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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a nursing with very engorged lumpy mammary glands; a

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I have a nursing bitch with very engorged lumpy mammary glands; a few with a bluish hue. She is day 3 post whelping with 7 healthy vigorously nursing puppies. Her milk production appears normal;the glands are not red/inflamed and she is afebrile.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're described a normal variation of lactating mammary glands. If the pups aren't fussing and Lena's milk appears normal (no pus, no blood) you can simply continue to warm compress the "lumps" which are likely to indicate focal areas of galactostasis (milk accumulation/"caking"). These areas do hold a higher risk for bacterial mastitis but that's not a necessary sequela. Keep her glands as clean as possible (mild soap and water/rinsed well). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.