Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Aug 2, 2009 0:11:32 GMT -5
My yearling Jersey heifer Sally, has a big lump on her jaw. We have her out to pasture. So she is with a bunch of other cows. But it is as big as a baseball, and kinda sits on one side more then the other. We coundn't see any type of abrasion so I dont think its an abcess. Does anyone know what this might be. I didnt have my camera, so I dont have pictures. Oh and she recently has had some of those cow warts on her face too. Besides these problems she is fat and gaining, and she should be bred to our mini jersey bull for a calf in March. Our pasture is about an hour away so we only get out there once or twice a week. If I have to I can herd her up and bring her home. Thanks in advacne
In an animal of that age it's probably an abcess. You don't have to see anything externally and most times you won't anyway. Take a look at the cow problems post in the TOK, there's several pictures of abcesses and lumpy jaw.
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Could be bottle jaw, if it is soft edema under the jaw itself, which means that she needs deworming. If it is hard and sore for her most likely lumpy jaw or an abcess. If an abcess and you feel that you can it is better to lance it than to treat first with antibiotics. Antibiotics will prevent it draining properly if taken before lancing. Liz
Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Aug 2, 2009 13:30:33 GMT -5
The lump was under her jaw beteween the two jaw bones, you could see it move when she would move her head so it is not hard. She looks great otherwise, We will round her up and bring her home just to make sure she is ok. She is just 14 months old. We havent wormed her since we have owned her so I am sure she needs it. we will try that. It looked really soft, we are going out there to check on them again today and we will take a closer look. Thanks for all the help.
Post by blessedfarm on Aug 2, 2009 20:54:43 GMT -5
yup, my guess would be bottle jaw, from your last description. I'd do at least a two round deworming, once, then again within 10-14 days. Some folks will do this three times, before they'll call it good, if it's bad enough to bring on bottle jaw. The reason is to catch anything that hatches after the adults are killed off by the dewormer, each time, as the dewormers don't effect the eggs. The critter will just be reinfested, as bad, if not worse, the next time around, if not hit again.
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