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Hi Donna , the girl with the hard udder , who is CAE positive is doing well , but i wonder will her udder soften up any ? She is producing some milk for her kids , barely enough , and i supplement them with extra milk i have on hand . I keep her segregated from the flock for now as the other young one's i do not want to catch this . Anything i can do to help speed up the process . She is around 7-8 years old . Also, i have a repeat mastitic Doe who has early symptoms of mastitis according to the California test . Just wondering rather to use pen-G , or LA-200 ?

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Sorry for the delay.  As to the doe with mastitis I usually advise penicillin first - 7 day dosing twice a day.

Re the CAE positive doe - doubt her udder will ever soften up - I advise drying up and bottle raising the kids - re "catching" CAE - all the research I have read and seen shows there is no "cross" contamination for CAE - that is just because a CAE positive goat drinks from a container and others drink from same container they won't get CAE.  This is a disease where it is transmitted fluid to fluid.  Hope this helps - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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