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  • Joined Jul 2012
swollen jaw
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:52:37 pm »
Hi my 4 year old female boer seems absolutely normal and eating well but yesterday saw that one side of her face was slightly swollen around her jaw area.  Felt inside (carefully!) and couldnt feel anything and she didnt react.  I always panic and think the worst - CLA - but am trying to just wait, watch and see for a while.  It doesnt feel like an actual lump - just a little swollen.  Do you think just wait for a few more days?  I always seem to worry at the slightest thing with my goats - I suppose thats goats for you! ...


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: swollen jaw
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015, 03:32:33 pm »
If she is eating, drinking and generally acting her normal self I would wait and keep an eye on her. Check that the lump is not getting any bigger hard or hot. But if no change in a while, I would check out the possibility of anything more serious.

Given that AN's are prone to salivary gland lumps, maybe some Boers are too?


  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Conwy Valley
Re: swollen jaw
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2015, 11:07:05 pm »
Does the lump sit sideways or downwards on the jaw?
If it is sideways you should check if it's a pocket of food kept in the cheek. I have a Soay ewe that does that often (but not always). Took me a couple of months including a vet visit to figure out it was 'just' retained feed and not bottle jaw.
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  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: swollen jaw
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2015, 12:59:31 pm »
I've a pony chipmunk!  I have to clear his cheeks twice a day.  IHe's well into his 20s now, we live with it and it doesn't seem to bother him most of the time.  If you point at his mouth he'll open up to let you stick your finger in and clear it for him!
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  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: swollen jaw
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 01:16:59 pm »
Do they have access to hedges.
I had a dairy goat with a swollen jaw that localised into a more definite lump and then gradually cleared.
She had a scratch inside her mouth probably from some haw or blackthorn.


  • Joined Jul 2012
Re: swollen jaw
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2015, 08:26:58 am »
The lump eventually had a little abscess on it and when I gave several prods a bit of sharp hay or similar poked out through the cheek!!  Now all back to normal.  Thank you for advice.


  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: swollen jaw
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2015, 12:09:46 pm »
Just watch for it recurring, my girl had to have ab's, (but it wasn't the virus CLE? they can get), she did rub her chin a lot on a wood partition. I was told to bathe it with hot water, poor girl hated it (obviously), but as i turned to refresh the cloth it burst, I could smell it before I turned back to her, cleared up after that.


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