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Julia1521

  • Joined Jul 2020
Vaccination site reaction/abscess
« on: September 14, 2020, 06:15:49 pm »
Hi guys,

About a month ago I vaccinated my goats with Lambivac. I cleaned the top of the bottle with an alcohol wipe before withdrawing anything, used a new needle for every animal and they were dry and clean when I injected them. A few of them still have hard lumps. I've never had this when injecting wormers. The data sheet said "Vaccination may result in small (<10 cm) transient injection site reactions possibly lasting for up to 3-4 months after vaccination". My question is how do I know if these lumps are indeed just normal injection site reactions or if they are abscesses and need treating. They don't feel warm, they don't seem to have got any bigger and none have burst. But they haven't gone away.

Anyone else see many lumps after vaccinating? I feel bad because I worry it was my injection technique but like I say I've never had any lumps from injecting wormers so I don't know.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Vaccination site reaction/abscess
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 06:34:54 pm »
Yes quite normal, unless they get infected they will go in time. My goats (up to age 2) are boostered every 4 months with Lambivac, so often have more than one lump.


JOhne's vaccine is even worse.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Vaccination site reaction/abscess
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2020, 12:06:02 am »
I'm with Anke, on a 4 monthly vaccination programme there are usually 2 sometimes 3 lumps on mine...at least I can see where I vaccinated them last time to pick a new site!

It's the carrier for the Lambivac vaccination that causes the problem, if you so much as nick the muscle it reacts and it's really difficult not to nick the muscle when doing a S/C on a goat as you can't keep them still when they feel the needle go in.

Don't worry about it, if it's going to cause an abscess you'll find out in due course and can treat it at the time.  I've only had one go that way (and it was a really nasty abscess when it did break).  The vast majority go away eventually on their own.
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