Question My vet gave me instructions to treat my doe for mastitis. He said to inject banamine and excenel. He thought milking her out and giving the milk to her baby would help (he is 3 days old and I have been giving him her milk, she doesn't completely reject him but he's not nursing and she's not encouraging him). A tech in the vet's office has goats and knows probably more than he does, and she said I need to infuse penicillin into each teat. She gave me the metal tip, and I was unsuccessful in getting it to insert. I just lost round 1 with mama so I sat down to research on the net, and I see that someone said to always throw the milk away! So do I give it to baby (and do the penicillin after I milk her), or not? I am going to try to put him on another doe if she'll take him, but in the meantime... and any advice on how to insert the tip into the teat would be great. I am really in over my head here. Help???
Answer Always throw away the milk. It's infected with bacteria. I would go to tractor supply and buy the mastitis treatment kit. The injection needs to to in the teat where the milk comes out. If tractor supply doesn't have it you can order it from caprine goat supply offline. Pcill works but its better if you get a medication specific to mastitis.
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Thank you, I will go to tsc to look for the kit. I am hoping it will be easier to insert. Thanks also for answering promptly.
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I have raised dairy and meat goats for most of my life. Degree in biology and dairy sciences. I have birthed hundreds of goats, milked goats for ages, made products from the milk. disbudded several kids of all sizes.
Organizations American Dairy Goats Association, American goat Society, Nigerian Dwarf goats Association
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Education/Credentials Degree in Biology, Minor in Diary science