Breed risk of pyometra in insured dogs in Sweden

J Vet Intern Med. 2001 Nov-Dec;15(6):530-8. doi: 10.1892/0891-6640(2001)015<0530:bropii>;2.


An animal insurance database containing data on over 200,000 dogs was used to study the occurrence of pyometra with respect to breed and age during 1995 and 1996 in Swedish bitches <10 years of age. A total of 1,803 females in 1995 and 1,754 females in 1996 had claims submitted because of pyometra. Thirty breeds with at least 800 bitches insured each year were studied using univariate and multivariate methods. The crude 12-month risk of pyometra for females <10 years of age was 2.0% (95% confidence interval = 1.9-2.1%) in 1995 and 1.9% (1.8-2.0%) in 1996. The occurrence of pyometra differed with age, breed, and geographic location. The risk of developing pyometra was increased (identified using multivariate models) in rough Collies, Rottweilers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and English Cocker Spaniels compared with baseline (all other breeds, including mixed breed dogs). Breeds with a low risk of developing the disease were Drevers, German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Dachshunds, Dachshunds (normal size), and Swedish Hounds. Survival rates indicate that on average 23-24% of the bitches in the databases will have experienced pyometra by 10 years of age. In the studied breeds, this proportion ranged between 10 and 54%. Pyometra is a clinically relevant problem in intact bitches, and differences related to breed and age should be taken into account in studies of this disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Databases, Factual
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Geography
  • Insurance / statistics & numerical data
  • Pedigree
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Analysis
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Uterine Diseases / epidemiology
  • Uterine Diseases / pathology
  • Uterine Diseases / veterinary*