Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:29 am Post subject: How quickly should Galastop work?
Coco's having a phantom pregnancy. (Here's a French lesson for you all - a grossesse nerveuse = phantom pregnancy - I learn a new word every day!!!!) We've been given 5 days supply of Galastop and I wondered how quickly (on average) it should dry up the milk?
You should see an improvement after a weeks course, but then again, you might not!
Anna was in season at Christmas and was producing milk during a phantom which was around the 63 days period after the season. She went onto Gallastop and the outward signs stopped. At the start of May I made arrangments for her to be spayed but the vet found she was still producing milk so she went back onto another high dose of Gallastop for a week. The following week I took her back to the vet but she was STILL producing milk! Of course, now we have Amy around and Anna is all maturnal I dont see a chance of her drying up for the time being so I'm watching her very closely.
Thanks John, I'll keep my eyes open. The vet was not too keen to give it to me as he said it was expensive! I've done a bit of research and it seems to be yet another veterinary medicine that is cheaper here (€32.40).
She's been on it for 4 days now and there's absolutely no sign of the milk stopping and today she seems a bit depressed (tail only wags for food or treats) and is droopy the rest of the time and not her usual bouncy self at all. She is still eating okay and there's no heat around her mammaries but still milk and if I get her ball on a rope out she perks up no end but there's only so many hours in a day I can entertain her in that way! Any thoughts? I'm getting a bit worried.
Sounds very much like a phantom to me Nicola. Anna was very down in the mouth when she has one.
The recomendations are to cut down on both food and drink. The idea being that there is not enough to spare for milk production. Personally I'm not happy with that recomendation, particulaly if the weather is hot as it is around here at the moment! What I will say is that I don't allow what I considder to be more than usual water intake. Maybe thats too half hearted to do much good but thats my approach to the situation.
The really odd thing is that she was alright, moodwise, until last night (4 days into the Galastop). Mind you she had also spent the entire afternoon swimming in our pool (dropping my stolen flipflop in the deep end then diving in the shallow end and swimming to retreive it and repeating the process over and over again.) She's not eating a lot (and I'd feel very guilty cutting back any more as she is very trim at the best of times and a perfect weight - 29.75kilos - as my vet told me) or drinking excessively
It just breaks my heart for see her so down. I'm used to seeing her with her tail up and perky and at the moment it's all droopy and sad. I think I will definitely get her spayed when this is all sorted out.
Thanks so much for you advice and reassurance.
Wet Tail! (I'm not joking! It's something Labradors are susceptible to.)
I've only had it once with Anna but it seems that they literally loose the strength and use in the tail and just cannot hold it up! It will pass in a couple of days, but in the mean time the poor dog really does look miserable! (Mainly due to not being able to wag a normally permanently wagging tail
The poor dog can really look wow-begone! I'm not sure whether the tail muscles feel tender or what but I remember Anna looked really down.
It was mid winter and the shoot we were picking up on was covered in standing water, some of it quite deep. After five or six hours of solid swimming and wading during which time her tail, as usual, never stopped wagging, it stopped in the car coming home and never started again for around 3 days!
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