well I got home last night and went straight out (almost) to visit the 3 goatlike creatures. Much to my horror, Whisper and Harmony both had abcesses! Harmony's was only a very tiny one, but Whisper's was at least the size of a dime if not a bit bigger. I had vaccinated them 2 weeks previously using a new sterile needle (something I rarely do!) and I spoke to the vet on the telephone and he thinks that this is where the abcesses came from. Harmony's is pink and bare of hair with just a small gooey bit - I sprayed it with antibiotic spray and let it be. Whissy's, on the other hand, was all gooey and with a big clump of hair and lump in the middle. At the vet's instructions I cleaned it out with salt water - and the whole lump came away like a plug. Underneath it was a hole with red and grey and white knobbly bits. I got it as clean as possible, sprayed the area with antibiotic spray and then gave her an injection of 2ccs penicillin and 2ccs streptomycin. Harmony's abcess today: Whisper's abcess today: Whissy's one is amazingly better, it's scabbing up and the yellow stuff is the antibiotic spray I think. *sighs of relief* if anyone has any suggestions on after care for abcesses... I've never had one before!!!!!!!