Soremouth is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Kids with the virus develop very sore blisters around their nose and mouth. In addition, the kids may spread the disease to their mother’s teats. Anytime you handle kids with soremouth, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly so that you do not contract the disease. Soremouth is a disease that normally does not need treated. Simply allow the disease to run its course. You should watch does carefully to be sure they allow kids to nurse in the event they develop sores on the teats.
If the doe does not allow the kids to nurse, you may need to treat her teats with an ointment to help the sores heal quicker. If the udder becomes swollen from excess milk, you may also need to relieve the pressure by stripping some of the milk out of the udder. Soremouth generally clears up in two to three weeks. Vaccines are also available for prevention, but must be used with extreme caution to prevent spreading the disease to other kids or humans.