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Mastitis and udder slough off
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Mastitis and udder slough off in Help Wanted! April 04, 2017, 04:38:19 PM
I have a 12yr old dorper ewe with severe mastitis, shes on antibiotics that you put up nipple and LA injection. Anyone else experienced mastitis? Whats the recovery time? How long did you give antibiotics for? When did she seem to improve after starting treatment? Did the udder slough off?
24 hrs after first treatment seemed abit better, eating and walking that's about it. Day 3 seems a bit sluggish, walking hunched and wobbly, not as alert today skin of udder looks like weeping in spots, still hot. Poo is normal was previously sundae style, pee alittle yellow, eyes good pink colour.

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    * April 10, 2017, 01:48:16 PM
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    A couple of years ago I had several dorper ewes get mastitis. Vet gave them antibiotic injections (just into the muscle not the udder). Most had 2 injections which were about 4 days apart after which the ewes all returned to normal healthy behavior (as opposed to being depressed and separating when they had the mastitis) although one ewe was left with a nasty cut on her udder that never quite healed and another with a cricket ball sized lump in one side of the udder.


    I did a lot of googling into prevention & treatment as the vet couldn't say why we kept on getting the problem. Apple Cider Vinegar kept coming up... happy to report that since adding the apple cider vinegar (make sure it's the non-pasteurized stuff) to their drinking water and giving them a 10ml water/10ml vinegar drench each quarter when we fluke drench, we haven't had another case. Also the cut healed and the cricket ball lump disappeared!
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    Mastitis and udder slough off in Help Wanted! May 09, 2017, 06:38:39 PM
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    Unfortunately the udder has started to slough off a man hade size about inch deep. I would attach pics of her whole progress from start to this point but may be abit yuck for some
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    Mastitis and udder slough off in Help Wanted! May 17, 2017, 10:22:30 AM
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    If she's 12 luvdorpers I think her time is probably up.
    Mastitis can be caused by an infection in the milk - usually at drying off when the milk is produced but not drunk out, and also from an infection getting into the udder through the skin or teat when the ewe lies down. This second sort is horrible and highly infectious, it can go right through a flock very quickly as they all lie down together and pass it around.
    I'm ever so thankful our flock has never had the bacterial mastitis, but I do know a dorper flock that suffered dreadfully with it a few years back. In the end most of the ewes were retired or culled, as each time they lactate there is a small chance of the bacterial infection rebuilding.
    I know the treatment required intra-teat injections and was just horrible, the udders eventually sloughed off in sections, other ewes were left with golf ball lumps or hollows inside the udder. It is these lumps that can harbour the germ until next lactation. From what I heard of the treatment it sounded almost as bad as the initial illness!
    At age 12 I would be letting her go. But if you decide to treat and see how she goes I'd love to know the end result.
    Interesting KD regarding the ACV. I will definitely file that away for future reference.
    I love this site! So much useful info....
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    Mastitis and udder slough off in Help Wanted! May 19, 2017, 03:45:14 PM
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    Well Dorpersheep that's mainly due to people like you!!
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    Mastitis and udder slough off in Help Wanted! May 19, 2017, 03:46:46 PM
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    I love this site! So much useful info....


    Well Dorpersheep that's mainly due to caring people like you!!
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    Mastitis and udder slough off in Help Wanted! May 21, 2017, 02:08:35 PM
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    She's more like a pet dog now, she's one of our originals. She got flyblown but thats all good now, just waiting for the dry mass of udder to fall off now. She's eating well, colour good, acting like normal comes running up for a feed at spray time (chlorimide) or saltwater rinse. Decided we'll keep her, she's been a good provider over the years and decided we'll bottle feed any future lambs but keep them with her. Treatment over 10 days was 8 intra-teat and 4 LA injections. I tried to attach pics of her progress from start to now but don't know how to compress pics. I assume the wet muddy conditions from the aftermath of cyclone contributed to problem and also drying off too
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