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Concern About A Nursing Mother

morris
November 21st, 2007, 02:24 AM
I have a female Miniature Long Hair Dachshund "Sammy" that
is 15 months old.
She had three puppies 5 weeks ago,
(Thanks to my Sister-in-law visiting and bringing her unneutered PUPPY)
Sammy has decided to stop nursing them. That is OK for the puppies
because they will eat solid food.
My concern is Sammy's milk glands have become very large, red and hot.
She doesn't seem to feel bad.
I took her to the vet yesterday who said there was a risk of infection
and I should cut back on her food and water.

My questions are does that sound right, should I be very worried
and is there any thing else I should do?
I'm sure most of you can relate, my dogs are like my children.
I have never had a nursing mother before, This is all new to me.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Winston
November 21st, 2007, 07:17 PM
Sorry but I hope your already at the vet! We cannot diagnose here...Surely you have a mentor or a breeder helping with the pregnancy! can they help?

Cindy

badger
November 21st, 2007, 08:00 PM
Cut back on her food and water? What was his explanation for that? It sounds like she's engorged, her milk ducts are still producing and nothing is being drawn off. Is it a sure thing that she won't nurse them?
I don't think much of your vet, find another one. And I'd call around to your local animal rescues and see if you can find someone with some real, hands-on knowledge.
Hope everything works out.

Love4himies
November 22nd, 2007, 07:26 AM
I have a female Miniature Long Hair Dachshund "Sammy" that
is 15 months old.
She had three puppies 5 weeks ago,
(Thanks to my Sister-in-law visiting and bringing her unneutered PUPPY)


Why wasn't your 15 month old female spayed????

Milk production needs to be cut back or there is high risk of infection. This should be done by cutting back food/water and slowly weaning the puppies. If she won't nurse, you need to find another vet who has experience with nursing dogs.

morris
November 23rd, 2007, 11:05 AM
Thanks for everyones concern.
She nursed a little yesterday.
Today her milk glands look a lot better,
They shrank about a third in size and most of the redness and
heat is going away.

Contacted the breeder and she said she had never had that problem.
Contacted another Vet. and was told basically the same thing
the first Vet. had said.
Is it a sure thing that she won't nurse them?
When they try she snarls at them and runs away.
Why wasn't your 15 month old female spayed????
Was about to have that done when she became pregnant.

Thanks All
I'll let you know how she does.

CearaQC
November 23rd, 2007, 11:15 AM
Puppy nails can also irritate mom. Puppies do a combination head-butt and cat-style kneading around the nipple area, at least that's what I'm observing with the puppies from the rescue dog I got this month.

If nails are too sharp/long, mom might also refuse to nurse from that. That and teeth.

Love4himies
November 23rd, 2007, 11:22 AM
Momma may be trying to wean them on her own. Normally this starts about
4-5 weeks old. Meaning she will dictate when she will allow them to eat and in between her nursings they should be getting a watered down high quality puppy food.

morris
November 24th, 2007, 12:08 PM
I should have mentioned I have been keeping there
nails cliped since the first week because they
kept getting hung in there blanket.
Her milk glands continue to look better each day.