I came home after being gone for half the day and my cow got out and ate about 25lbs of grain and a bale of really rich hay. She is pregnant and acting normal right now. Her belly is much bigger than it was this morning but she did eat a ton of food.
Any ideas on preventing bloat?? I'm freaking out quite a bit as I lost a goat to bloat last year.
Get a cup of baking soda down her ASAP, however you need to do it. Your chief concern right now is acidosis - the baking soda will help with that.
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You can put more out for her to eat free choice. If you have the little boxes I'd start with a whole box and refill as necessary.
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Post by kentuckymomma on Mar 27, 2013 20:54:31 GMT -5
Hoping your cow is ok!
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Take a deep breath. Is this the grain she usually eats? And is it high in fiber? If it is, and it is, and she has free access to water, you might be okay. 25 pounds is not the 50 pound bag my handy steer found and consumed to my horror about four years ago, with no ill affects except a lot of laying around. I've seen cows chomp through bushels of apples that would pretty much destroy a horse...with no ill affects. However, I have heard the lactic acid can cause problems with the rumen, and thus allow bacterial damage in under a worst case scenario. If it were me, I'd keep an eye on her. Any change in manure?
hope your cow is ok! reminds me of the time my husbands dumb horse broke into the barn and ate a 50lb bag of horse feed 20lbs of puppy chow and a bunch of hay. luckaly after 2 days at the vet he was OK!
Our shetland pony used to eat dog food every chance he could get, even knocking the dog away to get it. They do say there is more grain than meat in commercial dog food.
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