As long as she is drinking and eating I wouldn't give up home. Sherry's cow Camelia was down for months and recovered. Remember she hasn't been using those legs for a week, combined with her weight they are probably very week at this stage. Get her up, keep the weight off her legs, and rub them all over, let the blood flow, let her move them, and then see if she can support her weight.
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Thanks for the ray of hope, we don't want to give up on her. Her pasture mate (Scarlett) loves her too. Last night I went out to tuck her in for the night and her head, face and neck was all wet from her bath from Scarlett. She had licked her face, top of her head into a little mohawk, and her neck. It was a little gross, but I knew she meant "I love you Sassy."
Update today, we hooked her up again to the loader and lifted her. We tried to keep her up a little longer today, about 8 minutes. She put maybe 25% of her weight on her hind feet and none on her front legs at all. We rubbed her legs for a while, trying to get the blood flowing. Still eating hay and drinking. I tried to imagine what else a physical therapist might do with a human invalid, her front feet were kinked up, I tried rubbing them and pushing her knee straight. I don't know, she isn't able to do much to help at all. It seems like yesterday, she didn't want to use her back legs but would put more weight on her front legs.
Try using some Bigeloil liquid gel when you rub her down. Mine was down for 6 months and that is what I used. It helps warm up the joints, tendons and muscles. Once warmed up, they become more flexable. It's kindof like cow bengay. It really helped mine.
OK, sounds like a plan. Do I look for it at TSC? 6 months! Oh my. Did you lift her and if so how often? Bless your heart for hanging in there that long. It has been 12 days for Sassy and everyone around here with cows just shakes their head that I am wasting my time. I appreciate your giving me hope. Her front feet were really cold, like they had no circulation, I have used bengay but there doesn't seem to be enough heat there for a cow. She crawls all over though, and usually shifts her own weight from side to side.
Any farm supply store should carry it. My girl bloated in mid Dec. several years ago. She went down and in trying to stand slammed into the side of the barn and caused nerve damage in her rear end. After 2 weeks of tending her 24/7 , rolling her, keeping a bon fire going, and tending to her every need, Our weather turned so we rolled her onto our dump truck tailgate and pulled her into the barn runway. Thankfully I have doors on both ends of my barn. Oh, and I got the same shaking of heads from every one I know, even my vet. After about a week in the barn she was roling herself and crawling from one end of the barn to the other. My barn is 48 ft. long. She recieved daily massages and joint working and flexing.
We never lifted her. We were worried about doing more damage than good since we did not have a proper cow lift. She seemed to be moving around a lot so we let nature take it's course. We did not realize it at the time, but she was pregnant. When the weather got better I started leaving the barn door open for her and one morning went out and found her standing, a bit wobbly, but standing outside the barn door grazing. Nerve damage is a funny thing. She healed about 80%, delivered a beautiful heifer calf and raised her and one other calf along side her own. After that she was retired, and lived the good life until arthritis got the better of her and we had to have her put to sleep after the first of the year. She was 14.
She was our Miracle cow and I'm sure the exception to all the rules. As long as she wasn't giving up, then neither was I, no matter what any one else said. I have never once looked back on my experience, or the choices I made with regret.
I am new to cows. My Jersey. Ruth, is 6 mos old. I read and absorb everything I can on this forum to prepare for her life with my family. I have had horses for many years. I have used a certified equine massage therapist for my horses when they were in pain. I was skeptical at first then amazed at the results. I was just wondering if an equine message therapist might help your girl. You might be able to find one in your area willing to massage a cow. My horses have felt better (less pain meds) and recovery time quicker after a 1hr massage sessions. The feedback from what the therapist felt helped me help my horse. I apologize if this suggestion sound a bit crazy, but I would try it for my Ruth.
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Welcom auntt!! I agree 100% - a massage therapist might be able to offer significant help. I've never used one, but my Aunt is certified and has impressive stories of horses healing after an injury. I'd give it a try if it were an option!
