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female dogs breasts are swollen and hard but she is not pr

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female dogs breasts are swollen and hard but she is not pregnant
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. C replied 8 years ago.
<p>Hi-</p><p> </p><p>How long has this been going on? Females swell when they come into heat, and a lot of that swelling will go down after the cycle, but they will always be larger than originally. The vulva also swells. As for breasts being hard, that usually indicates mammary development under hormonal influence. As long as the hardness doesn't persist, then there probably isn't a problem.</p><p> </p><p>Unless you're going to use this pet for breeding, these hormonal influences can develop into cancer of the breasts as the pet ages. There are also risks of uterine issues.</p><p> </p><p>I hope this is helpful.</p><p> </p><p>Please push ACCEPT and leave positive feedback.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks!</p>
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
3 or4 weeks the breasts being swell hard they have getting bigger. no the vulva is not swell. So your said to take her to the vet.
Expert:  Dr. C replied 8 years ago.
<p>Anything this unusual which has been going on for 3-4 weeks needs to be checked out. Breast hardness isn't normal for this age of a pet.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks!</p>
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