General information on Galactostasis
Galactostasis, also known as caked breasts, is a condition in which the breasts accumulate too much milk during late pregnancy and lactation causing an inflammatory reaction. The teats become warm and distended as well as painful. In most cases of galactostasis, the affected dog has no infections and is otherwise appears healthy. Galactostasis may be seen during weaning and pseudopregnancy and when the litter of puppies is too small due to the fact that there are no puppies to remove the milk.
Symptoms of Galactostasis
Some of the symptoms of galactostasis may be: swelling of the breasts, distended breasts, warm teats, redness, discharge from the breasts, and pain.
Treatments for Galactostasis
The treatment for galactostasis is to first withhold food and water. Food should be withheld for twenty-four hours and then restricted for the next three days. Water should be withheld for ten hours. A veterinarian may also prescribe diuretics. Should a pseudopregnancy be the cause of the galactostasis, a veterinarian may also prescribe a tranquilizer to help prevent the affected dog form stimulating the teats as well as implementing a hormone therapy to dry out the breasts.
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