How to Dry up a Dog’s Milk

How can I reduce my dog’s lactation? Most female dogs slowly wean as the puppies move to solid food, and the glands respond to the back pressure by producing less milk. Taking the female away is not an issue – she dries up and the glands suck up against the body again. However, in heavy milkers, it can sometimes be difficult for the glands to dry up.

Dry Up Dog’s Breast Milk: Medical Treatment

So how can I dry up my dog’s milk? Glands that won’t stop producing become painful and if we are not careful, mastitis sets in. In severe cases, prescription drug therapy (Cabergoline 1.5-5.0 µg/kg/day divided BID) may be indicated to reduce lactation. Cabergoline will block prolactin in order to stop milk production.

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How to Help a Mom Dog Dry Up Milk: Homeopathic Treatment

Cabbage leaves can be used, after rinsing with water, to soothe painful glands. Cutting mom’s food and water by half for two days can help reduce lactation before returning to a full diet. You may need to milk her out by hand, but only when it’s needed to prevent infection from setting in.

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Article originally written by Donald Bramlage, DVM, Revival’s Former Director of Veterinary Services. This article has been updated/reviewed by Dr. Greer.

Written by: Marty Greer, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.

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