Crusty stuff- what is it? : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

OK, to be fair, the does don't have this right now. But I figure they will acquire it again right before it is time to go to a show...

Several of the does had what looked like a crusty scab on their poll, or smaller little scabs around the mouth. One doe had very small scabby spots on her udder. It may not all be the same thing. I picked at one of the scabbed polls, and was shocked when the crusty stuff came right off, leaving raw flesh underneath it- it was a little gory. When they would fight, the crusty stuff would break and bleed. I put Cut and Heal on it, and it went away, eventually. What is this, and how should it be treated if it recurs?

-- Rebekah (, April 22, 2002


I have no idea Rebekah (notice I can only spell your name correctly with it right in front of me :)

I have a doe with this on her tail, all up underneath and to the side. A friend of mine just had this all over his does rear also. Now the new doe came with it all over her bottom lip and chin. I am copper bolousing the new doe since we know that is a problem anyway. I am going to use benedryl on her also. Maybe its ORF or maybe its Staph, I really have no idea! I do know if you get to aggressive treating it, that you will make it much worse. Chlorhexiderm is a blue liquid disenfectant you can buy from the vet, same thing as Novalsan scrub, just eaiser to use. I put it in a bottle with water and use it as a spray, it has a drying agent, but also sooths the skin, but is not oily. Oily or balmy or greasy we can't use or we get staph worse! Good luck and tell me how it goes. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, April 23, 2002.

The Cut and Heal dried up whatever was on the head. I used tea tree essential oil for the sppots on the udder and they disappeared as well. I was thinking maybe it was dedomectic (sp) mange??

-- Rebekah (, April 23, 2002.

Then I will try that. A gal (Elizabeth's soaps) on the site made my son some tea tree oil, goat milk soap for his face, we wanted to clear up his skin some before Nationals (he's a cheerleader). It worked really well. So did you dilute the oil? I have about 2 quarts of emu oil from when we butchered our last emu, perhaps I will mix it in some of that? How much do you think? Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, April 23, 2002.

I don't know how much tea tree oil to use, but it is indeed powerful stuff. It is a tremendous anti fungal as well as antibacterial. I wonder what would be found if it was cultured???

BTW, Vicki, how did they do in the Nationals this year?

-- Doreen (, April 23, 2002.

I put it on straight. It smells some but I kind of liked the scent.

-- Rebekah (, April 23, 2002.

They came in 10th place. They (and especially Jake :) did excellent. Last year we were 11th, which means are not mentioned in any information, nothing goes to the colleges, you aren't on TV etc, other than the initial showing on ESPN. So when they called another school this year into 11th place, and I knew we had made 10th place or better, my daughter and I started screaming! The Nationals are so much fun, loud and obnoxious moms all over the place, Dads usually sitting their cause they are forced to :) With our starting value as compared to the other schools ahead of us, we did as good as we could have, which is always nice, hate it when you know you could have done better IF! This is Jake's last year, he will be a senior. Having anti-prom party here Saturday, him and his friends refused to pay the money for tuxs, dinners, tickets, when it is not any fun (they all went last year) so they are throwing a huge party here instead, course we are the cool parents so its here in our guest house. Want to come Doreen? :)

Guess I will try it straight on a few places and see how it does, the lady at our health food store in Cleveland is very knowledgeable, she will probably know. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, April 24, 2002.

Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) is a very common medicinal in Australia where it originates from. It comes from a tree that I believe is related to the Eucaliptus. It's sorta like a natural version of our Bacteen(sp?)spray. You may use tea tree oil "Neat", AKA= full strength, but dab little bits on- don't saturate yourself or an animal with it. It is wonderful to heal folks and critters up. I even put a dab in the dog's shampoo to kill off her smelly dog/skin bacteria odor. Just remember a little goes a Loooooong way.

I use it ALL THE TIME, and I have extremely sensitive skin too. Yeah, it smells funky - but hey- we ain't no stinkin' weenies who need to trick our noses to make things pretty-right?

Great stuff, that tea tree oil!

Now, does emu oil really work well on pain as advertized?? Inquiring minds want to know!

-- Wendy Hannum, SE OHIO (, April 24, 2002.

Glad they did so well!!! ummm....I'll email you my Prom story- it's pretty funny. I always liked the anti prom myself:).

The tea tree oil can burn the skin if you over do it, but just a dab on each spot would help. I had a roommate who had the most unfortunate dandruff I have ever seen, and of course she had black hair, poor girl. It became kind of a household project to find something that worked and Head and Shoulders with some tea tree oil added ended doing the trick for her. I'm going to try the stuff on my business partner's smelly dog. He's old and it's really weird but he just reeks only a few days out a bath. Thanks for that reminder!!!

-- Doreen (, April 24, 2002.

Here's what I learned by working at a small animal vet clinic: That funky old doggy smell is usually an overgrowth of bacteria on the dogs skin- especially if it is a dog with skin/flea allergies. They lick -keep the skin's already warm...and viol'a, a perfect habitat for bacteria to nurture and well...SMELL!! Regular bathing alone won't clear up the odor because it just adds that needed moisture for the bacteria to stay alive and kickin' so to speak. That's how come a bath doesn't rid the smell like you think it would. That is exactly why I add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to my dogs combat the helps some- not a cure all- don't know if there is a cure all. It wouldn't hurt to try Head and Shoulders shampoo on dog either as it kills fleas, and other teeny- tiny critters if left on for a few minutes (don't ask how to keep fido entertained in the tub for a "few minutes"...I've never figured that one out. My dog is an Airedale Terrier. The airedale breed has hound in it's background so they have the :oP propencity to smell rather "hound-dog funky" anyway :o)

Tea tree oil is a ~wonderful~ medicinal and I can't understand why it's not better known unless there's an antifungal/antibacterial conspiracy/ monopoly going on in the USA's medicine world... LOL!

Nuf' from me- I'm still "itchy" from yankin' 17 ticks (some full) off my dog last night, yuk!

-- Wendy Hannum... SE Ohio (, April 25, 2002.

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