What it is: The uterus in a female pet becomes infected.
Who it affects: Adult cats and more often dogs.
Possible symptoms: Pets suffering from an infection may have vaginal discharge and an insatiable thirst, and as a result they may have to be let out more often. As the illness progresses, your pet may have a loss of appetite and vomit frequently.
Treatment: Your veterinarian will surgically remove the animal’s ovaries and uterus and prescribe antibiotics to prevent subsequent infection.
Prevention: Because a spayed dog or cat has her uterus removed, she cannot develop the disease.