Udder Oedema

  • Accumulation of excess fluid in udder and sometimes in the belly around calving time.
  • Mainly due to  increased blood flow to  udder against decrease flow from udder and increased permeability of blood vessels in the udder.
  • More prevalent in high producing animals especially heifers.
  • Udder is not    painful or  hot  and should not  to  be confused with clinical mastitis.
  • Predisposing factors may be genetic, nutritional, obesity, lack of exercise.
  • May become chronic and persist throughout lactation.
  • Veterinarian may be consulted if the oedema interferes with milking the animal.