Mastitis causes infection of the breast, and subsequently swelling and inflammation. It is a common ailment in pregnant and nursing dogs. Most veterinarians recommend antibiotics and other medicinal remedies to treat mastitis, but you may consider natural and home remedies to treat the condition. If your dog has a fever, consult a veterinarian for advice before relying completely on natural remedies. If your dog is not recovering on her own, consult a veterinarian to determine what steps to take.
Natural Remedies for Mastitis in Dogs
The breasts and nipples themselves need to treatment, since mastitis involves swelling and irritation that can be troublesome to the dog. Topical treatments should include natural pain-relieving ointments, topical wound cleaners and wound-healing enhancers. Any soothing remedy that you can apply at this time is useful in reducing the pain and discomfort that the mastitis causes, including warm compresses to sooth the dry, cracked and irritated skin. Options include homemade remedies such as a St. John's wort tincture or commercially available options such as a natural cortisone spray, which can be found in most pet supply stores. Apply these sprays, salves and ointments directly to the affected area to alleviate pain and discomfort.
Hydration and Electrolytes
Proper hydration through water and electrolytes helps your dog heal. Supportive care is an important part of naturally remedying mastitis in your dog, which means making sure she receives the proper amount of food and water. If your dog does not receive at minimum amount of basic care, the healing process will slow down significantly and secondary infections may occur.
Give your dog time to heal. Wean the puppies early so that the dog's mammary glands will dry up and help the healing process. Consider supplemental feeding for the puppies as a compromise to early weaning as it will give the dog a break and put less stress on her healing breasts.