I recently noticed that Buttercup has a few warts on her bag. I found them when one of them broke open while I was cleaning her prior to milking and I saw blood on the towel. I looked at her calf who is now 10 months old and she has one by her eye and some speckles of them on her nose right on the edge. I checked my books and they said that it is a virus that usually starts with the calf and that eventually they will go away. I just wonder why the calf would get them when she is almost a year old. Anybody else have warts on their cows and did they eventually go away and did they cause any problems? Janet
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Post by springcreek on Mar 17, 2008 11:26:14 GMT -5
I have one cow with warts. The warts usually dry up eventually and go away without causing problems. She, unfortunately, developed a very large wart mass at the base of one of her teats. It interferes with the inflation during milking, so it's a big annoyance. I've been using a cream called Wartsoff on it. It's certainly not a cure, but it seems to be expediting the death of the wart. I've been trimming the mass back as it dries out. It's a slow process.
Warts are very contagious. Your calf likely got them by rubbing her nose against your cow's udder. Though it's not a surefire way to prevent warts, I'm considering vaccinating the others as a preventative.
We have one heifer with a wart above her left eye. I did a bunch of research about it a few months ago, and came to the conclusion that it tends to be a problem of younger animals. It's very contagious, but not harmful, and it is self-limiting. Most warts eventually dry up and fall off, just as those in people do (usually after about 3 years in people...don't know about in cattle). Most older adult cows are immune to them already. There is some kind of innoculation, but I'm not too keen on those for more serious things, so I definitely wasn't interested in using them for something this innocuous. However, that did bring to mind the fact that Thuja is a wonderful homeopathic wart treatment! I just remembered it! lol. I think I'll take some out and put in the communal water trough just now! My husband swears by the stuff!
Vit A is very good for the skin. It has really helped me in the past when I get skin irritations from having Lupus. You need to be careful not to take too much though if you are pregnant or think you could be because it can cause birth defects.
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Post by buxombeefcowdairy on Mar 17, 2008 20:03:03 GMT -5
We get occasional warts in the beef cattle. The warts are a problem if they grow on an udder, or for a bull, on the end of his penis. They can cause pain and lead to a bull not serving a cow. Even if he's happy to oblige, he will not pass a veterinarian's Breeding Soundness Exam with a wart on his penis. Usually you just cut the wart off and check him in a couple of weeks, and he'll be ok.
Warts grow because the cow's immune system does not recognize the wart as something to 'fight'. Cutting off a wart can sometimes stimulate this to happen, but generally after a while their immune system will fight it anyway.
We had a yearling heifer get a wart in her ear, it was pretty ugly and it grew to the size of an orange. It made her ear hang down just a little bit. We didn't do anything about it, and I think it was the process of developing colostrum for her first calf that her immune system finally did something about it, it is going away now.
Wart vaccine is basically composed of other cattle's warts, injected to 'teach' the immune system to fight the virus. It does work ok, but really the warts generally go away anyway with time.
The vitamin A and E certainly won't hurt anything, and if they do stimulate some sort of healing response, they may very well stimulate the immune system too.
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If your cow has warts on her teats, a treatment that we have had very good luck with is dip the affected teats with Blueing. The blueing you can use in your laundry. When my dad farmed, we did that, and took care of the warts.
Young horses also will pick up warts. I've heard it recommended that you use a pliers to crush one of them and it will trigger the immune system. Once they've "defeated" the warts, they shouldn't come back. Karen
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