Goats/cloged goat utter
what is the best way to unclog a goats utter the baby feeding from just one side. Will a warm compress help to unclog the utter and get the milk flowing?
First of all I have no idea if you are a new goat owner or a seasoned goat owner so I will go in the direction of new owner just in case - please do not be offended if you are a seasoned owner.
Is there no milk coming from this side of the udder? Has this doe been in milk previously with both teats working? Warm compresses as well as peppermint oil massaged on the side that is congested will help but you also need to make sure of a couple of things :
Is the teat actually clogged?
Is the teat a "blind" teat (meaning there is NO opening IN the teat)
Is the udder congested? (feeling over full)
Is the udder hot? (hard and lumpy) this may possibly be mastitis on this side
Had the udder become discolored? (turning red then dark) IF so Call a vet - necrotic mastitis may be beginning (gangrene mastitis)
So many things to consider when udder/teat issues arise-
When a goat freshens (has a baby and comes into milk) - her teats have a natural waxy plug - some are more plugged than others.. most of the time the new baby is able to suck on the teat removing the plug (which is there to protect the teat from bacteria from entering the teat BTW) - there are times when the owner needs to "unplug" the teats by milking a few squirts of milk or actually colostrum (first milk) from each side and then immediately putting baby to the teat to nurse. When a baby nurses and is finished the teat will close on it's own unlike when we milk the teats. THIS being said - colostrum is a yellowish thicker than milk first milk filled with antibodies the doe has created in her system to pass on to her babies.. as they have no defense antibodies in their system when first born.. Sometimes this first milk (colostrum) can be VERY thick.. almost glue like and nearly solid. Most babies can 'drink' this easily (how is beyond me) but once it begins to thin out a little it gets easier for them - this all happens in the first 24 hours of kidding.
I wonder if this is what you may be dealing with ?
If not then you must think of other things.. possibly a congested udder.. possibly actual mastitis.. (which is more difficult to deal with )
This is an Excellent article on mastitis and congested udders - please read- http://tennesseemeatgoats.com/MeatGoatMania/March2013/
IN addition -here is my article on colostrum:
This article shows you how to use the CMT home mastitis test in case you need to find out if this doe has mastitis-
This shows you how to Treat IF you have mastitis:
If you have sufficiently milked her on this side and removed the waxy plug - things should go nicely.. make sure you get the baby/babies on this side to eat - sticking your finger int he babie's mouth and then onto the udder will help them smell that their mouth may have been there before and this is OK to eat from.. this will take some patience to stand and insist the baby or babies nurse from this side.. once they get it all should be ok - If this side of the udder is swollen and hard form being too full due to lack of nursing.. you may have to milk he r out some to make this side more pliable.. so it is easier for the newborns to nurse..
THIS being said.. if there is absolutely NO opening in the teat.. or if the udder is getting cool and discolored.. you will need to call a vet to save the doe.. in all probability..
If you are a new goat owner or have not dealt with these things before.. a vet is always a good choice to make after the initial warm compresses, massage, milking and observation of babies eating have been tried.. as mastitis is always a possibility when there is issues with a non milking udder half..
I hope I have covered everything for you..