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False pregnancy????

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by GLENMAR, May 25, 2018.

  1. May 25, 2018
    GLENMAR

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    Ok. I'm taking a break from breeding this year. The boys got out in early fall and I had to lute all the does.
    This may have happened twice. :rolleyes: Fast forward to now. Holly is developing an udder. Its soft. She does not look pregnant. So I was thinking maybe precocious udder. I sent blood to biotracking and got a positive preg result with a disclaimer that her OD value was low. They said it could be <30 days bred or maybe normal for her. I don't think this would be the case.

    Any ideas?? Can I start milking her or would that be asking for trouble???

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  2. May 25, 2018
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    She is eating and acting normal. I'm sure we could do an ultrasound, but I wanted to hear if anyone else had any experience with this.
     
  3. May 26, 2018
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    :hide:hu No personal experience with this particular issue. You could always milk her and save the first few days (colostrum) in case she really is pregnant. That way you'd have it for the/any kid(s). If it is a precocious udder, then why not take advantage of the milk? If she's actually pregnant, then she'll already be in great form when the kids arrive. Just MHO... Others here have far more experience...
     
  4. May 26, 2018
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    That's what I was wondering, but I did not want to take a chance on her getting mastitis. I would be surprised if she's pregnant. I keep a pretty tight ship. This year was the first time the boys got out.
    I'd love to have some milk for a little while without the work of kids.
     
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    Just a thought... if she does indeed have a precocious udder, I wonder if that could affect hormonal balances to give the weak positive test result?
     
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    I'm not sure. I called the vet to see what they recommended and the only thing they said was repeat the test.
     
  7. May 26, 2018
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    I'd repeat the test.
     
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