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Our dog can no longer feed her puppies. Will she continue to

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Our dog can no longer feed her puppies. Will she continue to produce milk when she hears them cry?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. There may be a little hormonal surge from hearing them cry, but it shouldn't really affect milk production too much. If they are not nursing anymore, she should still dry up. It is the suckling action that causes the body to produce more hormones that stimulates milk production. I would monitor her mammary glands daily to make sure they are not getting very hard, painful, discolored or have an abnormal discharge. If there is a lot of milk in the mammary glands right now, it may need to be manually expressed out with a warm wash cloth, so she doesn't get an infection. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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