Ginger’s Udder Cover

Ginger has an allergic skin reaction on her udder. We’ve been trying to get rid of it and the infection for about 3 years.

Even the vet is at a loss as to what to do.

We’ve paid more in tests and vet bills and biopsies than the goat is worth in the hopes that we will learn something that will heal her udder and be of future help to Vet2Be.

Earlier this week the smell was horrible! We were almost ready to call the vet to have him put her down.

But we decided to try something we hadn’t done before we made “the call.”

Often we have washed her udder with plain water and a washcloth, but we’ve never used a hose on it. That’s what we started to do on Wednesday.

And we wanted to cover it with a bandage, which we’ve never been able to do. How do you stick a bandage on an udder without it coming off?

Here’s our idea:

I took an XL tee shirt and cut the sleeves off, leaving the seam ON the shirt (not on the sleeves).

I sewed one sleeve shut at the hem to make a bag. I sewed half of the open end of the sleeve to the bottom of the shirt. Then I attached two pieces of elastic that is 12″ long. One end went on the shirt, one end is attached to the udder bag.

After hosing her off twice a day for two days, the smell is much less. She doesn’t mind being hosed off (I think that the cold water made the sore feel better).

And she doesn’t mind the shirt at all! She seems to like keeping the sore on her udder from rubbing the inside of her leg.

She’s the first goat that Vet2Be bought with his own money. And she’s the sweetest goat we’ve ever had! Gentle, kind, loving, and a fantastic milker.

We milked her through for 3 years. And it was worth going out to milk her! The only reason we stopped was because we couldn’t get rid of the sores from whatever allergy she has.

(Yes, we’ve changed bedding, food, everything. Literally everything!)

If anyone is interested in seeing a step-by-step tutorial of how I sewed the shirt, please leave me a comment. I’ve got a few more to make (I want to have 4 so I don’t have to wash so often!) and I don’t mind taking photos of the process. It takes about 10 minutes to sew one up, so it’s a really quick project!

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