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Mastitis in Dogs

Pregnant dog suffering from Mastitis


Overview


Mastitis in dogs is an inflammation and infection of the mammary glands. If it is localized to one gland, the bitch may show no signs of illness. If it spreads throughout the mammary gland, she may show signs of illness. The mammary glands should be checked daily for signs of warmth, pain, or hardness.

Milk from each nipple needs to be checked daily for color and consistency. Milk from glands with mastitis may be off-color and clumping. She may have a fever and refuse to allow the pups to nurse. Diagnosis is made on a physical exam.


Treatment


Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and may include antibiotics, hot packing the affected glands, and milking out the affected glands. Puppies can continue to nurse from the affected gland if the milk remains normal.


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