Friday, December 21, 2012

Sleepless, but not in Seattle



I barely slept last night. Way too much coffee late in the day and a sick heifer that really had me worried. Dublin dumped twin 45-day embryos on the floor on her way into the barn, the other night, then went off feed last night, began to act as if she was in intermittent pain, and just wasn't right. 

She was making no manure at all and looked pretty bulgy around the middle regions...although that could have been from munching on the giant round bales they are getting fed outdoors.

Ears were a little cold too.

So, we gave her pink pills...if you have cows you'll know what those are, if you don't, think giant Pepto Bismol tablets....a magnet, and a RumenAider. /

Then I worried about her all night. We would have had the vet for her today if she wasn't a lot better.

I didn't want to even go the barn this morning  and neither did the boss. However, with much trepidation, I fed my kitties and went in to check on her. The massive pile of hay we had fed her was mostly gone. Her water pail was empty. Best of all, behind her was a big pile of just what you expect and hope to see behind a cow in the morning (and if ever you don't it is not good news).

We repeated yesterday's treatment regimen, except for the magnet...one is enough of those...and kept her inside to stay warmer and drier because she still isn't quite 100%. It is my belief that she had hardware disease and the magnet did its job last night.

Either way, her improvement did a lot to brighten my day. Hopefully she continues her path to an uneventful recovery. And if she backslides, we do have a wonderful vet.....

6 comments:

joated said...

Here's hoping Dublin continues to improve. Too bad about losing her twins, however.

Sandcastle Momma said...

I'm glad to hear that Dublin is doing so much better! It is sad about the twins though. I had to go read your other post about magnets. I had no earthly idea! In fact I thought cows were picky and wouldn't eat anything besides whatever they are supposed to eat (my ignorance is really showing now lol) And the idea of slingshotting something into a cow's mouth - well that's just not something I would have ever thought of. I pictured putting bovine medicine in a treat like for a dog lol This is one of the reasons I love your blog - I learn something new all of the time!

Rev. Paul said...

That's good news about Dublin. I hope she keeps getting better.

Cathy said...

TC . . .

. . just amazed . . the work . . the concern . .

I can imagine how sweet the moments of relief from serious concern can be . .

Terry and Linda said...

Gosh sorry about the twins, but HOORAY for the improvement of the cow. I hope she keeps on improving!!

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threecollie said...

Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. So far so good with Dublin. Hopefully she will feel well enough to breed back. She is a good young cow and should be able to come back from this.