Well this might sound weird, but I am very excited about this treatment for mastitis that I found out about. I'll start from the beginning. . .
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A little while after the cow first freshened, she had mastitis in 2 quarters. I treated them with U.S. Vet/Today Penicillin in the teats. It cleared up one, but the other one never really got better. She just constantly had cheesy chunks in it, and her milk was dropping in that quarter. I didn't know what to do as I had treated it a couple of times with the Penicillin treatment. I left it alone for a week and it still didn't get better (nor much worse, except that her production was slowly dropping in that quarter).
Well, I read online on a cow forum that I am on that Peppermint oil clears up mastitis really well. It wouldn't hurt to try, right? So we got some Peppermint oil, and I mixed 1 tablespoon Peppermint to 1 cup Coconut oil (any type of "carrier" oil will work - palm, coconut, etc).
The first time I only rubbed it on the outside of the quarter, but then learned that I could infuse that teat with it also. So I did 10 cc inside the teat, and then rubbed the entire quarter with it also. Needless to say, it smells great and that quarter is VERY soft! After about 2 days of doing that, there are NO MORE CHUNKS in that teat! And her production is back up in that quarter. Very exciting! I am going to keep treating a few days after there are no more symptoms. I never heard anything like this for treating mastitis in the goat world - so this is very cool. If I ever get a goat with mastitis (never have - never hope to!) I will try this first.
Just thought I'd share!
Posted by Good Goats at 8:17 AM