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    My GSD had a health litter of 9 pups. She did amazingly well feeding them the first 3 weeks then slowed down only really feeding at night so I introduced softened puppy food which they did real well with. Now at 5 weeks old mommy refuses to feed at all, she nips at them if they go near her to feed but she wants to be near them.

    One of her teets has dried up completely bet the rest are engorged, look black and blue. I am trying to expressing milk from them, just enough to relieve any pain but having no luck. They feel very hard. I dont want mastitis to kick in. I have an appt with the vet in 2 weeks.

    Please any advice.

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    Re: engorged teets

    The puppies will be getting their teeth in so it probably hurts when they nurse, also have you trimmed their nails? You just have to take the sharp hooked ends of them. I don't think I would wait two weeks to take her to the Vet if they are really engorged and hard as at that stage they probably hurt too much for her to let them nurse. Warm compresses will help relieve her a bit but she should go to the Vet now.

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    Yes I have trimmed their nails recently. I tried today putting just one puppy to her and she was a little reluctant but she allowed it to nurse, emptying 2 teats. Going to be hard to get another puppy to nurse from different ones. How long does it generally take for her milk to dry up, since they nurse so seldom?

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    If I were concerned about mastitis, I wouldn't wait two weeks for the scheduled vet appointment. If they are hard, I'd be getting her in right away. Just to be on the safe side.

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    Re: engorged teets

    Quote Originally Posted by Pawzk9 View Post
    If I were concerned about mastitis, I wouldn't wait two weeks for the scheduled vet appointment. If they are hard, I'd be getting her in right away. Just to be on the safe side.
    This and I wouldn't let the puppies nurse if there is any chance the dams teets are infected, you can end up with seriously ill puppies.


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    Re: engorged teets

    I let 3 puppies on her one at a time. Not enough to empty her but enough to soften the teats and ease her pain. Its been a few days now and they are not engorged again so I think we are safe, there are no signs of mastitis. One teat has completely dried up already and hopefully the rest will dry up on their own in a few more days.

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