Hi Sherri, and thanks for all the work in getting the photos of Speckles. It must have taken some doing!
I can understand your concern about her condition. There are several conditions that her appearance and clinical signs could be attributed to, however the most common fitting conditions are normally seen associated with kidding or during pregnancy. “Hard Udder” is one, which is normally seen soon after kidding, as well as mastitis that causes udder congestion.
You mentioned earlier that there is no milk production, but only small amounts of a clear liquid. Have you tried milking her recently? If not, I’d recommend giving it a try to see if anything has changed. If you are seeing milk production, then the problem is most likely a condition known as “precocious udder”, where an unbred doe begins having sudden and constant milk production.
Mastitis is not very likely, unless the udder seals were opened unintentionally at some point, and bacteria was allowed to enter the udder.
A few more questions for you: Is her udder warm or uncomfortable at this point? Is the bruising getting any worse? How is her appetite and attitude? Have you taken her temperature? If not, you can take it rectally using a digital thermometer. Normal temperature for a goat is between 101-102 F. You might need some help holding her! A small bit of lubrication on the thermometer also helps.
One thing you can do at this point to try to help softening the udder is to lightly apply some Vick’s Vapo-Rub once a day. The menthol can help to relieve congestion. Peppermint oil can do this as well, but be sure to dilute it with some water first. Try to avoid getting anything on the teat openings.
Do you know if Speckles has ever been tested for the CAE virus (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis)? This common goat disease can at times cause this condition, but again, is usually only seen post-kidding.
Thanks again for the photos, and again, I know this is frustrating for the both of you. But hang in there and we’ll get this figured out!
Dan C., DVM.
P.S. By the way, I live in Oregon.