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.
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.
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
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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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.