I had a lady contact me a week ago about a pygmy doe that she has. This doe is approx. 5yrs old never been bred, but she says that the doe goes through a false pregancy every year. This doe has really bad mastitis, hard to the touch, very swollen, almost dragging the ground. I tried to milk it out but it is just so hard and compacted. I advised her to put hot compresses on the bag for ten minutes, then massage the whole bag with peppermint oil lotion, and give a tablespoon of apple cider vinager every day. In a week we would see if it had loosened up enough to milk, if not off to the vet she would go. She called stating that the bag now has a finger size hole in the side, it is just clear liquid coming out. I am thinking it is an abcess that the hot compress brought to the surface. Does anyone have any ideals or thoughts on this and what we could be doing different to help loosen the mastitis enough to milk out?