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I just went out to milk and my 6yr old ND dwarf doe is showing signs of being in heat and is bleeding from her vulva. She was due to come into heat any day now but I don't understand why the blood is there.
She was last in heat 10/5/20 but to my knowledge wasn't bred. She was supposed to be bred to my buck that just passed away last week but he wouldn't breed her. I did have my older buck jump the fence 2 days prior to her coming into heat but when I found him he was no where near her and there was no discharge on her tail or vulva.
The only thing that has changed was I brought my older buck and put him with my other buck who's recovering from anemia and pneumonia. They are staying in what use to be my kidding pen which is located in my doe barn.
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I'm thinking one of the bucks was successful but she is aborting. Im sorry..there is nothing you can do to stop it but supportive care. B complex and keep watch.
 

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Agreed, unless you see a cut or injury somewhere.
I looked and couldn't find any cuts. Would it be random for her to abort right as she should be coming into heat? And is it normal for a doe to bleed that much at only 3 weeks bred?
She is still acting like she is in heat and is staying right next to the pen the bucks are in but neither are showing any interest in her. If she is aborting when should I start watching for her to come into heat again?
 

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I agree that seems like alot of blood for 3 weeks in..unless there is a chance she bred earlier.? Goats can be so sneaky. Aborting can bring on raging heat cycle. I would let her rest at least 6 weeks before breeding again or at least skip one heat cycle not including how she acts right now
 

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Blood happens with aborting, sometimes, it is just a little and other times it can be more. Depends ion the doe.


I would at least skip her next heat cycle or so and not breed her then.
She needs time to clean out and to be able to watch for any infection.
 

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Update:
This doe has not come into heat again since this incident on 10/28. She has started gaining a lot weight, especially on the right side of her abdomen. Her diet hasn’t changed and she is only on free choice Coastal Bermuda hay. I went ahead and ran a pregnancy test 12/4 and it was negative. The blood sample had been lost in mail for 2 weeks though. This doe is known to carry kids in both uterine horns, so I thought she might of possibly only aborted kids from 1/2 of the horns. I went ahead and placed her with a buck 12/4. She is still with him but since day one neither has showed interest in each other and there are no signs that she has came into heat or bred.
 

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Should I do an ultrasound on her? She would be about 12 weeks along if the buck bred her on 10/5. I thought about doing another pregnancy test in case the first one was a false negative, but with mail taking so long to deliver I'm hesitant to send bloodwork off.
One other possibility is a cloudburst pregnancy. I had a doe test positive then delivered nothing but fluid she'd aborted but her body continued on like she was pregnant. No heats and she even had a small udder at the end. Id test her I haven't noticed the mail being that slow I just mailed in blood it actually got there 2 days earlier than it was suppose to.
 

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Well its sounds like you are getting a wee one. Thats wonderful. With all the crazy things goats do...I am so thrilled you are getting great results!
 

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Good news!! Happy for her and you!!
 

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Well this has been a crazy pregnancy for sure. Congratulations. I hope it’s a beautiful little doe from the buck you lost and she’s the jewel of your herd. I can’t wait to see pictures after a textbook smooth kidding.
 
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