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My 9 yr old Staffin cross is loosing weight off her food suddenly

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My 9 yr old Staffin cross is loosing weight off her food suddenly seeming weak n slow n leaking brown fluid even after her period shud have stopped and every now n then her breathing goes hard n fast can u help?
I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about your 9-year-old Staffie cross. I'm so sorry she's having trouble, but I'm really glad you're looking for the information you need.
The symptoms you are describing sound very much like a life-threatening veterinary emergency known as pyometra. You will need to get her to an emergency vet as soon as possible to pursue this. I'm happy to give you more information on pyometra, but I wanted to get this bit of information off to you as quickly as possible.
I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news, and we can always hope it turns out to be something else, but this really, really sounds like a pyometra.
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While it's important to emphasize that we cannot diagnose online, the symptoms you are describing are so typical for a pyometra that most vets would consider her to have a pyometra until proven otherwise.
This is a life-threatening infection of the uterus and treatment is an emergency surgery to remove the infected uterus along with the ovaries.
Typical diagnostic testing includes a physical exam, blood tests, and radiographs.
Most dogs with a pyometra are also sick enough to warrant time in the hospital on IV fluids and antibiotics. The surgery is much more risky and involved than a routine spay on a young, healthy animal, and the chance for complications is also higher.
Again, I'm really sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
You can learn more about pyometra on this website...
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