This doeling is due to kid on May 21st, first freshening. The smaller side of the udder seems to feel a little warmer than the larger side....hard to tell, but seems to. Her temp is 103.4 She is eating well and seems active. She had a bad bad upper respiratory cold about 4 weeks ago, bad green boogers, awful cough. We gave her Pen G for that, as per the vet's instructions and she got better. I'd appreciate any advice. We've got the vet coming out later today to check her out, vaccinate 4-H dairy heifer, and look over the new colt.
Anyhow, the video on the doeling is:
The vet did NOT want to try to milk anything out, as that could cause MORE trouble if she had no problem. He said her udder felt soft and pliable on both sides and just to watch her. I mentioned that in a Dairy Goat Journal article, one person had been giving naxcel for the last ten days prior to kidding. He didn't feel that would serve any purpose since it wouldn't get enough meds to the udder. I agreed with him on the NOT milking or messing with the orifices in any way, but I am going to take her temp each day and watch her closely. My daughter has already started bringing her in to the stand each day. Someone mentioned that we should also teat dip her each day...any thoughts on that?
Naxcel, gentamycin and pennicillin (although only gram negative) are the only mastitis meds we really have, so with your vet not knowing even this, I wouldn't take much stock in the rest of his help with this. You have to always remember that unless your vet has been helping a major herd in your area for years, it is unlikely he is doing anything but guessing or using cattle information. And with cows having 4 quarters, whats the loss of one...it's 1/2 your milk in your goat and it's simply unsightly. So make sure when you talk to your vet he isn't just talking about doing something to kill the half, because it can be to them a 'cure'. The problem is, they can then blow out and abscess even in a blind half that infects your herd. It's obviously a problem to be bothering you, you have been around a long time, when it's something that is bothering me I expect my vet who I don't bug for much of anything to take me seriously and run the tests that need to be ran, and look up the drugs that work in goats. Cause I can wait and watch at home without paying a vet bill
Milk her out if you can get anything out of her test it via LSU (the addy is in goatkeeping 101 at dairygoatinfo.com) then treat her before she freshens...especially since most mastitis is so contagious! Vicki
Doe's temp was down to 102.6 this morning. I ordered PIRSUE via Valley Vet and am going to ask my vet to call in the prescriptions today. There are no suckers in the pen, just two lambs who've never been on anything but a bottle, a herd mate that was bottle raised and a bucket calf that was bottle raised. I am out there A LOT and no one even attempts or looks interested. I am wondering if someone stepped on her in the shed during our horrible rainy weather? There are no cuts or anything, but who knows.
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