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I don't even have my cow yet- she is coming in a week, but as a practicing massage therapist I can give you a few pointers. Starting at the top of her legs massage in an upward 'kneading' manner kindof like you are pulling and stretching taffy. Use your whole hand in a C shape- like you are holding a cup and with hands on either side alternate pressure. HOpe this makes sense. Then as you get the blood flowing upward at the top of the leg, continue stroking upward while moving down the leg slowly. Just like cars getting off a ferry, you want to stimulate the blood flow upward at the top first. Don't put much pressure on the leg with any downward strokes- just lighter but still firm strokes down, then deeper strokes back up. Once you have worked down the legs you can make long sweeping strokes up the leg in a brisker fashion to encourage more circulation. A vascular flush would help as well. Get a large rice bag- if you don't have one, fill up some larger socks with rice, tie them off- then pop them in the microwave until they are hot. You don't want to put a HOT rice bag on her- just very very warm, but by the time you get them out to her they will have cooled a bit. Also get a bucket of ice water. Then put the moist heat on her for 1 minute, then a towel of the ice water squeezed out for 3 minutes, another 1 min hot, 3 minutes cold, 1 more hot, then end on cold- unless her temp is down, then maybe end on hot. This stimulates her circulation in and out of the leg. I think doing some 'bicycle pumps' with her legs would be helpful too. Remember lying on your back with your bottom in the air and pumping your legs in circles? Make her legs extend foward, then circle back, etc. Will add anything as I think of it. My thoughts are with you!!!
Bonnie, I have been away from this site for a while and just found your post. As said earlier, my cow Camelia went down TWICE under two totally different circumstances. She was down for 3 weeks the first time and over 4 weeks the second time. If your cow is eating, drinking and feeling good, then she is ahead of the game. Give her whatever she wants to eat. Good nutrition and treats will help. Keep the carbs, hay, water and vitamin rich foods coming her way. If she has an injury, getting up too soon will be a mistake. She needs time to heal. Camelia wanted to get up and she knew when it was time to start trying. Scooting around is a good sign. Watch her though, when she is in her "scooting" phase as she can get herself into some dangerous predicaments.
It is awful not knowing why your cow is down. You feel so helpless. I wouldn't worry too much about lifting her. I only lifted Camelia once the first time and none the second time and she was fine. The advice on this site is priceless!
Thanks Sherry, your cow is rather famous on this site. I think so many people have learned from you. We lifted her again today, and I think it was the last time we will for a while. She just doesn't have any strength. I did massage the heck out of her front legs and some on her back legs. We got them underneath her and she put a little bit of weight on them. She has lost a lot of weight, she seems in good spirts though, loves to have attention and treats like bread and cookies. They seem to lose some of their dignity when they are down, I am worried she is going to give up.
She is still the same, tonight she was really crawling around, it is so weird how she can do that. Does anyone think Banamine would be worth trying? I have some but I am hesitant to give it to her because it seems like it lowers their temp and also it does something to the stomach (irritates it). Just a thought, I wish there was some magic cure. Or, hopefully I am not missing the boat.
How is your girl doing tonight? Hope things are looking up. I can't answer about the banamine but maybe someone else can chime in here. I just wanted you to know I was thinking about you and wondering if she is UP yet?
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She is not up yet. Today her udder is kind of full, like edema? It isn't really hard feeling, but she has dried up for the most part and now she is getting full again, I am wondering about doing an infusion to be safe, she doesn't need an infection to fight also. She is crawling around more vigorously, kicking at me when I touch her udder, which she couldn't move her legs hardly at all before, she is moving her front legs more freely now too. We cut some fresh hay and gave her some, she loves it and I am hoping she doesn't bloat, it is rich grass hay, but very green. It must be full of nutrients and calories so I want to try and give her a boost without killing her off.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
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alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
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Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
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mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
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steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
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highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
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