Q. Our pug just had a litter of pups but they all died. What do we do about our dam still lactating?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. First off I am very sorry to hear that none of her puppies survived. I know how devastating this can be for you and the mom.
There are several things we can do to help decrease lactation.
1) Decrease the food and water by 1/4th each, especially taking her off of puppy food and back on adult food.
2) Removing any toys around that she could potentially rub up on and could stimulate milk letdown
3) Making sure you yourself don't touch the teats as this can stimulate milk let down as well (this can be accomplished by placing a t-shirt on her so that there is no skin to skin contact with the teats)
4) In rare instances if the glands still continue to lactate say after 7-14 days and seem to be really bothering the pet or potential mastitis issues, then I recommend seeking veterinary attention and they may end up prescribing a drug called carbergoline to dry up the teats. However this is rarely needed
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. You do not need to do anything but monitor her mammary glands for heat, discoloration, redness and pain. Over a few days the should stop lactating as the pressure of the milk will destroy the lactating glands, which is normal. If any redness, pain or discoloration occurs, or bleeding from the teats, then you need to take her to the vet who will need to check for mastitis. She should also stop having a discharge after about 7 to 10 days after giving birth. Since all the puppies died, there is a possibility that your dog had a uterine infection and therefore it is advisable to have her checked out by the vet to make sure she is ok.