Uterine infections are serious because there is a chance that the infection will spread to other parts of the body. "Your vet will probably keep a pet with a uterine infection at the hospital and give her intravenous antibiotics," says Dr. Daniel.

Infections in males are generally less serious. Your vet will probably give you a prescription for oral antibiotics, which will clear up the condition in a week or two. For problems with the prostate gland, the simplest solution is to neuter your pet. During the procedure the prostate gland -- as well as the testicles -- are removed.

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