How do I know if my dog has mastitis?
- Swollen or discolored breasts.
- Inflamed, swollen, or red teats.
- Ulcerated breasts.
- Mammary glands that feel hot to the touch.
- Blood or pus in milk or seeping from teats.
- Painful breasts.
- Loss of appetite.
Can a dog survive mastitis? Mastitis in dogs is not as common as in other species, such as cattle, but if left unchecked, the condition can lead to life-threatening consequences. To ensure the health of nursing dogs, breeders should be aware of the signs and management options.
Can you treat mastitis in dogs at home? If the infection is mild, early treatment at home will help reduce pain. For example, you can apply warm compresses to the mammary glands. For warm compresses, you can use cabbage leaves or towels. When your dog lactates, the teats flush out bacteria with the milk.
Should I take my dog to the vet for mastitis? Dogs, females and males, can develop mastitis when not pregnant or nursing pups. If this is the case, your dog will need to see your veterinarian immediately. Mastitis that is occurring in a dog that is not nursing puppies can be caused by cancer of the mammary glands and needs urgent attention.