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Old 11-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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One of my pregnant does has had a mucus-y looking vaginal discharge for a couple of weeks now. The other does don't have it. She is most definitely bred, so it's not from going into heat again. It's sort of an off-white color which is yellowish when it dries, and thick and sticky...it sticks to the underside of her tail and I have to keep washing it off. It isn't a ton of goo, but it worries me. She has no other signs of illness--temperature is normal and she eats/drinks/goes to the bathroom normally. She is active and playful and seems healthy other than the discharge. We don't know exactly when this one was bred, she is probably between 2 and 4 months pregnant, when I feel her underside/right side I can feel the kid(s) in there, and the last couple of days I think I have even felt them squirming around a little.

Any ideas on what's going on? Could this be an infection? We don't have a vet around here who knows anything about goats, and it would be way too expensive right now for me to try taking her to a vet that might just send her home because they don't know what it is and give me a bill anyway--we had one do that this summer when one of my does bloated. I can give her some antibiotics at home if she needs them; I just don't want to give anything that is unnecessary. Would antibiotics be unsafe on a pregnant goat? I've got injectable penicillin and also oral nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim available if I need to give her some. I don't want to lose this girl, she's my favorite!



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Old 11-18-2009, 11:33 PM   #2
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sounds like it could be the plug coming out, that usually happens around a month before kidding..



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If she is later in her pregnancy... the discharge sounds normal....how is her udder development?
If she has no temp... acting.... eating normal.....and the discharge doesn't have alot of blood or bad odor ....I think ...it is perfectly normal......I have had some of my does....in the later part of pregnancy ... have a messy tail....from a discharge..... keep an eye on her....if she stops eating or acts lethargic.....I would be concerned.... Happy kidding....

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Nope, no bad smell or blood.

She has a little bit of udder formation (she's a first freshener). I guess we're looking at kid (s) in another month or so then? That's faster than I expected, wow! How exciting!

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She has a little bit of udder formation (she's a first freshener). I guess we're looking at kid (s) in another month or so then? That's faster than I expected, wow! How exciting!
Yep sounds like within the month she is going to kid.......now is a good time to give her a CD& T tetnus toxoid shot..... Happy kidding...
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Totally normal...I've seen that type of discharge on my girls at all stages of pregnancy and they've not been sick either.
First timers usually will start an udder at around 3-4 months of pregnancy with the most growth occurring in the last 6 weeks.

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:05 AM   #7
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discharge during pregnancy is nothing to worry about - unless like stated it smells bad or is bloody.

a plug can be lost as early as a month before kidding or as late as a day before kidding.

I would assume her to be closer to kidding then not and watch her in this next month and especially that udder. It will grow tight suddenly and you will be amazed how big it can get like over night.

Now she could still have further to go -- but being on the look out for the udder development is the best way to tell at this point.

She is more then likey 3-4 months pregnant at this time

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:27 AM   #8
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I'll go to the feed store and get her shot then! I wasn't expecting any kids before end of January, I'll have to get the kidding stall and everything ready for her.

This is my second time kidding (This goat was actually my first kid, born this spring) and my first time dealing with pregnant goats. We bought this doe's dam 10 days before she kidded, so we did not get to go through the whole pregnancy. Bonnie's dam's udder grew pretty much overnight; the morning of the day she kidded I remember commenting that if it got any bigger I thought it would explode!

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oh wow then she must have gotten pregnant pretty young

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WOW so when was she born? It sounds like she was born and going to kid all in the same year. I would do everything you passably can to be with her. She is not big enough to really have the strength to be in labor for a while or to push for long. She is still a baby herself. Good Luck. Keep us posted.

Can you post a picture of her?



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