Post by babeegurl2445 on Jul 22, 2009 11:15:19 GMT -5
I have a question, my nanny goat just had a baby about a week ago and the kid is only sucking from one teet, the other one is starting to look really bad. Anyone know what I can do to encourage the kid to drink from the other one? My nanny doesn't want me touching it so its kind of hard to check her, and encourage the baby to drink. She is a milk goat if that helps. Thanks in advance
Post by missourigal on Jul 22, 2009 17:34:59 GMT -5
Well you need to catch her and milk out some on the other side, She will have a fit, but if you dont you could take a chance of getting mastitis in that one.. Right now it is probably swollen, and hurts.. But this will relive the pressure on it.. You may have to tape up the other tit, so the baby will suck the other side...
This could leave her udder lopsided for life.. So too keep them even I would milk it out....
But on the other hand since it is probably sore she may not let the kid suck it because it hurts..
missourigal life is like a box of chocolate's you never know which one you will get !!!!!!
Post by Rose's Goats on Jul 23, 2009 5:15:46 GMT -5
Yes, milk it out immediately! She will probably be lopsided for life because having a kid on only one side is rough on the symmetry of the udders. Most kids do pick a favorite teat and is it hard to get them to switch. I have had to put my goats on the milk stand and hold the favorite teat up so that the kid couldn't get at it and nurse. I had to force him to nurse the other one. Tape didn't work because he could get it off and I was afraid he would eat it.
Now I bottle feed all the kids and milk my goats. It saves me lots of problems with uneven nursing.
Watch that side closely for mastitis. Get a mastitis test kit ASAP. You can use the one for cows. Test her and if she is definitely positive, then start her on TODAY mastitis treatments.
I second what everyone is saying. I have a nubian doe that has what my vet calls a "blown" teat. I was new to goats at the time and didn't realize that her kid was only nursing one side. I thought she had mastitis and called out the vet. He said it was caused by her producing more milk than one kid could drink and that the kid had obviously favored one side over the other. It was weird, too, because it was like it "blew out" overnight. She looked ok one day and the next had a swollen teat.
Each time she kidded after that it got a little worse. It is now permanently HUGE and looks like a balloon. I've decided not to breed her again since it's such an issue keeping it milked down. Save yourself future trouble and work on it now.
BTW...I still have her because she was my first goat.
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