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Old 12-18-2008, 07:33 AM   #1
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My mom noticed that while milking Jenna this afternoon, there was a hard puffy sore on the left side of her udder, she had been lifting her leg up when we milked that side..
I got a flashlight and we found a small round scab in the middle. There seems to be nothing wrong with the milk and we have still been drinking it.. It is warmer than normal on the sore. A couple weeks before I found a sore w/ a scab on Lolli Pop's udder around in the same spot as Jenna's, but the sore spot was minimal and healed back soon after.

We have not noticed any different in anything aside from the sores.. I am thinking they ran into something inside the barn but I can't figure out what at all.. Back in August, Libby developed a large abscess on her check, and the vet said she probably got something pricked in it and her body was trying to get rid of it. Could it be similar?

Does anyone have any recomendations as to what to put on it? Any ideas what it could be?



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Old 12-18-2008, 09:34 AM   #2
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With open or scabby sores on udders I use aloe vera (fresh when I have some, gel from the chemist when I'm running low). I get this a fair bit with over eager kids biting at mums teats.

If it is more of an abcess, I would treat with antibiotics and when it bursts flush well.



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Old 12-18-2008, 01:57 PM   #3
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ok I'm not really THAT enthusiastic... *coughs* anyway my goat had that... a sore on the side of her udder just where her teat started. It was like a scab and a really hard lump behind it so it made it an extremely slow process milking her out that side as you had to avoid the scab... I had to wean the kids off, too.

Well I took her to the vet, and I also spoke to my friend's mum, and the general consensus was that it was orf. I dont know what you call orf in the states, but if you google it I think you'll find out what it is. It's generally on sheep/goats etc. mouths - and probably Whisper got it on her udder from one or the other of the kids - although I never saw it on their mouths. I have had lambs with it in the past - and in fact contracted it myself once.

There is a vaccine for orf, and also the treatment I was told to do was to apply strong iodine (I used 10%) to that spot every day. I put iodine on after milking twice daily, and it slowly healed and the lump broke away over the course of the next couple/few weeks. It was a slow process but it DID heal. Do try to make sure only to get the iodine on the affected spot - as the guy who minds the goats when I'm not there was fairly liberal with the iodine and messed up her skin on her hind leg and udder from its - I dunno I guess caustic? properties.

It killed the orf though

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Old 12-18-2008, 02:04 PM   #4
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orf is called sore mouth here and honestly I dont think that is what it is. Sore mouth is very nasty and spreads like crazy.

Sores can happen from a variety of things. How big is the spot?

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it didnt spread from my doe - but Amos says he has 2 does with it

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I do not think it is an orf, because its not on her teat, it is on the upper under side of her udder, I needed a flashlight to look at it because its covered with hair (and I'm not shaving her in this weather). It is the size of.. um maybe like the bottom of the average water bottle? Thats all I can think of to compare it to.. the scab is just the size of maybe a pea?

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it could still be sore mouth.. either way i would clean it with iodine...

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Maybe I should clean up what I meant as 'sore'. It isn't like chapped skin or raw skin, its like if you bumped your head and its sore and there is a lump; does that make sense? But it is a swelled spot..

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ok considering it is a larger raised area with a small scabby bit on it, I'm more inclined to think it was an abcess, and the scab is where it burst. If that was the case, and if it was me, I'd probably pull the scab off and see if I could get more gunge out of it (disgusting, I know) and flush it out really well with saline and then treat with some A/B

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splinter ? ...infection being warm

I hate to say this but...to me ...it sounds like Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) if you keep getting multiple break outs ....with other does ...and you've had one with a lump on her check..... it sounds like there lympnode area's... that is where CL thrives....very contagious..if it pops it spreads to other goats ...if they come in contact with it....through a cut......... I feel so sorry for you.if it is. The only way to know... is have the puss tested....



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