How to Take Care of a Goat's Udders When They Are Swollen

Goats can get painful infected udders.
Goats can get painful infected udders. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Goats are social farm animals that enjoy living in groups. Like children, goats love to play and be kept entertained, however they do need some special care. Goats need to be milked often to avoid swollen, painful udders. If your goat's udders seem hot to the touch, or painful when milked, it may have mastitis. Mastitis can be transferred to your goat by milking it in unsanitary conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Mastitis test kit
  • KMnO4 Solution
  • Dettol
  • Betamethasone cream
  • Antibiotic injection
  • Herbal Mastitis Massage Salve

Test your goat for mastitis. You can purchase test kits at any local farm supply, or online supplier. Mastitis can range from sub-clinical to very acute.

Clean the goat's udders with KMnO4 solution or dettol. You may also apply betamethasone cream to the affected udders to help heal the damaged skin.

Remove the milk from the affected quarter, making sure to be gentle. You will need to do this every hour.

Infuse the utter with cephapirin sodium. You will need to do infusions at a rate of four to five infusions, 12 hours apart. Sanitize the area prior to doing any infusions.

Massage the affected udders after every treatment. You can use an ointment called Herbal Mastitis Massage Salve. This will help to ease pain and cool the udders.

Take the goat to a vet if the infection looks severe. If after a few days the affected udders do not seem to be any better, the goat may need an intravenous antibiotic injection.

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