Agalactia, Dysgalactia in Chinchillas
A lack of milk production sometimes occurs in females that have recently given birth. This is more specifically classified into two main types: agalactia, a complete absence of milk secretion; or dysgalactia, an incomplete or improper secretion of milk to meet the needs of the kits. Lack of milk may be due to many causes from nutritional to infectious and it requires proper veterinary attention.
- Insufficient production of milk
- Kits appear malnourished
- Red and swollen mammary glands
- Small and underdeveloped mammary glands
- Age (very young or old)
- Underdeveloped mammary glands
- Infectious causes such as mastitis (inflammation of the mammary glands)
Diagnosis is based on the history provided by the owner as well as the clinical signs exhibited. For example, your veterinarian will suspect this condition if females have not begun to produce adequate milk within 72 hours of giving birth. Blood tests may be necessary if an infectious cause is suspected as the reason for the lack of milk production.
A type of hormone that is released during parturition that aids in the contraction of the uterus and causes milk to be released
An infection of the udder; may be infectious or not
A routine of feeding in which the animal is fed certain amounts of food at certain times of the day
A condition in which an animal fails to nurse after birth of the offspring due to lack of secretion of milk; condition often found in female horses.
The glands in female animals that are used to produce milk; also called the udder or breast