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Pyometra in Horses and Ruminants

Pyometra is characterized by the accumulation of purulent or mucopurulent exudate in the uterus. In cows, it is invariably accompanied by the persistence of an active corpus luteum and interruption of the estrous cycle. In affected mares, the cervix is often fibrotic, inelastic, affected with transluminal adhesions, or otherwise impaired. Mares may continue to cycle normally, or the cycle may be interrupted. Discharge from the genital tract may be absent or intermittent and corresponding to periods of estrus. Pyometra occurs in small ruminants, swine, and other species; diagnosis is rendered more difficult by their size and management practices. If pyometra is diagnosed, evacuation of the uterus is recommended.

A mare with pyometra discharging pus from her vulva. Courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Lofstedt

Pyometra, mare
As a rule, affected animals do not exhibit any systemic signs of illness, but affected mares may be in poor condition. In both cows and mares, pyometra must be distinguished carefully from pregnancy before treatment is undertaken.

Pyometra cow

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