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Old 06-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default hard, swollen teat and udder in 4 month old.

Last night I noticed my 4 month old Boer doeling has a hard, red, swollen teat and half of her udder. It is so hard it doesn't compress at all. It is 2-3 times the size of the other side. It doesn't feel hot and she does not have a temp. I put warm compresses on it for about 20 minutes. It must be sore because she lifts her leg up when I touch it and when I put the compresses on it.

I don't think she had it the night before because we had her out brushing her and working her for 4H.

She has never been in heat that I have seen and is in with all does except two 5 week old bucklings.

Should I give penicillin or something else? I plan to keep her to breed and don't want her udder damaged, plus I don't want her in pain. She seems fine otherwise.

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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Sounds more like an injury to me. Do you have horned goats? Do you test for cl?



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She is in a pen with her two siblings who are disbudded. I can't find any injury at all. Not even a bee sting...
No, she has not been tested, but her dam was before I got her last August and so was her sire.

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Can you post as picture of it? Poor girls it sounds like it really hurts.

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I would say either you have a sucker on your hands (can happen) or injury like a bite, bruise, etc. Chances are it's not mastitis, but that can happen as well. Try squeezing her teat. If you can express anything at all, I would infuse one tube of Tomorrow and leave it be. Compresses and peppermint oil would be on the agenda.

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could be a precocious udder ....A bit young but could happen...I would leave it alone...keep a close eye on her...
watch her temp
watch for uncomfortable walking
off feed
watch for it to be hot and painful
Hot compresses wont hurt but personally I wouldnt try tomilk it..you open the teat up and bacteria can enter in...

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Agree with happybleats. I would leave it and just watch her really close. Her temp is important. Hope she's feeling better soon.

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No, you can't compress the udder or teat at all. It is as hard as this keyboard I am typing on. She didn't have a fever last night or this morning. I will try to get a pic when I get home. It got dark on me last night before I could get one. She does seem to be in pain. When I try to touch it, she really flinches. She always liked belly rubs prior to this, so I know it must be painful.

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The teat is definitely not open either. I couldn't even find an opening.
Would a precocious udder be one sided and so hard?



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