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Old 09-29-2008, 10:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Drying up your bitch

Does anyone have any good tips for helping to dry up the bitch after whelping? In this case, it is Diva and of course, she was unable to wean her puppy. Usually with a singleton you have the problem of the bitch not producing milk, but she did and now I have a bitch who is not only crazy for her missing baby but also still producing milk. I am very afraid of a mastitis or something else terrible happening.
I asked the vet about medications to help dry her up, but they said to just cut her food and protein level back, which we have done.
Also,any tips to help her get over this? We left the whelping box down for a day thinking she might have an easier time if everything didn't just suddenly disappear. Now, everything is put away, but she still searches for him and is just terribly depressed.
I have put her back to work, but can only work her so much to keep her distracted. I have been taking her everywhere as well, trying to keep her away from here so much.
What else can I do to help her?
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard parsley can work wonders, but I'm not positive. Hope someone else chimes in!
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, this won't do anything for the psychological aspect, but I've known many folks to use raw cabbage on the teats, to help take down the inflammation/milk production.

Of course, I think I killed another thread by suggesting this, and I know it sounds "out there," but there really is an enzyme in the cabbage that helps. I've seen several vets get enthusiastic about this, having seen the results.

You can lightly food process the cabbage, then make a sort of poultice/mash and vet wrap it under her belly.

As to the rest, oof, sorry, I know not, but it must be miserable to see her upset like that.
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Urtica Urens 6X several times a day will help reduce the milk flow.
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I have heard from several (gracieface is one) that Parsley helps. One was to chop up raw and put in food, the the other was to boil in water, strain and mix in food.
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Parsley & stewed tomatoes.....limit water, and decrease food. Going back to work may be a good idea, lots of exercise will make her burn more calories, and with decreased food should help the process. I always put them on an antibiotic,amoxicillin, if having problems also, just to cover the bases.
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I have had good luck with parsley, just chopped up fresh stuff and mix it well into the food, be generous, as much as she will tolerate (it does give off a strong smell when chopped). someone else told me that she gets her girls dried up by making them fast for a day- I can't do that to my girl but if it helps....
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I don't know if your vet is a large animal vet or just small.. But there are shots to make cattle dry up and I know my vet has used them on dogs before when the litter was lost. And yes parsley helps, I have used it multiple times for false preg. when my bitch has gotten milk. Best of luck
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I've heard you can also use the dried stuff. It doesn't smell as strongly or have a weird texture and is easier to "hide." I would just make peanut butter and raw beef balls with it, but that's how I hide everything.
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