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Red has 2 swollen teats, the last 2 near the rear end. She ...

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Red has 2 swollen teats, the last 2 near the rear end. She is about 4 yrs old, never had puppies, last menustral cylce Jan.07. She is acting sluggish and just not herself. Any idea of what could be going on?

Are the two teats hot to the touch?
Are there any lumps you can feel in the breast?
Is there any discharge from the breast?
Is she drinking more and urinating more often?
Any discharge from the vulva?
Any other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea?
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: Breast are warm, not hot, Vomiting 2 nights ago,she does not seem to want to drink water.No discharge that we have seen. She is licking her breast alot and keeps her head snuggled in there on her breast. Thanks
Hi Blm,

If you have the date of her last heat cycle correct, then it shouldn't be due to pregnancy or false pregnancy. However, it is possible that she has developed a breast infection called mastitis. Mastitis is generally first noticed as a swelling and inflammation of the breast. While it is easy to treat, it can be deadly if not treated quickly. Mastitis is caused by bacteria entering the nipple and gaining the upper hand leading to infection which often can enter the blood stream and thus infect other parts of your female. You may notice these additional symptoms depending on how far the infection has spread. They are a rectal temperature higher than 103F, poor appetite, low energy level. Growths could also cause similar symptoms. Your female should be taken to the Vet immediately for treatment. Here is a site on Mastitis:

You can try milking the teat. That is one recommend home treatment. You can also use a cool compress to reduce the swell and heat in the infected teat until you can see the vet. It is important to get her seen as mastitis can be serious.

If she may have been in heat later than you remember, then it may be that she is having a false pregnancy. Dogs that have gone through heat and not been mated will sometimes have the same symptoms as if they did become pregnant including breast enlargement.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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