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My dog has been suffering with a false pregnancy for 4

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My dog has been suffering with a false pregnancy for 4 weeks. We went to the vets initially we she had a swollen mammory the size of a satsuma, the lump has become hard and red and the size of a large grapefruit. She is lathargic and anxious which I understand are normal symptoms however I am worried about the lump as she can barely walk downstairs and can’t even lie down properly. Is there anything I can do to help her or do we need to go back the vets?

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Although uncommon, infection of an engorged mammary gland (mastitis) secondary to pseudopregnancy does occur and that inflamed lump should be considered to represent a mastitis unless proven otherwise. Please let her vet know what you're seeing. I suspect that you'll be asked to return her to be rechecked. A systemic antibiotic that penetrates well into the mammary gland will likely be prescribed and surgical lancing and flushing of an abscess may be necessary if it's clear to the vet that an abscess had formed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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