Poor Blaze, the JMS training dog, was a bit off colour this week. Usually a highly enthusiastic fox red lab with a typical lab appetite, she was dull and off her food.
Quick trip to the vet - £70 quid in consultation and antibiotics - reveals that she has pyometra - an infection of the womb.
Short and curlies, she's getting speyed next week and will be out of action for a while. It's great that she is already responding well to the antibiotics and is back on her food. It's less great that the cost of the op shoots from about £250 to £500 since it's an "emergency".
She's worth a lot to me - how many lost deer does it take to recover the cost after all? Had an interesting conversation with the vet about insurance - she was basically giving me a ticking off for not having it. It's well documented elsewhere on SD about the potential problems with working dog insurance.
Anyway, made a couple of calls and apparently it wouldn't make much odds - most insurers apparently take the view that it could have been prevented by having her speyed at an early age.
Might be one for those with entire bitches to watch out for - and check your insurance!