Ugh so we're having some bad luck here lately. Our best milker had gone into ketosis. We gave Vit B injection & did the molasses drench. Problem is she jerked when my husband started the drench & some went down the wrong tube. She's doing some coughing. Mostly standing around with her head hanging. Breathing shallow & quickly. My husband is beating himself up as this was the first time we did a drench. Ugh. Can anyone tell me what I should do now? Call a vet? let it ride? Merck vet manual said to treat any animal with broad spectrum antibiotic before you see signs of aspiration pneumonia, in any animal you know inhaled a foreign substance. Thanks in advance for your help!
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2011 19:08:34 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
We've had a lot of issues with ketosis too with our first cow. Hopefully the vet can come out and give her some IV meds, dextrose, dexamethasone, and B vitamins and maybe one treatment will be enough for her. Don't let your husband beat himself up. Remind him that having animals is always a learning process and you do what you can and learn as you go. That's what everyone does. It doesn't always go as we plan or as we hope, but you learn and next time he will do better as he and you gain confidence and knowledge. Good luck!
Thank you. The vet said even if the whole quart we drenched went into her lungs, it isn't enough to drown her. A bucket worth yes, but not a quart. That made hubby feel better & she certainly didn't get it all in her lungs. Vets are coming out this morning to IV for her ketosis. Lesson learned: make sure you don't run out of Keto Gel. UGHHHHHH. Thankfully we had at least gotten her Vit B in. She's still not eating this morning. Thanks for the encouragement.
As for learning process...definitely is! I've had beef cows all my life, but this dairy is a whole new ball game. :-)
I got stuff down the wrong pipe with Molly, she ended up spewing it all over ME! Their lungs are pretty strong and seem to be able to clear out fairly well. The head hanging is likely just the ketosis not pneumonia. Put anything in front of her you can to get her to take nibbles. She needs food so keep trying. I hope the vet can turn it around. Ketosis sure is hard to handle.
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