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In Reply to: Re: Nats "Mystery Bump" - the photo posted by Nat on August 25, 2001 at 08:56:21:
Thank you for the accolades. I am hoping to get this system more streamlined as time goes by.
As far as the hen nesting in her hay feeder, I personally would not think that would have anything to do with it. I've been asked quite a few times about a connection between chickens (poultry in general too) and coccidiosis in goats. If I understand correctly, coccidiosis is species specific. CL on the other hand is not. Just about any species can catch CL from another species. Man from a goat, a goat from a chicken, a dog from a goat, etc.
From what I am beginning to learn about CL, the overall health of the animal determines the size of the abscess. Or perhaps better stated, the immune system of the goat determines the size of the abscess. I'm really not sure about this but it does make some sense.
I'm presuming that this wasn't your goats first show but perhaps if it was, maybe she got stressed, her immune system weakened and could have had the dormant CL come to life. I've seen alot of posts from people at various times saying that their goat never had a problem until "after" the show. Seems to be a trend.
Not that I'm a ghoul or lover of the blood and guts aspect of it by any means, but I wish I could have been there when the needle method was tried. One thing I noticed when I did my first lancing is that the abscess is a very tough cut. Suprisingly not alot of blood and the material inside does not always want to come out easily. But then I think that depends on the cut itself.
The encysted worm might be a possibility to. I really don't have much experience in that area so I'm not sure. Alot of times I am reticent to give advice because there are alot of you out there who have been active with goats far longer than myself. I like to try new things of course and then either share my success or failure.
But in this case, I think I would maybe try the Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 method I wrote about earlier. I am definitely going to try it on my friends goat to see what happens.
I did look at various Internet sites about CL, hoping to find something that referenced an oblong or irregular shaped lump but have yet to find anything. So it very well may be something else - let's hope CL and nothing as serious or endemic.
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