I will tell you it does, if not for this my beloved pet of 13 years may not be here, but please before anything else please have it checked out because along with pyometra it also could be something else also, today my dog had to have surgery and the doctor who performed the surgery informed me she had a golf ball sized tumor on her ovary, after the surgery I was able to talk with the doctor and he said by giving her the turmeric, vitamin c and manuka honey saved her life, and had it not been for the tumor it would have healed the whole pyometra situation


Posted by Reni (Oceanside, Ca) on 04/24/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My 8 year old 45lb. mutt dog was on prednisone for an auto immune emergency situation...which led to many secondary infections. One of which I THINK was pyometra. Although my dog was spayed when we adopted her...they may have been a portion of her uterus left in tact.

She has had many of the symptoms of an OPEN PYOMETRA case:
- mucus (yellowish/green) discharge from the vulva
- majorly lethargic
- drinking tons of water
- not eating (lost 11 pounds)
- pale pink gums
- weakening of the back legs
- laying flat (stretched out, belly on floor) on cool surfaces
- constantly licking her vulva

Long story short...I hated the fact that my dog was on the chemical drug prednisone, and I wasn't about to put her through more vet visits, tests and drugs. So I found many posts about the positive effects of manuka honey, tumeric and vitamin c. I figured...I had nothing to loose, my dog was already skin and bones, and I was feeding her bone broth by a syringe. She was so sick that she didn't wag her tail or lift her head from her doggy bed. So I headed right out to my local organic store and gave her the first tincture/mixture the moment I got home. Since she wasn't eating I just had to take the mixture on my finger and smear it on her tongue so she would swallow it. She had it twice before we went to bed...and in the morning she was wagging her tail and lifting her head. By the next evening She allowed me to help her get up....and she wanted to go outside. Slowly after about a week of this treatment she gained her appetite back ( a little) and started eating more regularly, started being more active, and her energy level increased day by day.

Let me also tell you that during the 2 weeks on this treatment the mucus/discharge got a lot heavier, thicker and greener (gross right?). I just kept wiping her vulva and cleaning it up with a warm rag...and then immediately tossing the rags into a bin to be washed in hot water and bleach. But about half way through the treatment the mucus started to thin out, turn back to yellow-white in color and became less frequent.

3 weeks later she is pretty much herself again. Still a little weak in the back legs, and still, sometimes, in that flat position on the cool tile floor.BUT her energy level is WAY up, she is eating normal again, gums are back to bubble gum pink, not drinking as much water, etc.....and no more mucus! I'm still giving her the tincture/mixture 3x a day....with just tumeric + vit. c added to the honey in the first treatment of the day. I will probably continue to give her this until the strength is back in her back legs and she stops laying flat on the floor (cause she didn't ever do that before she was sick)

Here's my tincture/mixture - THREE TIMES per day
-1/4 tsp. manuka honey (100% pure MGO 400)
-half of a 1/8 tsp. tumeric (reg. powdered in the spice isle)
-half of a 1/8 tsp. vitamin c (with calcium ascorbate)

NOTE:
- read about the benefits of manuka honey.
- read about tumeric for dogs (http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/turmeric-dogs/) scroll to bottom
- read about vitamin c for dogs (http://www.yoursadorably.com/vitamin-c-for-dogs-and-dosage/) read toward bottom about dosage

I always tend to be more cautious when starting a new remedy...and if I see that it's fine and working for my dog...than I increase gradually.

I hope you find this helpful...as much as I found the previous posts about this remedy helpful. I feel so lucky to know about EARTH CLINIC...this site has helped my entire family with treatment (successful treatments) for different ailments.

And let me also say...that if your gut tells you to take your dog to see the vet...PLEASE follow your instincts. I just choose to avoid the stress on my dog...and try a natural approach first. GOOD LUCK!



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