My question is about severe mastitis but not in a human, it's in my dog. My question should apply to any mammal though. the back two mammary glands are severely infected. I wanted to know if removal of the infected tissue increases the patients chance for survival. She has been on IV and antibiotics for the last 3 days. Her skin is now split and open. does this mean she is going down hill or a normal recoverable part of the disease process. I have tried to get answers from the vet but because I'm financially strapped, they answer me with short answers and are acting insulted that the word cost even came out of my mouth. If surgery isn't very helpful I won't put her through it but if it can drastically change her situation for the better I would try to see If I could get the money depending on the expense. Sorry for the question in this forum. I don't mean to offend anyone but I'm desperate. Again sorry and thanks for any help.