A few months ago, someone decided to abandon a (approximately)ten-year-old, Pygmy-mix Doe in our pasture.
Fortunately, our goats and horses spend their nights locked safe in the barn, so everyone was safely separated.
Her hooves were so overgrown it was difficult for her to walk and she wouldn't let people near her, nearly feral.
She was moved to quarantine and we ran a full blood screening. Weeks passed, all her results came back clean
and the vet gave the newly name Eleanor a clean bill of health. She was quickly and happily integrated into our
tiny family of four(now five) goats.
With much patience, she's not exactly 'friendly,' but she allows us to handle her, when needed. Brushing her one
day, I noticed a small lump on the inside of her back leg. The vet found two more, less obvious, on her belly.
When lanced, the puss was thick, greenish, and had almost no odor.
Our vet explained that, while rare, sometimes the CL tests may give false negatives. He firmly believed that
was the case here and that she did, indeed, have Caseous lymphadenitis.
We insisted the abscesses be tested, despite his certainty of the diagnosis. After all, it wasn't just Ellie's well being
on the line. She'd been turned out with our other goats!
She was stuck back into isolation, of course, while we waited on the results.
For nearly three weeks, we waited. We worried and researched, planning on what would come with the diagnosis, how
the barn and pasture would need to be cared for, what it would mean for all the goats and how we wouldn't be able
to ever add to our little heard.
Yesterday, I got a voice message from our veterinarian. It was NOT CL!
She has a simple bacterial infection that can be easily treated with penicillin. Our veterinarian said he had never seen
a case that so closely resembled Caseous lymphadenitis and that he'd had the test re-run, to make sure.
Ellie was started on penicillin shots this morning and, in two weeks, should be cleared to return to her goat friends.
Our goats remain CL-free. Couldn't be more relieved!