Dh just got back from the vet and dehorning our (2) 1 1/2yr old heifers...oh my goodness. Ok.... Aside from the blood (eek), what do I need to be doing for the next few days with them? I think I posted on them a while back, about getting them and having this done....someone mentioned (thankyou!) to keep them seperated for a bit from the rest of the herd. What else? One is looking really good actually...hardly any blood on her face, but Lady...there is a fine spray of blood shooting out about a foot from her head. Vet said it was nothing to worry about, could go on all night? Its a bit chilly today...wondering if I should put a heat lamp in their stalls to keep them at least somewhat cozy through the night. I cant believe how much I hate things like this with the animals...had dh take them, I just couldnt Mary
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Post by DostThouHaveMilk on Oct 19, 2005 18:49:18 GMT -5
Why in the world did they leave bleeders in?! Our vet's assistant made it a point to pull all the bleeders. They shouldn't be shooting blood anymore. Ours were given bonnets. Do your's have bonnets? the bonnets were put on after what was most likely soem blood stop. We were to cut the string on the bonnets after 24 hours, maybe and then they were supposed to fall off ina week. I can't remember. Hopefully dad will post later. I've only seen three done here and the school had four cows done but it was an ameture doing them and they had to be sprayed because they were infected. *sigh* Makes me thankful for Joe. Keep them seperated from the herd for a few days. Keep them quiet and calm. Watch for infection. If they don't stop bleeding get ahold of your vet again. They shouldn't still be bleeding like taht. Oozing is normal. A little trickle, sure, but spraying blood? No.
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The spraying blood doesn't sound like a good thing. I would keep them seperate and calm- no heat lamp, cool is better because then the flies don't come by and cause problems with maggots. That and heat lamp plus things like dried grass products equals fire hazard .
Claire, to give a better description on the spray...picture a water ballon with a hole in it...that is about the amount and flow. What would you do in this situation? Thank you for the thoughts on the heat lamp, ect. I will go out now, see how they are doing...gotta go milk anyway... Mary
Just checked on them...the spirting has stopped, thought there is still blood flow...it is pulsing out a bit, definately not gushing though. Gosh guys, at what point should I call the vet? No on the bonnets...never heard of them, and the vet didnt mention it at all. Wish I had known about them Mary
Well, it finally stopped bleeding, what a relief...took about 6 hrs. We finally called around, nowon had any stop-bleed, but one guy that was in the dairy biz for 20yrs said to put flour around it a bit. Took about an hour, but it seems to have done the trick. Just hoping there wont be any reprecusions from using it Thanks guys, what a stressful night... Mary
When we bought our steer he had been dehorned 2 days prior----ewww. That was what made my decision to either disbud at birth or leave them with horns (Dexters horns get to about 6"). He had gaping wounds for weeks, sometimes they would ooze, sometimes they had hay in them. When I talked to the breeder we got him from she calmly advised me to leave them alone. She was right, they heal from the inside out and even if it does not look like anything is closing up, it really was. If you have to put a wound spray on then use that, otherwise keep them as healthy and unstressed as possible and let the natural healing take place. Glad the bleeding stopped!
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Post by hazelsmilker on Oct 20, 2005 20:31:35 GMT -5
We had a two-year Dexter cow dehorned once. It was gruesome at first, but she healed up fine. While she was healing we put her hay in the trough under her hay rack instead of in her hay rack as usual. This kept the leaves, etc. out of the wounds. I recall irrigating the wounds a few times with a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. You can get some drainage from sinuses that looks horrible even while the healing is proceeding as it should. It is traumatic for the cow; we now disbud our calves early. Try to set things up for your heifers so their wounds stay clean. (My vet has a story about the cow with grass growing from her head.) Try to stay relaxed; we found this traumatic for the cow owners as well as the cow! Healing will proceed naturally.
The spray of blood actually is normal and although icky, and it decorates everything with lines of splattered blood, most heal without incident just left alone. During fly season we put a thick fly repent directly on the dehorned area. We do so many that a bonnet on each would be cost prohibitive -boxes of bonnets a year...
If there is an infection or maggot infestation then open up the end of the horn stump with a knife in the middle. Bubble everything out with 10-20 mls of 3% hydrogen peroxide and then squirt in a TODAY or TOMORROW teat inusion antibiotic tube.
You guys, I cant tell you how thankful I am for the advice here...I dont know what I would do without you all!! Midge, I think what the vet did (we werent there for the actual taking off part) was to cotterize them..but I dont think he really cotterized the 2nd heifer well...thus the bleeding. She seems to be doing fine now...but I have a few questions to run past you all... One...its been chilly here (which is good, no flies!) but...Im wondering about the chilly wind hitting the area where the horns were? That hole..doesnt it lead to the sinus cavity, and if so...would it be bad to have a cold breeze blow in there? (Im thinking I would get a serious headache or something?) Second...that hole there...how in the world does that close up? Does it all the way? I didnt realize that there would be a hole there...I was picturing just a little dip in her skull for a bit..but this...goodness, you can see right in. I dont know if I will ever do this again. I suppose you have to go through it to know what I mean. Though...I will be honest, on the flip side, when they came home, I instantly felt more at ease around them... Thinking I will forever stay with dehorned animals... Mary
We don't usually do anything except dehorn. Sometimes each cow gets only a couple of min. to have the vet, Friday we did 72 w/TB, Brucelosis, health check & pregnancy confirmations, maybe 2 hrs tops including the internal preg check ............... the cost of 2 hrs of the vets time divided by the number processed has to be added to the cost price and there is not a large profit margin in cattle.
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