Post by Laura G in Idaho on Jul 1, 2010 10:07:48 GMT -5
My cow ingested a string of baling twine yesterday afternoon. There was a small part still hanging out of her mouth, but I was too late by the time I got to her and couldn't pull it out. What, if anything, can I do to help her? How long could this take to pass through? What are the early signs of obstruction from this? How long will I have from the time I notice that she's having trouble with it until it's too late and she dies? I called the vet, and through the receptionist, I was told there's nothing I can do, except surgery to remove it. I don't want to put her through that unless absolutely necessary. She is a younger cow (nearly 4 years old, bred just over 3 weeks ago), and very valuable to me. The reason she got the twine was that I didn't follow-up when my 8 yr old daughter fed her. There was twine thrown into the pasture with the hay. Ohh, I could just kick myself. I lost a calf from eating twine about 4 months ago, so you would think I'd know better and be more careful.
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2010 17:14:46 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
I would just wait and see if it bothers her. You never know if it will pass or not. I've heard of cows dying of old age and their carcasses show a ball of twine in the stomach. So they can obviously live through it. If she's feeling off you may have to deal with it at a later point. It's good to hear from you Laura, you should give us an update, too.
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I am told baling twine doesn't pass through, it just sits there. A little bit won't necessarily cause problems...but it's cumulative. A local dairy lost a cow to diarrhea (Johne's like symtoms) and when they opened her up, she was full of twine.
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Laura she may pass it, after I got Cana I found a piece of twine with sand on it so I new it was Cana who had passed it so good luck Suzanne
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Post by Multi-taskingmom on Jul 1, 2010 17:05:01 GMT -5
We once had a horse eat a piece of baling twine. Didn't know it till we saw it hanging out the other end and had to pull it the rest of the way out - I know Too Much Information, but just wanted to tell you that sometimes it does pass in some animals. We've also had some interesting times with a cat and tinsel - we don't use tinsel on our tree anymore and a dog that ate a plastic bag - she used to sneak into the garbage - she was starved almost to death before we got her, so it was just a way of survival for her.
I know that cows digestive systems are different, but did want to give you some hope that sometimes it all comes out in the end.
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They can pass it.I have seen coiled up twine in a heap of dung before.I once had a yearling with a bowel obstruction[very distended abdo,straining to poo & in pain]thought he must have eaten string.I gave him 3cups of oil & it fixed him.This will also fix bloat[similar symptoms].I would not worry until you have to ,as nothing may happen.
Post by Laura G in Idaho on Jul 9, 2010 12:40:44 GMT -5
Unfortunately, it was plastic. I haven't seen any farmers out here selling hay baled with sisal. All of them use the orange plastic twine. I would grow my own hay, but I don't have the land, equipment, and time.
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