Pseudolactation in companion goats in the Netherlands
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Pseudolactation can be a very disturbing condition for both the goat and the owner. It causes the udder of a non bred goat to develop at a moment in time which it is not physiological or functional. The udder can increase significantly and it can start producing milk. As a result of the enlargement the udder and teat can be damaged by constant contact with the legs of the animal and by contact with the ground. Common reported complications are mastitis and difficulty with normal movement. Reports on pseudolactions in the literature is very limited and the information is often obsolete. The knowledge about pseudolactation in the field is confined and the treatments are various. The pathogenesis of precocious udder in goats is still unknown and as a consequence an ideal therapy is not available. Interviews with patient owners were held to acquire insight into the current situation of pseudolactation in companion goats in the Netherlands. The symptoms differed very much, especially the severity of the disease. A common used manner of treating patients is the use of hormonal injections. A strict ration was also often subscribed. In the absence of satisfying results drastic measures sometimes have to be taken. Amputation of the udder can be a final solution. The condition can cause both the owner and the animal much distress. Veterinarians involved do not have answers to the question of the owner and are not in possession of evidenced-based therapy. The outcome of this research demands continuation to untangle the pathogenesis of pseudolaction in companion goats in order to provide evidenced-based therapy.