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The problem with older dogs not being spayed is they can develop pyometra which often owners think is just a heat cycle that came a little early. Pyometra generally occurs 60-70 days after a heat cycle. It is usually seen in older unspayed females but can be seen in any age. It is diagnosed by ultrasound showing fluid in the uterus. There are two types of Pyometra (open and closed cervix) Symptoms of open cervix Pyometra are a vaginal discharge that may be pus or bloody, lethargy, anorexia, increased thirst and urination, vomiting and diarrhea, and abdominal swelling though the dog remains fairly healthy due to the infection draining from the body. Closed cervix Pyometra symptoms are the same without much of a discharge, they appear very ill, there is usually weight loss and abdominal swelling and is much more extreme. Dehydration, shock and death can occur if not treated aggressively.
You do not mention any of these symptoms, but I do want you to be aware of them since open pyometra can lead to weight loss while your dog remains fairly healthy. Now there is a condition called uterine or vaginal prolapse. When this occurs. you will often see a tongue shaped or roundish piece of tissue protruding from the vulva. Additional symptoms are licking of the vulva, painful urination and not allowing breeding. If your dog can still urinate, it is not generally an emergency, but your dog should see the vet as soon as possible. If your dog can not urinate, then she needs to see the Vet immediately. You can read about this here:
With the weight loss, I would not wait too long to have her seen. Treatment for pyometra is usually emergency spaying. The sooner it is caught the higher the chance she will survive surgery. If it is caught very early antibiotics MIGHT help though often spaying is still necessary.
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