Well, after all the information gathered I decided to go ahead and give the CDT to my pregnant does. I just noticed they both have rather large knots at the injections sites now! I have read that this is common with CDT shots, is this true? Should I be concerned? They did not have lumps there before so I am fairly certain it must be from the CDT injections! Should I be concerned?
Post by angelsprite on Jul 4, 2009 17:03:48 GMT -5
Gorge, Sometimes, using a-septic technique in giving the vaccinations can help to prevent the lumps, or prevent them from being as large, but not always. I consider the lumps to be a small price to pay for peace of mind with my goats, especially the kids. I give mine right across the top of the shoulder blades, so that there is no confusion with abscesses. When I see a lump on the top of the shoulders, I know exactly what it is, so I don't get anxious about it. If you're showing though, you might want to choose a less obvious place.
I gave the injections in the skin on the back of the neck, close to the shoulder blades. I guess I will just watch closely to make sure they aren't abcesses from an infected injection site. I wanted to make sure it was normal for lumps to form after the CDT. I have given them other injections and have never had lumps form likes this!
Mine sometimes get knots, too. In a few cases, once the knot went down they ended up with a "scab" that eventually fell off and then healed over with no further problems. They don't ALL get knots, just some of them. I've yet to figure out why since we normally give them shots the same way.
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I was once told that if they got a knot from the injection, they reacted to it and now have immunity. I'm not sure how true that is, but as long as the lump is from an injection and not a possible CL abcess, I've never worried about them.