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Just noticed this tonight



Didn't see it yesterday.

I have 2 goats. Both from the same breeder, and both now 3 years old.

If this was CL, can it just appear from "nowhere" ?

I'm reading about draining the abcess, but long term, what happens? Is it only contagious when there is something like this visible?

I am ultra bummed.

edit: I drained this. The pus seemed to have hair in it, almost like it was more of an ingrown hair/sebum thing. Is that possible? I didn't notice any smell to it at all, either.
 

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We had a goat that had CL and it was a "toothpaste" type cream that came out of the abcess as described on many websites I looked at. We got rid of that goat and my 5 others have had no issues!
bentmettle said:
Just noticed this tonight



Didn't see it yesterday.

I have 2 goats. Both from the same breeder, and both now 3 years old.

If this was CL, can it just appear from "nowhere" ?

I'm reading about draining the abcess, but long term, what happens? Is it only contagious when there is something like this visible?

I am ultra bummed.

edit: I drained this. The pus seemed to have hair in it, almost like it was more of an ingrown hair/sebum thing. Is that possible? I didn't notice any smell to it at all, either.
 

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I do have a goat that gets a staph infection every spring and has weird abcesses with hair grown into them with a ***** substance. I have found that vetericyn spray I got at my feed store works VERY well on them among other skin irritants.

salmonfisher77 said:
We had a goat that had CL and it was a "toothpaste" type cream that came out of the abcess as described on many websites I looked at. We got rid of that goat and my 5 others have had no issues!
bentmettle said:
Just noticed this tonight



Didn't see it yesterday.

I have 2 goats. Both from the same breeder, and both now 3 years old.

If this was CL, can it just appear from "nowhere" ?

I'm reading about draining the abcess, but long term, what happens? Is it only contagious when there is something like this visible?

I am ultra bummed.

edit: I drained this. The pus seemed to have hair in it, almost like it was more of an ingrown hair/sebum thing. Is that possible? I didn't notice any smell to it at all, either.
 

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I started my goat life working on a commercial farm 20 years ago. Before CL was even really know about. That farm also had that and CAE. So I have seen alot of both. That abscess looks to high on the cheek to be CL. Maybe its just the angle, but it does look to high. A good way to tell if a CL abscess IS really a CL abscess is the smell. When lanced, a CL will not have much of a smell to it. But every other abscess we ever lanced that wasnt CL STUNK! Putrid nasty and rotten are all ways to describe it. CL is a disease of the lymphoid. A normal abscess is an infection. Infections usually stink. A blood test will confirm for sure though.
 
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