Metritis in Dogs

Overview of Canine Metritis

Metritis is the medical term used to describe inflammation of the uterus. This uterine disease is similar to pyometra but it has some differences. Unlike pyometra, metritis is most often a bacterial uterine infection that develops in the immediate post partum (after giving birth) period and occasionally after abortion or breeding. It is most often associated with retained fetuses or placentas.

What to Watch For

Symptoms of Metritis in Dogs include:

Diagnosis of Metritis in Dogs

Tests may include:

Treatment of Metritis in Dogs

Home Care and Prevention

There is no home care for metritis; this condition requires veterinary care. After diagnoses, make sure your dog receives all prescribed medication. Dogs that are spayed as part of the treatment usually do quite well.

Metritis may become chronic and cause infertility in breeding bitches, when ovariohysterectomy is not an option and medical therapy is not properly instituted.

Since metritis is a uterine disease, spaying your dog is the only way to prevent disease.