QUESTION: we have this 5 to 6 months doeling, that have a lump on the left side where her jaw and throat meets and this happened over night, her eye lid color is dark pink so i ruled out bottle jaw and it doesnt seem like a CL to me because it doesnt feel like an abscess, its just swollen and its soft. she is eating fine running around active and just like i said it happend over night. i dont know what is it or what can i do. thank you and GOD Bless

ANSWER: It could be an internal abscess. I would suggest isolation and keeping an eye on her.  See if it is growing. The other possibility is milk goiter. Google that . It is harmless. Let me know if you have questions.

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QUESTION: about the milk goiter, she has been weaned for a while,, would they still get that?

Much less likely if she is weaned. (I guess I was thinking of my goats, whose mothers sometimes won't wean them and whose granddaughters even nurse from them.) I would then suspect abscess. I have seen them in the neck where they go more inward than outward. The concern is that they will press on the throat and affect swallowing and breathing. I had a vet lance one like that when her breathing was affected. I tend to wait for them to ripen before lancing or hiring a vet to do it.

Let me know how it goes.


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Cheryl K. Smith


Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)


Publisher of Goat Health Care, www.goathealthcare.com. I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

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Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

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