Thursday, June 27, 2013

She Had Milk Fever

Yesterday's fresh cow turned into today's downer cow. Sometimes cows that have recently calved get what is called "milk fever." the treatment is to administer calcium. Upon seeing her down this morning we gave her an oral tube of calcium gel. We waited and finished milking. When she still had not gotten up we went ahead and gave her an calcium solution by iv. This is just like a human would be given an iv.

The good news as you can see from the photo is that she got up on her own and began grazing. We'll keep her away from other cows for a few days to minimize the chance of one of them pushing her and knocking her down. Hopefully in a few days she will be fully recovered.

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