I've a 10 month old GSD as part of the pack. We nearly lost her on Tuesday. She's recently had her first season, which I thought lasted a bit longer than usual but she had no funny discharge or anything else amis though.
Anyway, after this she seemed a bit off her normal bouncy self, so I thought I'd worm her but for the past week she'd been getting steadily worse. I then thought maybe it's the worming tablets that upset her as she's had no other obvious symptoms, just not herself.
This Tuesday I took them for their usual walk and noticed flies taking an unusual interest in her! I couldn't get home quick enough then and got her into the vets straight away. The vet knew what it was almost immediately and after a brief ultrasound scan confirmed it as a "Closed Pyometra" which is pretty damn nasty and really unusual in such a young dog.
They operated on her that evening and gave her a full hysterectomy. Her uterus had burst and she was in a right state but the operation went well. The vet said she wouldn't have lasted another day with the blood poisoning. I collected her an hour later, as they had no one to nurse her overnight. She'd be better off in her own home anyway. I stayed up with her and kipped on the sofa.
48 hours later and she's almost her own cheeky, bouncy, self again! The hardest job is keeping her quiet to keep her stitches intact!
I'll never cease to be amazed at the recuperative powers of an animal, I'd have been on my back and milking it for weeks after such a major op!
Anyway, fingers crossed for her!
Oops, maybe this should have gone in "vets corner", sorry!