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Livestock => Goats => Topic started by: Penninehillbilly on August 22, 2019, 05:19:49 pm

Title: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on August 22, 2019, 05:19:49 pm
Hi
I have posted the following in sheep but hoping I can get help here as well,
Help please.
Ewe kidded end of April, noticed she had swollen udder a couple of days ago, but her 2yr old daughter chases her away, caught her today. Massive and solid, managed to squeeze some gunk and clear liquid out, but can't shift the main lump.
Seems to be eating and drinking OK
I have Pan & Strep in, would that help or am I too late?
With goats uddermint can be used on some udder problems, would that help?
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Scarlet.Dragon on August 22, 2019, 05:35:48 pm
Is the lamb still feeding from her?

Is the udder hot as well as hard?

Could she have taken a blow to the udder that you're feeling bruising rather than mastitis?

What did the "gunk" look and smell like?

Did you perform a soap test on the output?  If it was mastitic milk, it would have clotted with a small amount of washing up liquid (not lemon).

What's her temperature?

Does she seem to be in pain?

Pen & strep may work if there's an infection, but it'll be useless if she's received a blow and it's bruising...  may be worth giving your vet a call for advice - they don't normally charge for that!

Uddermint is certainly good for improving circulation to the area and I have used it on bruising.  For mastitis it's critical to milk out completely to remove the lumps but you may need to insert tubes for flushing/antibiotics.  Mastitis isn't something to be messing around with if you don't know what you're doing as it could become gangrenous and she may lose the udder or her life as a result.
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on August 22, 2019, 05:58:59 pm
SD, so many questions ?


Not sure if lambs are getting anything from other side, I didn't realise till I caught her, I thought it was both sides she is so big.
Udder not hot.
Gunk is like Cottage cheese and water, no milk as such.
Whole quarter is solid
She doesn't seem in pain untill I try milking her, but she never has liked being handled back end.

Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: roddycm on August 31, 2019, 12:04:48 am
SD, so many questions ?


Not sure if lambs are getting anything from other side, I didn't realise till I caught her, I thought it was both sides she is so big.
Udder not hot.
Gunk is like Cottage cheese and water, no milk as such.
Whole quarter is solid
She doesn't seem in pain untill I try milking her, but she never has liked being handled back end.

What happened in the end? Was she ok, did you just strip it out? Hope all is well!
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on August 31, 2019, 06:37:07 pm
Roddy,  gave her P&S, been stripping her out, lots of lumps there, but not as solid as it was, getting disgusting stuff out, massaging with uddermint, at least I smell minty rather than sheepy when I go in house LOL
She is still eatinging and drinking OK
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on August 31, 2019, 06:44:00 pm
SD, sorry, only just noticed, that was supposed to be a grin after 'so many questions',  I must remember to use the TAS symbols and not the keyboard ones, which seem to turn into question marks.
I have her and her smaller lamb in a small area near the house, still stripping her out, udder not as much pressure there, but far from right., lower part softer but very lumpy round top,
Also a strange sore appeared, started off like an overlap of skin, but gap opened up.
Picture too big to put up until I edit it down..
Edited

Not a sore, more strange little lump showing through skin.
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on August 31, 2019, 07:18:54 pm
Any idea what this is?
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Anke on August 31, 2019, 07:54:37 pm
Sorry can't make out the picture. But whatever the outcome I think she may best not be bred from again. In my experience with sheep and mastitis it won't be a functioning udder next year...
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on September 01, 2019, 03:44:23 am
changed the picture and put it the right way up, sorry Anke, couldn't alter it on the tablet.
I agree, no more breeding, she has reared lambs really well, it will be hard to part with her, but she's 7 years old and may have other problems.
another picture of udder, you can see other teat way up on the left side, that's how swollen it is
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Anke on September 01, 2019, 08:14:36 am
Yep, that doesn't look as if it will sort itself out.
Title: Re: Mastitis
Post by: Penninehillbilly on September 01, 2019, 12:36:23 pm
:'(