Today is the time to get to know the canine mastitis. It is one of the most common diseases that can affect both lactating, freshly born or even, while pregnant women.
A few days ago I published a post on how to feed a dog after childbirth, and I want to continue along this line so that you take care and protect the well-being of your dear life partner.
It is important that if you live with a dog, you are aware of the symptoms, the treatment and the way to prevent canine mastitis
It is your responsibility to know what this disease consists of and to know how to proceed if your pet suffers from it.
What is canine mastitis and why it is
It is the infection of the breasts of the dog, which usually occurs during pregnancy and lactation. The reason is the lowering of the defenses that the mother suffers after giving birth to her puppies.
On many occasions when babies suck, they instinctively push their breasts with their legs to stimulate milk leakage, scratching the nipple with their nails. It is at that moment when the canine mastitis. If it is not treated immediately it can end up affecting the puppies. Milk becomes toxic and your life could be in danger.
Identify the symptoms of canine mastitis
Knowing how to detect the signs of this disease is essential To start treatment as soon as possible, relieve your pain and save the lives of newborns.
If you think your pet may be suffering canine mastitis, look closely at the first of the symptoms: loss of dog's appetite. In addition to causing weight loss, you will be more sad and apathetic, features that can be confused with depression.
Signs of mastitis:
- Pus secretion
- Irritated and reddened breasts
- Increased heart rate
- High temperature
- Bloody secretion
- Signs of pain
All these symptoms are a reliable proof that your dog suffers from this ailment. Despite this, It is important to note that the most obvious indication that you suffer from canine mastitis is nipple pain, and at the same time, it is the most alarming signal, because at that point it can stop feeding the newborns. Another important consequence is the toxicity of milk that can intoxicate puppies, the appearance of breast lumps and even the death of babies.
Treatment and prevention of canine mastitis
If you suspect that your life partner is suffering from this health problem, the first thing you should do is go to your trusted veterinarian to have a Complete physical exam, which includes blood tests and a bacterial culture.
Tusual treatment is with antibiotics to fight the infection. Besides the local application of hot water compresses to relieve pain and improve the condition of the breasts.
If your dog does not receive medical attention, in extreme case pI hated to suffer the removal of the affected breasts and have to resort to artificial feeding for newborns. All this can involve a lot of effort and time for you. So, be responsible and take action right away by going to the vet.
From the point of view of prevention, here I will be more than clear. I am totally against animal husbandry. Many of these cases are the result of the exploitation of the reproductive capacity of females, in illegal hatcheries (and some legal, too).
In another post I commented on the importance of adopting an animal, instead of buying. We must end the scourge of abandonment, abuse, animal exploitation … making decisions that have as priority animal welfare, their rights as sentient beings. All this without forgetting the number of animals in shelters waiting for an opportunity. Day by day, Parenting in a home is selfish, insensitive and irresponsible. Diseases such as canine mastitis They are a reflection of the reality that animals live today.
That said, to prevent the onset of this disease due to infectious, parasitic or bacterial causes, it is important clean the breasts of your dog with wet gauze frequently. Watch your nipples daily and carefully trim babies' nails to avoid scratches in that sensitive area.
I want to remind you that this post is merely informative. I recommend that you go with your dog to the veterinarian for professional advice.
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