Monday during evening chores I discovered a sensitive spot on Trish, Tomas’s mother. Whenever I feed the goats I generally hug them, rub necks, and massage their rumen, petting them all over out of my sheer joy of getting to work with them. When I was petting Trish, she pulled away from me when I touched the area just inside her right hip.
Upon further examination I found a small bump I first assumed was a swollen lymph node. Annie said that was probable as they all might still be dealing with the shot we had given them the previous week. When I checked the other goats I discovered the same lump but only on some of them. Tilly had the bump on her left side with the addition of a scab. This fact changed our hypothesis from lymph node to blowfly.
Etta Mae had some sort of blowfly several months ago that appeared as a bump and scab. When Annie broke the scab she was able to see the larvae. But when we broke Tilly’s scab we didn’t see anything. Trish had a very small scab compared to Tilly’s that revealed nothing as well. We brought all the patients—Trish, Tilly, Pinky, and Lana—into the milk room one-by-one to trim the hair around the bump to have a better look.
Blowfly is still the best conclusion, but there is not much we can do now other than to dust the area with diatomaceous earth, hoping the little bugger eats it, and to treat the exit wound with acidophilus to prevent infection after the insect breaks out and departs.
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of Mysterious Bumps—same blowfly time, same blowfly channel.