General information on Galactosis
Galactosis, also known as caked breasts, is a condition in which the milk accumulation in the breast during late pregnancy and lactation increases so much that it causes the breasts to become painful. Female cats have four pairs of breasts from which kittens nurse from. During late pregnancy and lactation it is normal for there to be an extra accumulation of milk in the breasts. However, in normal accumulation quantities, there should be no irritation, hardness, redness, or unusual discharges. In galactosis, the breasts are painful, irritated, hard, and inflamed. In most cases, the affected cat will not experience severe symptoms such as infections. Should the affected cat appear uncomfortable and lick her breasts, then there may be more serious complications. The symptoms of galactosis are similar to the symptoms of a condition called weaning. The main difference between the two conditions is that in galactosis, the female cat has had kittens and in weaning, the female cat has not had kittens.
Symptoms of Galactosis
Some of the symptoms for galactosis may be: painful breasts, irritation of the breasts, inflammation of the breasts, hardness of the breasts, and infection of the breasts.
Treatments for Galactosis
The treatment for galactosis is to apply warm compresses twice per day. Expressing the caked and thick milk from the breasts helps to improve and prevent the condition from returning. Diuretics may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Should the breasts become infected, also known as acute mastitis, antibiotics may be administered.
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