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Swollen Mammary Gland

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 27 September 2007 07:36PM | viewed 5888 times
Q Analisa asks:

My cat is very healthy, never had any medical problems. She had a litter when she was 2 and is still intact. She is strictly indoor only. She is not showing any signs of illness or discomfort. But one of her mammary glands (left 3) is swollen and hard. She lets me touch it without any discomfort. There is no bruising or oozing or redness, and it is not hot to the touch. She lets me milk out some clear fluid, which decreases the hardness and size of swelling, but after a few days to a week, it looks the same size as before. The gland does not distend from her body, it is just hard and lumpy (like cottage cheese). What could this be?

Q Our vet says: Always take swollen mammary glands and lumps in this area very seriously indeed. This is because there is always the possibility of this being a mammary tumour. Mammary tumours can be quite aggressive and may spread locally and to other parts of the body (such as the lungs) quite quickly. Often the prognosis can be poor in such cases but if the problem is diagnosed and treated promptly this can improve the outcome.

Obviously there are other problems which can cause this type of appearance- such things include cysts, abscesses and mastitis. However I would be rather concerned about your cat and I recommend you get your cat seen by your own vet as soon as you can.

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On 10 May 2009 10:30PM Isabella added the following:
is my cat pregnant she always loves to be fussed but recently dosent. and has completely gone off her food also she nevber comes inside anymore where as she usually never goes out often?

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