If your dog has one or several swollen nipples and from them you get a yellowish fluid like pus or dark, brown, Coca-Cola color with the appearance of being dried blood, it is possible that it is mastitis. In this situation, you will believe that the best way to proceed is to try to find out how to remove the inflammation of her breasts yourself, but this is a mistake. Mastitis refers to an inflammation of the breast tissue and it produces a lot of pain. Manipulating the area would only make the situation worse.
Mastitis only gets worse, it does not cure itself, and there are no home remedies to treat it. The quick intervention of a veterinarian is needed from the moment we begin to see the discharge. If it is already brown, the situation is already serious. In this article, we are going to talk more about this topic, but we recommend that you do a consultation with our online veterinarians for more information on this question.
What is mastitis and how does it affect my dog's nipple?
The term 'itis' refers to an inflammation; of the breast in this case. It can occur for many reasons, such as when breastfeeding. It can affect both puppies and adult dogs since all have breasts although the first ones do not produce milk yet.
The reasons for the occurrence of mastitis are several: it can occur due to an accumulation of bacteria, because the milk duct has become clogged, or because they have not been emptied properly. This causes swelling, a lot of pain, discomfort, and, sometimes, it can lead to breast cancer. In general, the presence of blood when fluid is expelled can serve as a symptom of this. The blood usually turns brown when it dries.
How does mastitis occur in the nipple?
In all mammals, a curious fact known as psychological pregnancy occurs, and it is especially common in dogs. They are jealous, that is, they go through a phase in which they want to have sex with their male counterparts, get pregnant, and have offspring. Their body is ready for it and in their breasts milk will be produced to feed their puppies.
But what happens then? Whether due to lack of space at home and to live with us as a pet basis, we do not allow them to have offspring or to mate. This causes a mismatch that leads to psychological pregnancy; it's as if their body thought they were pregnant and they get prepared to play their role as mothers, but how? Well, making the breasts produce milk. However, as there is no baby that drinks it, they accumulate and can cause mastitis.
Do I have to empty my dog's nipples if they have milk?
Never do this. What produces the discharge of that milk caused by a psychological pregnancy is not the pressure of the hands, but the very particular form of the babies sucking the nipple. If you squeeze her, you'll hurt her more, so trying to help her in this way is a mistake. You will know that you are dealing with this problem and it hurts because she will lick it.
So, do we have to leave the milk there? Nope. If your dog shows signs of psychological pregnancy, if she changes her behavior during heat, if she becomes overprotective with some object in the house, as if it was her own baby, and begins to secrete a whitish liquid from her breasts, you have to go to the vet.
If you stay with your arms crossed, she will have pain, that liquid can take on yellowish tones and, if it stays too long inside, it can end up causing cancer. As we said at the beginning of the article, these usually manifest with the expulsion of dried brown blood.
Symptoms of cancer due to dog's mastitis
The presence of cancer is fulminating for the mood of a dog. If there is a tumor, they lose their appetite, they lose weight, they get sad, they get apathetic, and they can even hide or get away from you. If she has cancer in her breasts, it is possible that she has a hard area, but this does not mean that you should stop caring if you do not find such area, because that can only mean that you could not find it.
In summary, that brown liquid can be blood that indicates the presence of cancer associated with mastitis or another problem in her breasts. What you have to do is not resort to any home remedy or internet advice and get in touch with our online veterinarians right now. We will recommend you to a good professional and you will solve all your doubts.