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The goats my dh and neighbor just bought at auction weren't in the best of health to begin with but one of them had a lump on her udder. I went out there with gloved hands and tried mushing it around to see if it was hard or soft or what. It popped and gunk came out. The gunk is sortof solid and it is whitish, yellowish. Not a lot of it. I squished it into a tissue and put it in a baggie. The abcess didn't drain after that, it just kinda sealed over. I went back out there with gauze and ointment and covered it. It was already sealed over by then. It didn't dribble out or run out it was thick and solid and had to pushed out. Is this CL or just some kind of abcess?? I thought maybe it might just an abcess, but I found two scars on her jaw that makes me think it's CL.
Anybody have any suggestions? I will get the gunk tested, but I need to know where and how much. It might be cheaper to shoot her.
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There is a lab that I use to run all of my bloodwork out of Texas. It is $6.00 per test. And you can run up to 6 tests per tube. For a CL test and they run blood on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like the name of it, I can give it to you. There is alot of WONDERFUL information on the web about CL - but until it is confirmed I would not have that goat anywhere near your other goats or where your other goats will be unless you want to clean the heck out of that area.
 

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No it isn't anywhere near my other goats. I would love the name of the lab that does your tests. Is CL contagious all the time or only when an abcess bursts? If only when an abcess bursts, how long do you keep them quarantined each time?
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Absolutely, unless you can confirm with blood tests DO NOT put here with your healthy goats, as since this has opened you run the risk of it spreading if it is CL. Take a syringe ful of peroxide and flush the hole out, be sure to catch the run off into a throw away container as you do not want to contaminate the area, you will need to do this daily so that it heals...the fact that you found scars on her jaw do indicate previous abcesses. They are contagious when the lumps burst, so if you have it tested and it comes back positive, IMO , I'm sorry to say that I would cull her. I was in a similar situation 2 years ago and was forced to make the decision on keeping my herd healthy or culling the goat in question. IAf they also have internal abcesses, which of course you would not know this, and they burst it is possible that it can be spread through coughing and sneezing.
 

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yes the only way to spread CL is through the gunk HOWEVER it can live in the ground, on fences and so on!

The name of the lab is:

Pan American Vet Labs

pavlab.com

Robert L. Glass

800 856 9655

Mr. Bob is AWESOME!!! But there is a trick to shipping - so PM me privately! I learned the hard way and I would hate to see someone else have to wait like I did! Mr Bob will even Email you the results the day that he runs them if you ask him to.

I had a scare a couple weeks ago that I thought that a couple does that I purchased had CL - that is how I became so edumacated! LOL!

Also, CL can be internally, so alot of times when kids are born to a CL doe, the kids are pulled and bottle fed because their COULD be an internal abcess not able to be seen on the outside and then the kids are tested no earlier then 6 moths to see if they are positive for the virus or not.

Hope this helps
 

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Ms. Rose,

Unfortunately I do not feel comfortable posting the info on the forum as anyone can see it, member or not. If you would like info on mailing samples in and my experience with doing so I would be happy to send the info to you in an email since you can not pm as of yet.

Thank you for understanding.

Allison
 
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