Mastitis while drying up

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Green Mountain Farm, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Green Mountain Farm

    Green Mountain Farm Active Member

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    Dec 31, 2019
    Virginia
    I have two alpine does I am drying up. I started by milking them half way out twice a day until they were starting to feel a bit more empty each milking. I then went to one milking a day and one of them is not producing much anymore but the other is still producing quite a lot. I never let them get over filled and always put their milk into the same bag to freeze for soap. Today I saw a lot of blood at the bottom of two bags. How does one dry up a goat while trying to fix mastitis? We had a run of it this year and I milked her 3-4 times a day for a few days and she was fine after that. I’ll milk them into two separate pails next milking to figure out who is the culprit but when should I milk them and how often should I milk the one with mastitis?
     

  2. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    You have to treat and get rid of the mastitis before you dry them off. It will come back when they freshen again. Send a milk sample to a lab for culture and sensitivity before putting anyrhing in the udder. Red top blood tibes work for this.
     
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  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    You have to focus on the mastitis problem now, no milk should be left in the udder - Udder should be massaged with lavender and tea tree oil diluted in some coconut oil or olive oil to help relieve pain and tension. A warm epsom salt compress as well as a bentonite clay udder mask (2x daily) will help to draw out toxins. The goat should orally receive a treatment dose of garlic and vitamin c chewables (about 500-1000mg a day).
     
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Blood can be broken capillaries. So now you need to figure out if there is mastitis. If there is mastitis, it needs to be treated.
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  6. Goataddict

    Goataddict Well-Known Member

    450
    Jun 8, 2020
    Abuja, Nigeria
    How is the doe today?

    What was the diagnosis?
     
  7. Green Mountain Farm

    Green Mountain Farm Active Member

    172
    Dec 31, 2019
    Virginia
    She tested negative for mastitis. I milked her three times a day, then two, and then one, and now am almost to every other day and she’s fine!
     
  8. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Glad she is fine
     
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  9. Goataddict

    Goataddict Well-Known Member

    450
    Jun 8, 2020
    Abuja, Nigeria
    So happy to hear it.
     
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  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California