Hi to all, This is my first post to this board. I've read the various threads on mastitis, but would like some guidance for my specific situation. May 2006: We purchased 3 lamanchas (yearling doe in milk and doeling and wether sibling pair)two years ago. We got them primarily as pets and brush clearers and planned to breed/milk in the future when we have more time. The doe that was in milk was producing on one side and her kid had died. The family said they were going to send her to slaughter and they had not been milking her regularly. One side was small, unproductive and the teat was hardly developed. Upon a vets recommendation, we gave her penicillin. She also had two doses of naxcel for a laceration to her leg and then another vet recommended treating her with tommorrow and drying her off and then retreating with tomorrow several weeks later. That's what we did and everything resolved, the udder evened out, the teat developed, and there didn't seem to be a lot of scar tissue. Everyone thought she'd be fine to breed. June 2008: Friday before last we noticed that side was swollen and was hard. I took her to a vet who diagnosed mastitis. He said it wouldn't be possible to know the type unless we cultured and prescribed twin penn, 5cc evry 48 hours for 8 days. He also gave her an infusion of cephlosporin. I asked if I shouldn't milk out the crud and give additional infusions and he said no. I'd read in several places that naxcel was the drug of choice for mastitis, so I don't know why I didn't speak up then and also insist on a culture. I called back the following Monday and asked about the culture, and if we shouldn't switch to Naxcel. He said not until she'd finished the course of penicillin. I was confused as to why there would be a problem now, but on Wednesday I found a laceration of about 1/2" on the teat. It probably happened while she was out foraging in the woods and then infection set in. She didn't act sick or quit eating but she did feel like she had a fever. Don't know how long it had been going on before we discovered it...She's had 5 doses of the penicillin and the swelling and pain had subsided significantly. I began last Wednesday massaging with a medicated udder salve (from Fiasco Farm) twice each day. I also went ahead Saturday and Sunday and milked out the udder. This caused the size of the udder to reduce even more and now it is much smaller than the other side. I still feel some hard places, but can't tell if they are cysts or scarring. I have a tube of tomorrow on hand from the last go-round. My questions: 1. Should I take her back to the vet for a culture? Can you get a reliable reading once the animal has been on meds? 2. Something has caused the swelling and hardness to resolve- was it the penicillin or more likely the cephlosporin? Should I give her a couple more shots of the penn or try to get some Naxcel? If the vet doesn't want to give it to me, can I puchase it on-line? 3. Should I give her one or more treatments of tomorrow? Or, use another brand? 4. Keep cleaning out the udder? I feel that maybe I've lost valuable time and hope that it isn't too late to save the udder. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.