You milk everything that you can get out of her multiple times a day, every 3-4 hours is ideal. Massage the udder to get out every drop and to help with the hardness. She may be kicky, as this is a painful infection.
Hot towel compresses/ massages on the affect quarter/s. I slather the problem area with aloe vera gel and tea tree oil. I believe Joann whips up comfrey leaves into a paste. Heather used cayanne and lard.
It will take a day or two for the quarter to start to soften. It will take up to a week for the milk to be back to normal. Don't drink it.
Take her temp and watch for a fever. Normal cow temp is about 102, fever is 104. Call the vet if it gets up there. A feverish cow will tremble, not eat, and stare off into a corner.
If its a bad case (more then one quarter, severely discolored milk, blood, etc.) get a vet out and get antibiotic teat infusions. They carry them at feed stores, for milking cows they are called Today and after stripping the quarter as well as possible you swab the teat end with an alcohol pad, stick in a bit of the tip of the teat infuser, squirt it all in, massage it up towards the udder, and let it sit. It will have instructions. You doses the quarter 2 times. It has a milk with hold of a few days.
And most importantly, take a deep breath and relax. Cows get this all the time, she'll be just fine, and I know you'll do what's best for her. Even the most experience cow people get this, Isabelle had 2 or 4 flare ups just in August as we adjusted to once a day milking without a calf and got her production settled down.
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This is the story: this morning's milking was normal - soft udder. The milk strained normally.
This evening my daughter started the milking and called up to the house that Gita was kicking. This is not normal Gita behavior so I hurried down. The rear right quarter was hard with some even harder knots. I tasted the milk - normal, not salty. Milk looked normal. As I proceeded to milk the milk suddenly wouldn't come out. Then out came some cheese-like lumps and strings. Then after those passed I started to get liquid milk again but now it was brownish-orange (not thick though - the consistency was of normal milk). But I could barely get any of this thin liquid out. I worked on that one quarter for about two and a half hours. Every squirt took lots of massage and coaxing and I don't know if I got all of it out as even after all that time the udder was still hard. Is mastitic tissue still hard even if the milk is out? I used hot towels, lots of massage, cayenne balm ointment, and left her with peppermint essential oil on her quarter. I then called a friend who treats her Jerseys homeopathically and loaded all the children in the car way past their bedtime and drove to her house to get the remedy. Gita has one dose in her now. If the baby cooperates I'll give her another dose before I go to bed.
When you say to throw out the milk, do you mean all of it or just the affected quarter?
Gita is acting like her normal personality, no fever, great appetite.
We do not have Gita's calf; it was a heifer so the Dairy kept it. So it is up to me to get the milk out. I will milk frequently tomorrow, but I wish there wasn't this longer night-time stretch.
Thanks for the help!
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I wondered about the cabbage leaves too, Wyomama! But I couldn't think of a way to keep them on!
Here's the happy update:
Last night I ended up getting the homeopathic remedy in her mouth three times before I crashed on my bed. Each dose was about half an hour apart.
This morning I dragged myself out of bed earlier than usual, eyes burning, because I didn't want her to go long without another milking to relieve the pressure. I carried the homeopathic remedy with me and prepared my childen that I would probably be at the barn a couple of hours.
When she walked in, I thought, "Hmmm, her udder looks normal. How weird that it isn't distended looking." Then I sat down on the stool and massaged it. Totally soft!!! I began gently milking. The milk is white and liquid, it came easily. There were about four very small lumps in the whole quarter. I massaged and milked, massaged and milked until I was sure every drop was out. I gave her homeopathic again. Later I rubbed peppermint oil all over that quarter again.
I hope to get her to come into the barn about half way through the day today so I can milk out that quarter again. If I do so, do I need to milk every quarter or just the affected one? And how will I know when it is OK to drink the milk from the affected quarter again?
Great news, BES! You got onto the problem fast and effectively and of course the excellent posts (above) make us realize how important we are to each other. Had you resorted to the intramammary infusion sold for mastitis you would have needed to discard the milk for the period stated on the preparation. As Lee Anne says, once the milk has become normal again following a non drug treatment it can be used. A few lingering itty bitty lumps don't mean the milk cannot be used, only that you have to continue to be vigilant in case of a relapse. It is hard to know exactly which intervention brought relief, the scrupulous milking, the massage, the various applications to the udder, or the homeopathic remedy, or perhaps all working together. On some occastions the teat infusion is the only thing that seems to work. There is an array of bacteria which can cause mastitis and the progress of the inflammation can vary a lot.
As with all homeopathics, the kind to use depends on the type of mastitis; in other words, someone else's cow may need a different remedy than mine did. But this particular remedy was exactly describing the symptoms Gita was experiencing (no fever, cheesy curds in the foremilk only, and a few other things I don't now remember) and when you get a good match like that, homeopathy works quickly. This particular remedy was Carbo Veg, Silicea and Sulphur. (Three different remedies given at once.) I want to get the book my friend used to find the right remedy. I think it was Homeopathy for the Herd.
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