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Mastitis in Bitches – Symptoms and Treatment

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❥Mastitis in Bitches – Symptoms and Treatment❥

The canine mastitis is one of the most common diseases affecting lactating bitches who have recently given birth and may even occur in nonpregnant bitches.

For this reason, if we have a dog as a member of the family, it is important to know the symptoms that cause it, the treatment and the care that we must offer to our pet to make the passage of this disease milder. In this AnimalWised article we will delve into mastitis in bitches so that you know what it is and how you should act if your dog is suffering from it right now.

❥What is mastitis?❥

We can call mastitis the infection of the breasts of the bitch that normally occurs during pregnancy and lactation. The main cause is the lowering of the defenses that the mother suffers after giving birth to her puppies.

This lack of defenses causes germs called staphylococci to settle in the mother’s milk and from there pass to the breasts, producing a painful infection for our dog.

In many cases when puppies suckle they instinctively push the breasts with their paws to extract the milk, thus scratching their mother’s nipple with their sharp nails. It is at that moment when mastitis can occur, which if not treated correctly can end up affecting the puppies. Milk becomes toxic for them, and can even end their life.

❥Canine mastitis symptoms❥

Knowing how to identify the symptoms of mastitis in our dog is essential to start treatment as soon as possible, alleviate her discomfort and save the lives of small newborns.

If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from mastitis, pay attention to the first of the symptoms of this serious disease, which is the lack of appetite in the affected dog . This lack of appetite, in addition to causing the consequent weight loss in your dog, also makes her sad and listless, conditions that could be confused with the typical symptoms of depression.

The symptoms of mastitis in the bitch are:

  • Pus discharge
  • Bloody discharge
  • Swelling
  • Irritability
  • Signs of pain
  • Irritated breasts
  • Reddened breasts
  • Bumps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discomfort
  • Fever
  • Apathy
  • Increased heart rate
  • High temperature

Although all these symptoms together are proof that our bitch suffers from canine mastitis, pain in the nipples is undoubtedly the clearest indication and at the same time the most dangerous, since the bitch may stop feeding the puppies.

In addition, another serious consequence is the toxicity of the mother’s milk that can cause poisoning in puppies, the appearance of tumors in the breasts and even the death of newborn dogs.

❥Treatment of mastitis in bitches❥

If you have the slightest suspicion that your dog is suffering from canine mastitis, the first action will be to go to the trusted veterinarian for a physical examination, a blood test and a bacterial culture.

The treatment to follow is the administration of antibiotics to fight the infection and the application of hot water compresses that improve the condition of the breasts.

Failure to receive adequate veterinary treatment can lead, in an extreme case, to the removal of the affected breasts and artificial feeding of the puppies, which is a costly process (in terms of time and effort) on the part of the owner.

❥Canine mastitis prevention❥

We must be clear as an advanced society of the 21st century that using our dog to breed is a bad practice. Diseases such as mastitis or others reflect that this process must be carried out by qualified people and approved centers such as breeders. Additionally, the disproportionate number of dogs (including puppies) in millions of shelters around the world makes parenting an insensitive and irresponsible act.

To adequately prevent the appearance of canine mastitis due to infectious, prasitic or bacterial causes, it is important to clean the bitch’s breasts with moist gauze regularly. Check the mother’s nipples daily and carefully trim the puppies’ nails to avoid scratches in this delicate area

This article is merely informative, at AnimalWised.com we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or perform any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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