Eclampsia in lactating female dogs is a health condition in which the doggie suffers from a dangerous drop in blood calcium levels. And this could be due to either a hormonal deficiency of the parathyroid gland, the demands of milk production or inadequate feeding during pregnancy.
A female dog suffering from Eclampsia usually exhibits restless behavior, mild or severe tremors, weakness, excessive salivation, fever, and disorientation among others.
Eclampsia typically develops in lactating dams a few weeks after giving birth, and if left untreated, can lead to seizures, coma, and ultimately, death.
Mastitis is an infection of the mammary glands that is prevalent among pregnant and nursing female dogs. This infection usually occurs as a result of milk accumulation or a bacterial infection, and results in the inflammation of the mammary glands located in the dam’s breasts.
Observable symptoms of mastitis in female dogs include swollen breasts and teats, discolored breasts, bloody milk, vomiting, lethargy and failure of the puppies to gain weight, just to mention a few.
Other Health Issues
Other health conditions that can cause problems for a pregnant doggie include haemorrhaging during delivery, metritis, gestational diabetes, placenta retention and failure to deliver all the pups at once.
What Happens When A Dog Has Too Many Litters?
Apart from the health conditions listed above, inappropriate breeding practices also play a major role in reducing a female dog’s quality of life. And one of such practices is overbreeding a dam.
Overbreeding, in this context, refers to the production of more litters than a dam can physically handle.
Overbreeding can subsequently put a dam in danger of suffering from physical challenges such as joint problems, respiratory issues and birthing difficulties – all of which can combine to shorten a dog’s life.