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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog gave birth two weeks ago, so she landed up in vet on

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hi, my dog gave birth two weeks ago, so she landed up in vet on a drip because of no calcium, so the vet said that the pups must be bottle fed. since they don't drink on her for the past 3 days her "Nippels and the milk veels rock hard, is this normal? (sack of milk that is hard ?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: wapsie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: well she was healthy during pregnancy her self. im just worried the hardness is not normal
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Wapsie. Puppies may need to be removed for just 24-36 hours to reduce maternal calcium loss through lactation; only if recurrence of eclampsia occurs is removing puppies permanently justified. Recurrence can be avoided with oral calcium replacement therapy with 10 mg per pound of body weight of calicum carbonate every 8 hours. Calcium carbonate antacid tablets available over the counter (e.g., Titralac, Tums) typically contain 500-700 mg calcium carbonate per tablet. Vitamin D3 supplementation aids calcium absorption. Using a typical over the counter product dosing is 25 IU per pound of body weight daily.

Her glands are distended with milk causing that hardness. It's expected if the pups aren't removing the milk. Puppies can be fed milk replacer every other day to decrease lactation demand on Wapsie until weaning at 3 weeks of age. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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