Post by berriesncream on Jul 27, 2011 11:25:59 GMT -5
My 3 month old Brown Swiss/Angus heifer, Stella, has a swollen navel. She seems fine otherwise, eating, drinking, playing. We did use iodine on her naval at birth. She is with two other calves and they do seem to suck on each other, so wondering if this could have caused a sore, then infection . . . It feels full, like a full udder, not hard, like a solid mass. The vet is actually coming tomorrow for something else, so we'll have him look at her, but wanted to see what ya'll thought.
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Post by robsrarebreeds on Jul 27, 2011 11:33:25 GMT -5
Since you did dip the navel I think that it is probably a hernia. Your vet can do a hernia repair but the procedure can be expensive. That is my thoughts. :). She is a beautiful heifer and I wish you luck with her!
Post by jerseyrose on Jul 27, 2011 14:04:19 GMT -5
I had a foal years ago with the same thing. Umbilical Hernia would be my guess.
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My guess would be hernia ...even if you didn't dip the navel.
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If you can squish all that back inside her abdomen, then it's probably a hernia. Here's an old timers way to fix it - stuff a ball that's slightly larger than the hole (tennis ball? soft ball?) up against the mass once you've pushed it all back in. Then tape the snot out of it, so that it goes around her whole ribcage several times. The idea is that the ball causes enough irritation that the hernia will eventually close back up on it's own. This could take weeks. You will have a heifer with a lot of funky hair loss from the tape, but that should grow back! Your vet could also maybe sedate her, and just run a few strong loops of suture through the two sides of the opening, pulling them together. It will most likely heal that way too. I've had critters with some pretty awful hernias heal up on their own with NO work from me at all, so this isn't a really big deal. It could be genetic though, so you might not want to use her for making replacement heifers in the future . . . .
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