Post by costricangoatmama on Oct 26, 2011 6:57:37 GMT -5
Good morning goat folks,
My doe gave birth 2 days ago and we haven't been able to get any milk out of her left utter. . She had a bad case of mastitis while she was dry and we got that to go away before she gave birth, but now that udder is really swollen and we can't get anything out, not even puss. We have tried antibiotics (injected, warm compresses, and milking her, but it seems that those aren't working. Is that udder no longer functional? Even the tube where the milk comes out of the teet is swollen. She is milking her kid out of the other teet and she seems to be getting enough.
Is there anything I can do to get that udder working again?
First of all................................... congratulations on the new kids! Anyway, It sounds like she might have an infection. I have never had mastitis, but my first doe on her first kidding dried up in one teat because the kid was only nursing on one side. Is air coming out of the teat when you are milking her???? If air is coming out of the teat you might want to just keep trying over and over. Also her teat is probably still "plugged" from being dry all summer, if you take warm water and try to gently rub the tip of the teat it might help. I have never had something like this in my hired so this may not work, bet I think it will help! Oh, I don't know it you are actually milking her to drink it right know, but it your are it is still colostrum so you should not.
Post by garysfarmer on Oct 26, 2011 19:44:30 GMT -5
I posted this somewhere else recently. Here's a little written info on mastitis;
Mastitis is essentially an infected udder. Does of all goat breeds can contract mastitis, but it is more often seen in heavy milkers. Since bacteria that cause mastitis enter the udder through the teats, the cleanliness of pens and feeding areas has a significant impact on whether or not mastitis develops in a herd. There is some evidence that mastitis can be hereditary, but it is fair to say that it is mostly acquired via external sources. 1. Mastitis prevents a lactating doe from providing quality milk for her kids. Indeed, it sometimes prevents her from nursing them, creating a "bottle baby" situation. The udder gets swollen, hard, and hot. The milk, if there is any, is stringy, spotted with blood, and often unuseable. Mastitis is not responsive to injectable antibiotics because the medicine cannot get to the source of the infection. The udder is an interwoven mass of fibrous tissue that is "walled off" from the rest of the doe's body. Never inject a doe's udder with any substance, antibiotic or otherwise; it will kill her. Treatment involves removing the kid from its mother and bottle feeding it. Occasionally a mild case of mastitis will permit treatment and still allow the kid to nurse, particularly if the infection is in only one teat. The udder is walled off into two parts, each supplying one teat with milk. Milk out the infected udder(s) and infuse each infected teat with an intramammary medication like ToDay (cephapirin sodium) or similar product for at least two and preferably for four to five consecutive days. Massage the udder to move the medication around inside as much as possible. Bag Balm can be applied to the outside of the udder for ease in massaging and for the doe's comfort. Some does run fever with mastitis, so fever-reducing medication must be given. Since it is virtually impossible to kill all of the bacteria inside the udder, mastitis is usually chronic, recurring with each kidding. For this reason, mastitis is generally a reason for culling a doe in a meat-goat herd.