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My dog has a fatty lump near her vulva and near her last nipple.

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My dog has a fatty lump near her vulva and near her last nipple. She had puppies three days ago. I cannot make it to vet until tomorrow. I am really worried. Her nipple is normal, not swollen, very soft and still producing milk, she just started leaking brownish red mucus fluid from her vulva today also.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.

This may be a clogged milk duct but you are right those typically feel firm and the gland is hot and sometimes painful to the dog when that is the problem. You can read about this infection, mastitis here

http://lowchensaustralia.com/breeding/mastitis.htm

 

By your description, another possibility is that this is an inguinal hernia where the abdominal wall has a small tear in it with fat or intestinal material pushing through making a lump. You can read about inguinal hernias here

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&aid=442

 

You need a vet to examine your dog in person. From this new description I'd say an infection was starting in the mamamry gland.

Pups still nurse on infected glands.

 

A brownish discharge from the vulva is normal after birthing pups.

However if it seems smelly and infected then it could be a sign of an infection.

 

You can check your dog's rectal temperature and if its over 103.5F then you do need to see a vet with her. There are no safe meds over the counter to give a nursing dog.

 

If your dog has gums or tongue that look white, blue, gray or yellow tinted where they are normally pink, has a slow color refill if you press on a pink area of gum or tongue, or is becoming lethargic and non responsive to you then you may want to get the dog in to see an emergency vet if one is available in your area.

This site may help you locate one if you need one

http://www.vetlocator.com/hotline.php

 

Hope this helps you!