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My female Lab is 13 years old and has not been mated. Every year in the month of February she lactates and milk flows out of her rear tw breasts which she keeps sucking and self feeds. What is the remedy for this as due to her sucking the breasts have enlarged.Please advise.

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She's is likely to be suffering from some thing called as "Pseudo-pregnancy, or False pregnancy due to the hormonal imbalance. This condition happens soon after finishing the heat. Please check if your pet comes in heat only once a year or twice. There could also be underlying uterine infection as well. It is recommended that you get a abdominal ultrasonography done to rule out any infection in uterus to avoid further complications. This is one of the reason we recommend Neutering and female dogs do not have menopause. Hope this is helpful.
This is not an uncommon condition in dogs. This is a condition of false pregnancy seen just after the estrous or mating period in dogs. Lactation or oozing of milk occurs in this period and it increases with stimulation. So try to put collar around her neck to prevent her from licking. Take the dog for walk during this time or engage her with some other activity to distract her attention form licking. The milk secretion will gradually reduce and the breast size also reduces. If the secretion is more You can try Lasix 20 mg tablet once in day for 2-3 days and observe the dog. The dog will come to normal as the milk secretion come down.
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