Asking for a friend - CAE hard udder

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by NigerianDwarfOwner707, May 21, 2020.

  1. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    A friend of mine has a goat who recently tested CAE positive, kidded (kids were separated and bottle fed) is now separate from herd but is dealing with tons of hard lumps/masses in her udder. She is still producing some milk, but her udder is just incredibly hard.

    This is not my area of expertise.

    Any and all suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    I am so sorry about your friend... I also don't have any suggestions. Maybe massage the udder with a heating pad applied? that is more for udder congestion from colostrum, but its all I got...
     

  3. 21goaties

    21goaties Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2018
    Southern GA
    Does the goat have a fever and is the udder hot?

    From here: http://tennesseemeatgoats.com/MeatGoatMania/March2013/

    "A mastitic udder is hot, swollen, and hard and can be but certainly is not always a symptom of Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis (CAE). . . ( If the udder is hard and cold, it is dead and nothing can be done to fix it.)"
     
  4. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I don’t believe there is active mastitis, fever heat etc.

    She is considering a mammary removal.
     
  5. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    Has the milk been tested for mastitis?
     
  6. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    How many times has she freshened? If this is not her first freshening,, is this her first congested udder?
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Having a vet look at the situation is wise.
     
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  8. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    US
    My CAE+ does have that chronic congestion/hardness/lumpyness as well. There really isn't much you can do other than massage her udder some and do your best. It's just a side effect of CAE.
     
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  9. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Not first freshening and not first congestion. She will not be freshened after this, obviously.
     
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  10. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Ok..that was my thinking..if she's freshened before with no congestion. I too would work in drying her up and retiring her.
     
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  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California