Symptoms of Mastitis in Dogs
The most common sign of mastitis in a female or male dog is a swollen breast. This condition typically starts out with inflammation, redness, and pain. Nursing dogs may also be reluctant to feed their puppies due to discomfort, which can prevent puppies from gaining weight at a healthy rate. As the infection in the mammary gland spreads, a dog may become septic if mastitis is not treated. Septic infections can be life-threatening. Vomiting, diarrhea, and even anorexia are typically seen in dogs with more severe cases.
Mammary Glands Feel Hot to the Touch
If you touch your dogs mammary glands, they may feel hot due to inflammation and infection. Belly rubs are not wanted by most dogs with mastitis due to the sensitivity and pain it causes their mammary glands.
Causes of Mastitis
The most common cause of mastitis is trauma to the teat, which can allow bacteria to enter the mammary gland. This condition can also occur simply from too much milk in the gland. Nursing dogs are more likely to develop mastitis because of repeated trauma while feeding puppies.