Originally Posted by Sally's Mom
I know nothing about this breeder, my comments are directed to the pyometra discussion. Pyometra occurs when the uterus has been primed by the estrogen release in estrus followed by the release of progesterone. At a meeting that I went to, the repro vet said it was also more common in a uterus with endometrial hyperplasia and/or uterine cysts. Ironically, I heard of a golden breeder in this area that has brought a number of bitches into a local animal hospital with pyometra(a vet tech told me and probably shouldn't have), so it got me to thinking if there was some hereditary link. Recently we spayed a ten month old golden with a pyometra. She had the most unusual uterine pathology that I have seen in a young dog. So,we sent it in for histopathology as a professional interest, sure enough, it was pyometra with endometrial hyperplasia and (infected) endometritis. In 26.5 years as a vet, I have never seen Pyo in a bitch that young. And yes, after a bitch has a Pyo, you need to breed,on the next heat. The conditions that caused the Pyo in the first place are still present with each subsequent heat. I am going to a Continuing Education in January, given by Dr. Hutchinson, the repro guru, and I will see what he has to say about that and hydrops.
I would be interested in what you find out I ahve read alot by Hutch... I had a friend years ago whose young bitch pyo'd after her first heat cycle... she was crushed as this was a lovely show prospect and was her first show bitch...
as far as it being genetic... I have wondered about this... Meghan pyo'd (open) at 6 and was spayed... my Shalva (her daughter) also pyo'd at the same age (closed, we almost lost her).... Pyo's scare me to death I would love to see data on this do many daughters pyo at the same age as their mothers... it would be interesting to see