Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Dec 2, 2010 0:23:46 GMT -5
Well long story, but my father in law went in for knee replacement. My husband has been taking care of the cows fed them last night, they were fine went this morning to check on them and found the holstein cow with her legs splayed out she looked like she had been like that for a while. He got her rolled over and in to a good postition. But had to rush off to work he was already late. Came home from work she was still in the same spot. Got the neighbor over there with the tractor, put some hobbles on her lifted her and she couldnt stand she really tried. But just couldnt, we got her loaded in the trailer, brought her home. Dont know what to do with the poor girl. We dont have the tractor here to lift her every day. Is there any chance she will come out of this. Its difficult she has about a 4 month old heifer she was nursing. Dont know what to do for her. Never dealt with this before.
This is what she looked like when he found her this morning. He put bedding under her, before he left.
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Post by Nonesuch Melissa on Dec 2, 2010 3:37:10 GMT -5
I think that for her legs to be at that angulation she certainly might have a broken pelvis. I would guess that this is more than you will probably be able to do but you might want to have the vet check her out.
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That looks very much like she has broken her pelvis. The signs that she was trying to move her left leg, but not her right, are very concerning.
Usually, when a pelvis breaks, the cartilage splits in one or two places. If the area can be stabilized, it can heal, but that is difficult to do with a cow. You would need deep bedding, you would need to keep her back legs hobbled together, and you would need some way to roll her over every day or two.
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Ugly fall. I've seen cows go down like that under a heavy bull, take a minute, roll into a normal laying position and then get up. Had an old Jersey cow, really old, don't know how she fell, and we thought she broke her pelvis. Made her comfortable with heavy bedding, feed and water within her reach. Took her a week to get up. Passed away of old age the next summer.
So... Not always broken but, laying for who knows how long in the cold like that she will certainly be swollen and sore. Can she roll herself back and forth or does she need to be rolled? Most likely tore a bunch of soft tissue. A hungry calf can nurse mom when she is laying down. I don't think I would try to lift her, might do more damage than good right now.
Heavy bedding, and a heavy blanket over her back end to keep her hips warm. Some vets have portable x-ray machines and that would tell you if her pelvis is broken. Otherwise I don't know of any way to tell about the pelvis.
If she doesn't seem to be in any pain, can roll herself over and is eating and drinking, I think I would give her a few days and see what she does. How awful it must have been for your hubby to find her that way.
Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Dec 2, 2010 11:26:21 GMT -5
At the very least I would go get a bottle of Banamine and give her 12cc once a day for the next 4 or five days to reduce the pain and swelling. Everybody elses ideas are good too.
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Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Dec 4, 2010 16:47:01 GMT -5
She is still in the trailer with hay and water. She turns herself and resituates her self. She is my Father in laws cow. He just got home from the hospital from getting his knee replaced. He wanted to give her a couple days to see if she can recoup and get up. If not we will process her for beef. Its really sad she is a really nice cow with a beautiful udder. Had a beautiful half mini Jersey heifer this year. She is still hobbled.
do you have hobbles on her? alot of times even when damage is done, if you can keep her from re-injuring herself they can heal. we have a 7 yearold holstein that split badly on concrete, it took a few days for her to stand on her own, but she's doing just fine now and I don't think we'll remove those hobbles until spring.
Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Dec 11, 2010 21:44:29 GMT -5
Well she went down hill quit shifting from side to side. Wouldnt move at all. So my husband put her down today and buried her at the field. Pretty sure her hip was broke. Really sad she was a very nice cow.
Post by WoodSpryte Farm/Tiffany on Dec 11, 2010 22:40:51 GMT -5
im sorry as well.. I am glad you didnt make her suffer tho.. dang cows and ice.. just not a good combo.
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Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Dec 12, 2010 4:09:31 GMT -5
Thanks for all of your help. I really appreciate everyones helpful insight, my father in law is kinda upset. My husband had a hard time putting her down. His first cow he has had to put down. She was very sweet I couldnt bare to look at her she had such a gentle nature, and just wanted someone to help, but she was truely suffering. I wish there was more we could have done for her. But I guess things always work out like they should. Thanks again everyone, dont know what I would do with out you guys. Heather
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