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Old July 30th, 2010, 07:46 AM
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My 1 1/2 year old pit bull has weaned her 6 week old puppies but her teets are so full and starting to get hard. I've tried letting the puppies drink from her but she throws a fit. What can I do to help her?
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Old July 30th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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Have you spoken to your vet or breeding mentor yet? Those would be the best places to start. We are almost all pro s/n neuter on this board and have no experience with those issues.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 09:58 AM
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kia198200, what I do here if that happens is I take a hand towel and soak it in hot water, then wring it out and wait until it is warm, not hot enough to burn, (test it against your face)and drape it over the effected teats. You may need someone to hold your girl until she realises it will bring some relief. I keep doing that until the water in the bowl is too cool to be of use, but I also repeat that whole procedure a few times per day, until the teats are soft again. It doesn't take long. I don't let the pups drink off her if this has happened to the mother, and at that age they should be weaned totally anyway. Only telling you this in case you couldn't get her to your vet. Good luck. Oh, be gentle too, she would be very sore.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:19 PM
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Dont let the pups drink from her, she may also have an infection called mastitis in which case the pups would be ingesting it.
Please have her seen by a vet.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:59 PM
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That's why I said not to let the pups drink, erykah1310, just in case, but the immediate problem IMO is to give her some relief and soften her teats. I've never had one go on to mastitis. I think good mothers, especially with demanding pups, go on producing milk but of course get fed up with biting, scratching puppies by that stage. If they refuse to feed them, this is what happens. kia198200 could try stripping a tiny bit of milk out manually once she's not so tight and sore and she/he would know if it looks normal. Wonder what size litter it is? It's okay to run to vets, but breeders do learn to take care of some things themselves.
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