Dog with Tender, Warm and Enlarged Teat Is Having Difficulty Urinating
by Robin P.
(Reno. NV. USA)
I noticed an enlarged teat (left side closest to hind leg) on my dog in November when we were taking her to the vet frequently for anal gland infections. The vet attributed it to her hormones after her cycle. She had another cycle in April and since then the teat has enlarged approx 2 1/2 x 1inches. 2 weeks ago it was red warm and tender.
She was put on antibiotics for 10days. Redness and warmth reduced but size increased.
We returned to the vet yesterday. She has been having difficulty urinating. I was concerned she had a UTI because I had been giving her warm sit baths because she didn't like the warm compresses. There was no urine in her bladder for the vet to check so she was started on a the same antibiotic (Cephalexin 150mg) for 2 weeks. Her anal glands were full and cleaned out.
She has a good appetite and will get up and run across the yard although she does have hesitancy to climb the stairs.
I am concerned the mass could be blocking the bladder flow and maybe it's not a UTI. The mass does seem slightly less aggravated since starting the antibiotics 24 hrs ago.
Could it be mastitis or a mammary carcenoma?
We are concerned a surgical procedure would be more than she could handle and we're looking at alternative treatment options.
She also has allopecia on her lower back and around her neck- just thought more info might help. The vet has checked thyroid and all lab work is great. Vet always attributes issues to hormones.
Our dog is a 13 year old Bichon Frise that has not been spayed.
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