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Sorry for a long post, I feel overwhelmed and without resources, I have a first time freshening Saanen doe with mastitis. I raised goats for years when I was younger and am getting back into it now though this is the first time I’m dealing with mastitis.
She’s been to the vet three days ago and has since been given three doses of Banamine. One of Excede. And four doses of Today. The first dose of today was inexpertly given and not all the dose was inserted. The second one the kids got on her and nursed before we could stop it. Since then we separated the kids for at least two hours after Today injections.
we have tried massaging and milking out as much as possible. The bag is hard. Not hot or discolored anymore. But there is hardly anything coming when milked. I get one or two squirts then nothing till she’s massaged again for a while. She is eating and drinking. A little less alert than normal perhaps but mostly seems well in herself. The hard udder worries me and I’m afraid I’m not doing all I can for her but I just don’t know. I’ve called the vet again and they just said more time has to pass before they can prescribe more.
Thank you for any advice.
 

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Catch two. Meds need to be messaged in and left 12 hours.. BUT congestion needs to be dealt with every few hours. So when you go out. Bring with you a thermos of hot water..(not too too hot) pour some on a rag, cool it enough not to burn her then wrap on udder and massage the udder well...knead, milk, repeat. Do it until your arms feel like they will fall off. Infuse her and use Elmer's glue or teat tape to seal the teat. In 12 hours do it all again. Elmer's glue will soak right off. Keep kids off her while you are doing infusing. There is a product called MastoBlast that is very helpful. I also feed 30 cc or so of her own milk from effected side as long as the milk is not gross. This helps her body detect bacteria and make antibodies to help fight against the infection. If milk is clean..looks healthy, but udder is just hard..this is when we do every few hours of hot Compresses, massage, knead, milk, repeat. Kids being on mom at this point helps. Peppermint balm helps as well. Good luck. It can be a lot of work
 

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High doses of vitamin C and several cloves of garlic a day may be helpful. I have made my own balm by putting tea tree and peppermint oils into Bag Balm and massaging that into the udder. It really helps with congestion. You want to put enough oil in that you can smell it, but not enough to burn the skin. You can rub some into the inside of your wrist or another sensitive area of skin to a sure it won't burn before applying it to the udder.
I have never dealt with a very severe case of mastitis before, but have had success with Today udder infusions and Pen G. It can take a long time to completely clear. I think Excede is stronger than Penicillin, and it is considered a long acting antibiotic. You may need to get another shot of it from your vet, or get some other antibiotic, to get her completely cleared up. It might be good to do another round of udder infusions, as it sounds like your first round may not have had a chance to be fully effective. If you can't get Today from your vet, you might be able to find it at Tractor Supply or your local feed store.
 
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