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A female who has just given birth can easily contract the disease called canine mastitis, a disease that is anything but rare but which can be recognized and treated. Let's find out the most common symptoms and possible treatments, assuming that the best and right thing is to contact a veterinarian to guarantee our dog the best possible care.
Canine mastitis: what it is
This very common dog disease strikes females who have just given birth, who are breastfeeding but can also reach specimens that have not been pregnant. If we have a dog with us in the family, whether she has a litter or not, she is at risk of mastitis and it is better to read up to be ready to recognize her immediately to treat and avoid our dog from unnecessary suffering.
This disease is nothing more than abreast infection of the dog most of the time caused by a general lowering of the defenses. In mothers it can be due to childbirth but in female dogs that are not pregnant, this condition can be there for many other reasons and mastitis can still occur.
Canine mastitis: causes
When our immune defenses are loweredBeyond the reason, we more easily become victims of diseases and infections. The same happens to dogs that in this case are attacked by germs, called staphylococci, capable of entering their mother's milk and reaching the udders where they cause a painful infection.
In female dogs that have just given birth, it can happen that their puppies unintentionally cause mastitis. This is because when they try to get milk, by instinct, they push their mother's breasts with their paws to let out the milk. It may happen that with the nails they cause small scratches on an area where the skin is particularly delicate and this can lead to an infection. It is very important to recognize and treat it immediately, also to prevent the milk from becoming toxic, creating serious health problems for the puppies themselves, even fatal.
Canine mastitis: symptoms
The time has come to know and learn to recognize the symptoms of mastitis, the first step to then treat her by identifying the best treatment to relieve pain and at the same time save the life of the puppies if the sick dog is a mother.
The first symptom to observe is undoubtedly theloss of appetite: a dog that does not eat willingly must always be watched carefully because it is not natural for this to happen. In addition to the lack of appetite, we can also register sadness and inertia.
A depressed dog he doesn't necessarily have mastitis, though. There are more typical signs we need to spot. Vomiting and diarrhea, for example, an increase in heart rate and temperature, fever and apathy, severe pain in the nipples and general irritability
Canine mastitis: consequences
One of first consequences serious of this disease is linked to pain in the nipples, a symptom that can lead the mother to stop breastfeeding with a great risk of death for the little ones who cannot find how to feed. Always puppies can take a big risk because of the can milk toxicity produced in the presence of mastitis which can cause them to become intoxicated, causing breast tumors and even the death of newborn dogs.
Canine mastitis: cures
If we suspect that our dog has contracted the mastitis, let's take it without hesitation to the vet for a checkup. Better a false alarm than neglected mastitis. Specific analyzes will be needed to investigate and ascertain whether it is seriously mastitis or something else.
As a rule, if mastitis is found, treatment is based on antibiotics, essential to fight infection. They will need to be accompanied by warm water compresses to be applied to the breasts to relieve pain.
If we do not intervene in time, these treatments may be useless and the vet may be forced to remove the affected breasts. THE puppies in this way they can no longer be breastfed by their mother but they will avoid ingesting toxic milk and can be artificially fed until weaning. Let's save their lives and they will grow up just the same.
Canine mastitis: prevention
Some simple tricks can remove the risk of mastitis, let's try to put them into practice since prevention is better than cure. We start cleaning regularly the breasts and nipples to make parasitic or bacterial infections unlikely by using wet wipes. If the dog is nursing, we check every day that the puppies have not accidentally scratched her breasts with their claws in the heat of getting more milk faster.
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