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Mastitis Prevention and Treatment

Mastitis Prevention and Treatment

Mastitis is a serious health problem. If not diagnosed early and treated aggressively it can result in costly medical bills, permanent damage to the udder, decreased milk production and in severe cases, even death. Inflammation occurs when bacteria, viruses and the like invade the udder and/or mammary glands.


The best prevention is cleanliness. Keep the barn and barnyard clean at all times. Practice CLEAN milking habits. Keep the udder well trimmed, wash teats and udder thoroughly with Udder Wash and always milk with clean, dry hands. Use a strip cup for the first few steams of milk and examine closely for flakes or strings. Always milk gently and do not over milk. Wipe the teats clean after milking and apply Fight Bac to teats. It’s inexpensive, highly effective and easy to use. Test the milk once a week with mastitis test cards . Early diagnosis is your best chance for successful treatment.


Symptoms of mastitis include a decrease in milk production, flakes or strings on the strip cup screen and a hot, swollen, red udder. Blood in the milk may also be a symptom. The CMT kit can also be used if a problem shows up on the strip cup screen.


Mastitis treatment may include antibiotic injections as well as antibiotic teat infusions. Apply hot packs twice a day for 10 minutes and gentle massaging with peppermint oil to increase circulation. More frequent milking may also be helpful.


Goat Serum Concentrate or Bovi Sera is very effective in treating mastitis. Give a 10cc Sub Q two days in a row and during those two days do a 15cc teat infusion of the Concentrate after each milking.


Supplies for Prevention and Treatment:


  • Udder Wash (21H)
  • Wipe-Out Dairy Wipes (21J)
  • Fight Bac (21A)
  • Mastitis Test Cards (20H)
  • CMT Kit (20J)
  • Strip Cup (11A)
  • Injectable Antibiotic (18M-1)
  • Teat Infusions (18X)
  • Goat Serum (3K)
  • Bovi Sera (3K-1)
  • Mastoblast (25A-8)
  • Mastocream (25A-7)


Several conditions warrant the use of medications infused directly into the teat. This procedure, called intramammary infusion involves implanting a antibiotic medication such as “Tomorrow” when drying off a lactating doe and “Today” for treating mastitis. Goat Serum or Bovi Sera can also be infused for treating mastitis as an alternative to antibiotics. We emphasize the importance of cleanliness in this procedure to avoid the introduction of dirt and bacteria into the teat. Neosporin antibacterial ointment is excellent for lubricating the cannula for easy insertion. Please pay attention to the proper positioning of the cannula inside the teat. Partial insertion, just beyond the sphincter muscle is correct. Full insertion can disrupt the keratin plug encouraging further bacterial infection.


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  1. by shanlaw1
    Comment made on: April 29 2012

    I would also like to suggest that anyone treating a goat with any antibiotics give their animal Jump Start Gel. I have used this product with much success. Like humans, goats digestion gets messed up because of the antibiotic therapy which can cause a whole other set of issues. Giving the Jump Start gel helps maintain the natural bacteria that the goat needs for good digestion.

  2. by mindywiener
    Comment made on: May 1 2012

    One of my Two Does developed mastitis in (1) Teat. I kept her milked out & massaged her as well as gave her some Immune Boost. Two weeks later, I tested again & it showed negative. Now, however, both teats feel hard & when I milk her out, I am not getting that much (it could also be because her 2 kids are draining her). My question is, if she is testing negative but she’s still showing signs, how would you suggest I treat her?

    She has kept her appetite though her poops are sometimes clumping. I have kept their feed the same but have switched to alfalfa hay.

  3. by meases
    Comment made on: May 2 2012

    I had a doe kid and as newborns the kids favored one teat, so I directed them to the other and checked that it was giving milk. But when it came to night separation time, I found that the one teat did not give milk and is hard on one side. The udder is not hot or sore. Any ideas as to what this is and what I can do about it?

  4. by Knepperz
    Comment made on: May 14 2012

    I am looking for a recipe that I saw someplace on here with ascorbic acid, copper sulfate(?), DE, and dolamite for mastitis and listed many other conditions as well…i don’t know how much of each, I have all ing., and a very sick doe just not sure how much of what and how to give??

  5. by mrstrader
    Comment made on: July 15 2012

    The recipe is in the Hoegger’s catalog where the Dolomite is. It list it for diarrhea but also for otheqr health problems. It is 1 tsp.Dolomite, 1/4 tsp. Copper sulfate, 1 tsp. Vitamin C powder. Give 1/2 tsp. daily to the does feed. Hope this helps and your goat gets better. We love our wonder animals that is a part of our family. Marion

  6. by mrstrader
    Comment made on: July 15 2012

    Meases I have just got my doe over one side of her utter being very hard and not giving milk. I am fairly new to all this health problems but learning as I go. I am disabled and got sick last month and days could not milk my doe like I normal do. One morning milking she did not give much milk and I felt her utter on thst side was hard. It was not hot or enlarged. I tested her for mastitis and that was normal. I read everything I could to help. I found where it said it could just be congested from not getting the milk out and to milk more if needed and message the utter and I put utter balm and messaged that in well and after anout a week she is back to normal thank goodness. Oh I also tried hot compresses twice a day each time I milked her. Hope this will help. Marion

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