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Mastitus

MASTITIS:
HEALTH PROBLEM OF LACTATING Does
information from (Onion Creek Ranch-https://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com/)
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.
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 not useable.
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.
Testing For Mastitus At Home

DESCRIPTION of one Test You can do at Home:

Dr Naylor® Mastitis Indicators, box of 30 (may purchase at Jefferspet.com)

Designed to test cows' or goats milk for signs of mastitis. Simple to use: discard first stream of milk from quarter to be tested. Then hold blotter in slanting position so milk stream will first cover dark area and run down over yellow round area.

Mastitis Indicators, box of 30

DESCRIPTION of Another Test You can do at Home:

CMT - California Mastitis Test Kit (& Accessories) Available from Jefferspet.com

Introductory kit for mastitis detection and control. The CMT measures somatic cell counts through a special reagent in a four chamber paddle.

CALIFORNIA MASTITIS TEST KIT INCLUDES:

  • 4 chamber paddle  (also sold separately)
  • 1/2 liter empty pour bottle
  • 1 pint (16 oz) concentrated CMT liquid  (also sold separately)
  • directions
  • color chart

Review: 

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "An Udder Saver! "

    I bought this kit three years ago after one of my goats came down with mastitis. Since then it's been a real life-saver in early detection of mastitis and in monitoring the healing process of a doe with traumatic mastitis. Very easy to use and the concentrate will last for many years.

    CMT - California Mastitis Test Kit (& Accessories)

    Best Advice on Testing for Mastitis:

    Buy and use both of the test products shown above. If both have same results, you can feel the testing is correct.

Treatment
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 herd.
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Personally, I have never had a doe with Mastitus, however, it can happen. It's best to be prepared in case it happens to one of your does.
  • Here are some other treatment options:
ValleyVet.com sells a product called: 

MastoBlast for Mastitis in Livestock

by HomeoPet
For: Natural Treatment for mastitis infection. Proven to reduce Somatic cell count in milk by up to 50%. Treat one animal or the entire herd. Spray on nose or add to water for at least 10 days. Give cows 2 ml twice daily, sheep or goats 1 ml twice daily. Natural formula. No milk withdrawal. 8 oz. provides treatment for 6 cows, 12 sheep or goats.
Reviews: 
  • October 6, 2021 by Gina (Virginia , united states)
“I was skeptical that this would work but after 2 days her milk was clear!”
worked great
  • September 30, 2021 by susie M. (oregon, united states)
“i had a clear mastitis test in 3 days”
  • Can't beat it for congested udders!
    June 16, 2020 by Nan (CO, United States)
    “I'm not sure whether it helps much with mastitis, but I'm convinced it does a great job softening a congested udder (which of course can lead to mastitis very quickly). It's not the cheapest item in the world, but a little goes a looong way which reduces the actual cost quite a bit. I'm using it with dairy goats.”
  • Great Homeopathic product!
    March 26, 2020 by Jenn F.
    “I have used this product for bouts of mastitis with our organically raised Jersey cows over the past three years. It has been a GREAT product. We simply top-dress the grain twice a day with a capful of Mastoblast. The infection typically clears within 2 days (four treatments) and then I always treat once past "clear milk". This method has ALWAYS worked. Infection does not recur. I also use Mastoblast as a preventative measure to prevent mastitis when I need to move milking times or if I know the cow will be under stress (ie, during weaning, transportation, etc) I give 2 doses as a preventative, once in AM, the other approx. 12 hours later in PM . GREAT PRODUCT”
  • “I am always surprised at how well this works especially considering that it looks like water! But it works really well at lowering the somatic cell counts on our dairy herd. Just put it in the water or on the feed twice a day and it will do what it claims!”
Key Benefits
  • Natural Supplement that helps reduce the incidences of mastitis.
  • Aids in the reduction and control of somatic cell count and can also be used as treatment and prevention.
  • Easy-to-administer liquid that can be added to your companion’s food and water or directly into her mouth.
  • Contains no harsh chemicals with no known side effects.
  • Safe for use on young, pregnant and nursing animals.

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