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6/18/2008 7:12:19 PM
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<!--ToastEdit--><font face="Verdana" size="2" color="Black"><FONT face=Verdana color=black size=2>I have a cocker, AKC registared who is about 5 years old.  She has had 2 litters of pups.  Both litters many of the puppies died.  Vet thought it was a genetic reason.  Needles to say, no more pups.  However, the last time she came into heat her teets swelled like they normally do.  But, she ended up with what looks like a clogged mammary gland.  She never seemed in pain so we just assumed that it would resove on its own.  We just had her hair cut a day or so ago and I noticed just how large it was.  Prob. about 2 cm in diameter.  She also has lumps near another one, but it is not so obvious, but is very lumpy and spread out over a larger area.  Anyone have any info?  Thanks in advance for any info that anyone has.  MJ</FONT></font>
6/19/2008 12:55:37 PM
Posts: 409
Mastitis (infection in the gland) is generally painful to the bitch. Have her checked by your vet. If it is mastitis, she needs to be in medication or things can get very ugly.

Intact bitches have a greater occurance of cancer in the mammary glands. It might be a good idea to spay her to lessen the risk.
6/23/2008 4:40:27 AM
Posts: 137
<!--ToastEdit--><font face="Verdana" size="2" color="Black"><P>Swelling after a heat, or false pregnancy should be gone 3-4 weeks after.. so with harder more spread out swelling.. blocked mamory gland is not likely..</P>
<P>Just curious? Did you ever have her tested for Brucelosos????? This causes late term abortion and dead pups? Herpes, Mycoplasma? e-coli.. any test run on her or her dead puppies to determine the cause????? could be the source of other systemic ilness in her.. and now causing problems.. </P>
<P>unfortunaly.. Lumps like you describe are very likely some sort of tumors.. sorry but intact dogs are at risk.. so ideally she should have been spayed when she was no longer being bred.. but any type of mamory mass or swelling in a older intact dog is cause for IMMEDIATE concern!!!.. </P>
<P>Time to the vet.. have them examined..  they may be able to take a fine needle aspriate and have a pathologist determine what they are.. a infection or tumor or in cases of tumors what type of tumor they are.. chances are high that she will need surgery to have them removed for propper diagnosis...and spayed at the same time.. because most are hormone related.. </P>
<P>If you are lucky they will be a benign mixed mamory type tumor.. or scar tissue, or infection.. and not one of the more nasty cancerous types of mamory cancer..  </P>
<P>Good luck.. </P>
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