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In Reply to: Re: Bump on throatlach area..? Bizarre lead!! posted by Nat on August 20, 2001 at 11:19:26:
Someone asked me awhile back if horse could get CL and from what I found out, they could. Supposedly it is transmissible to just about every species including humans. But the lump on the horse you are describing does not sound like CL to me simply because it was present there for "years" as you said.
From what I know about CL, the external abscesses burst on their own after a few short weeks. The lump you described sounds more like a cyst or tumor. Those won't burst (at least not that I know of).
I'd proceed like the others mentioned and quarantine the goat until you can receive conclusive test results. You certainly do not want to risk the health of your other animals if it is CL.
From what I have read on CL, it is probably unlikely that the cut the goat received before Nationals had anything to do with it but then again it could. I think it takes longer than that for CL to manifest itself externally.
But the age and breed of the goat, 4 years and a Togg, that is ironic because my friends goat is around that age and a Togg as well. They've had this goat since it was a kid and it was just two years ago that they noticed the CL lump. It took it that long to manifest itself. Of course tests would have shown CL to begin with.
And now a strange twist to this all - since I doctor my friends goat which I keep telling them to cull but they won't (would break the daughters heart), I was strangely suspicious when I developed a very painful lump just above my tailbone. I have always been very careful in doctoring this goat but my psychosomatic mind told me that I probably had CL.
It did turn out to be an abscess but not CL (at least that's what my doctor told me). Seems my family has a history of elongated tailbone formation (probably a throwback to when we were swinging in the jungles). I had been doing alot of sit-ups and it was bothering my tailbone. The result was so much pressure on the surrounding tissue that it cut through the tissue, healed and then abscessed.
Oddly enough that whole painful ordeal gave me a keen insight on my doctoring of my friends goat.
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