As I posted a couple of weeks ago, one of my does had diarrhea for a day, and we found that the new scrapie tag that was put on when we bought her was a little infected/not healing right. So we treated it, and it was healing, and seemed fine. But she hasn't been right the past few days - and I've been turning the scrapie tag like you would an ear ring and it seemed fine. She's just been soooo out of it and she's had a hoof abscess that we've thought was caused by hoof rot... We put her on penicillin on Friday. Last night I was determined to find out what was keeping her so out of whack. I had my kids hold her and I did a thorough exam on her ear thinking it was still the culprit. And sure enough, it was! Poor, poor girl. I turned the scrapie tag, and gently messed with the area around it, and found it was getting bad AGAIN. I cut that thing off! After cleaning it real good, I used an iodine based wound cleaner <not sure what it's called but it's good stuff>, this is what it looked like: It looks so much better this morning - the hole has already closed up and is starting to heal. I think it was just too tight and couldn't heal completely. And now I am wondering.... I know in horses everything seems to go to their feet when they are sick with infection. Does the same go for goats? Like I remember a horse being extremely sick with an infection, and she developed an abscess in her foot. Could her ear infection have caused her abscess? It just didn't seem like true hoof rot.... Maybe I am wrong in assuming this as a possability, but wouldn't know unless I ask. And now what do I do? If we ever sold her, do I just send her scrapie tag along in a baggie? I am soaking it in cleaner right now so I can put it up. I don't want to put her through that drama again so I wouldn't even consider putting another one on her. At least we can now hopefully get this 'drama' behind us!