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Is Charlie still eating?
Yes, if you have a thermometer please take the temp.
That's spot -on normal. If too high, she could have an abscess brewing which the antibiotics are not controlling. If too low she could be going into shock, or be low on blood sugar or dehydrated.
Mammary infections usually brew like an abscess and burst out in a spectacular crater which looks very alarming, but I assure you they are better off this way rather than being contained and having the infection spread internally.
Yes, perfect. You have done the right thing. You can use boiled and cooled salt water to swab out the wound once or twice daily, then re-bandage with fresh material. Each time you do this you will be removing dead flesh which will help prevent sepsis. I know it looks horrible but they are not painful.
Are there any normal glands left?
Yes, leave the nipples exposed so the kittens can keep suckling. This will keep them happy and her too. Are you all set up with artificial milk for after the op? I assume your vet is going to do a 'mammary strip' which removes all tissue.
Ok, I see they're 1 month old so by Thursday the weaning won't be too abrupt. Did your vet tell you to keep her separate from them?
Good. We sometimes tell clients not not bandage infected glands as it may hold in infection. In my opinion you seem pretty switched on about cleaning and re-bandaging twice daily so in this case I would advise you do so, especially as it means you can reunite her with the kittens, reducing her stress levels and yours!
Understood. Rest assured you are doing well with her.
Ok. I would monitor her temp twice daily, and phone your vet if it strays outside 37.5 - 39 C. Also if her appetite or drinking habits change, or if she starts vomiting. If you're worried, your vet may elect to have her in for treatment or bring forward the surgery. They are unlikely to just send you home if she starts getting ill.
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