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Hello, At this age, I would be hard pressed to believe there is a concern for mammary cancer. Therefore, a swollen nipple is more likely to be a infected "teat" like having mastitis.
So, if a gland is infected, Chilli, will likely need to go on a course of oral antibiotics and maybe a medicated topical agent as well to get the problem resolved.
The scratching under abdomen all the time is highly suggestive of a concern problem like a environmental allergy (atopy) or food allergy. Of course, fleas are always a consideration if not currently on good flea control. So, with any chronic itching or licking of the body, I always remind clients to keep allergies as a cause in the back of their minds.For some of the other abnormal nipples, especially if it has been that way for that long, it is likely not a problem to be concerned about. But, during examination, make sure the vet feels all of the teats to ensure no other concerns.Dr. Andy