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Did she have any puppies recently?
Do you know how long ago she had her last heat cycle?
Are the swollen glands firm, or soft?
Are they painful?
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Chances are that mammary glands have milk production. She may be going through a false pregnancy, where the body thinks they are pregnant but really not. It happens fairly often in dogs. You can try expressing down on the teat to see if any milk comes out. My other concern, especially if she is older (I forgot to ask her age), is if there are mammary tumors. Dogs don't often get cysts in the mammary glands, but that is also possible. Lastly, an infection in the mammary glands can occur (called mastitis). Usually the mammary gland is red, discolored, hot to the touch and often painful with mastitis, so that most likely isn't the case. I think it would be a good idea to have your vet check this out to make sure that it isn't a mass in the mammary glands. More than likely it is milk production, but I would play it on the safe side because that can even turn into an infection if it is excessive and no puppies to nurse. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was following up to see how Molly is doing and to see if you have any further questions.