We held out hope for a long time that Nougat’s damaged udder half would heal, but obviously at this point it was dead. The skin is drying out, but some fluid is seeping through. The smell of necrotizing tissue is very strong.
Nougat’s left udder half continues to dry and has now started to separate from the healthy tissue.
David starts calling her “San Andreas” as the “fault line” continues to move between living and dead udder halves.
The dead udder half is starting to detach along the “fault line”. We have started spraying the division with warm water to keep it clean and to help loosen the tissue to expedite the process. Surprisingly there is little problem with flies and other insects getting on her, probably due to the fact that the dead half is fairly dried out. The necrotic smell is still quite noticeable.
The tissue is now hanging quite differently. But even though it looks like the dead half is breaking away, there is still a lot of attachment between the two halves higher up.
The hide is starting to peel away from the dead, inside, udder tissue. The dead half is still working on detaching.
View from the rear
The healthy half is doing well. Yearling Nougat is milking almost half a gallon a day from the good side and enjoying coming into the milking parlor.
View from behind with her left leg pulled forward
The healthy half is getting bigger, the dead half is still drying, shrinking, and detaching.
The smell is getting worse and most of the dead tissue has detached but is still hanging by a few connections. We are concerned about infection setting in so we go ahead and cut off the dead udder half to allow us to keep an eye on the new tissue and keep it clean. We are spraying the new tissue with Granulex and Wheat Germ Oil to promote healing.
This is the inside of the removed udder half. The creamy colored area is dead udder tissue, the brown part is dried (and dirty) hide.
The outside of the removed udder half. The teat is in the top left hand area of the picture.
Day 41: Nougat is making great progress. Most of the remaining dead tissue has sloughed off and the raw area is healing nicely.
Day 64: Nougat is healing well. Occasionally she will hurt the delicate pink tissue and end up bleeding, but the blood looks much more dramatic than it really is. We are still washing the area twice a day and applying Wheat Germ Oil in the morning and Granulex in the evening. Nougat has been a real trooper through this whole ordeal.
Day 103: Nougat continues to do great. She is a real sweetheart and loves her time in the milking parlor.