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Hiya, just wondering is it possible for my goat to contract mastitis when she has never and will never have a kid? She is about 16 1/12 years old, and her udder is swollen, not excessively, but has not hardened. I am at a loss as the year should have never been open to infection, due to never producing milk, but am wondering what this is, and what will help. Thanks in advance!

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HI Lucretia
Sorry for the delay I Just now got this notification in my mail to answer you..
While it is possible - it is highly unlikely for her to get mastitis at  this age- I would say it  may have more to do with hormones at her age -  any doe if on a surface that is wet  muddy or  excessively dirty can  have bacteria  get up into the teats - but a doe who has never freshened  it becomes less likely due to the small orifices in the teats themselves. Her hormones could be out of whack  - much like older women. This may cause a precocious udder or inappropriate lactation syndrome - lactation in non-pregnant goats, which is brought on  with estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and corticosteroids - it has been noted that some women who use any of these products such as an estrogen cream may have residue on their hands when handling the goats creating this situation - so it is possible to transfer the effects of these hormones to the goat accidentally.  Another things that may cause this is an infection  or worse case scenario  a tumor -
The only way to be absolutely sure what is going on is to have a vet check her out - it may be absolutely nothing to worry about - as long as the size does not increase  and it shows no symptoms of pain or discomfort  I would think  it may be ok to leave it alone -  BUT this being said - she is a nice 16 1/2 year old doe.. and at this age you do not want anything to come along to  shorten her life -  vet tests or  at least second opinion to reassure  you on what  to worry about or NOT to worry about  may be worth the visit - at her age I would not opt for any surgery (if suggested) or even a major therapy that may interfere with quality of life for her -
So bottom line - if this were My 16 1/2 yr old goat  I would have a vet take a look  and  see what they have to say - and ask if this is something that is going to interfere with her quality of life for her older years

It is always a blessing to have a goat reach  this age - and difficult to  see anything go wrong with them after they have lived such a long full life - my gut says (with what info you have provided)  it is not a big deal  - BUT again I cannot see her myself and to have peace of mind - a vet check will help - Please let me know how she does..  and if you seek a vet what he thinks is going on with her.  

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