Don’t let a mass get your goat

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

If your family includes one goat or several, you know how endearing these small ruminants can be.

Uterine masses are potentially problematic for goats. Some growths can press against the bladder, causing the doe to strain when urinating. Bleeding can be another indicator. And if a uterine mass is cancerous, it can spread to other parts of the body.

Feta, a pygmy doe, was straining when she was brought to the University of Florida Large Animal Hospital. One udder was swollen and painful, and an ultrasound showed a uterine mass. Surgeons were able to remove Feta’s udder and uterus by carefully dissecting the uterus away from her fragile bladder. A urinary catheter kept Feta’s bladder empty while the surgery sites healed.

Thanks to treatment, Feta is back home again, kicking up her heels.