Tuesday, June 11, 2013

When No One but the Vet Will Do

We are lucky enough to have an outstanding one...well, actually several, but everybody has favorites.

Last night Lakota finally looked as if she might have her calf. Everybody got up by turns to check her all night.

No dice. No calf either.

Early this morning was my turn. One look and I knew something was seriously wrong. Don't know how to explain to you how you just KNOW, but you do, even if the cow is just standing there looking dopey with her tail up.

We waited until milking time, still no calf, no feet, no nothing. The boss examined her and couldn't determine what was going on, so we called our veterinarian.

Within minutes after arriving she had diagnosed a twisted uterus, which she then proceeded to straighten out without any of the boards, ropes, barnyard rodeo and such that have accompanied every other similar case we have dealt with. 

A few minutes with obstetrical chains and a detorsion bar (did I get that right?) and she and the boss were pulling a huge bull calf unhindered by the twist.

It has come to be where I just can't deal when things are wrong with animals. I worry myself sick. This was just such a case. I'm so thankful that when we need a professional we have someone who can come in and do wonders like this.

Hopefully the old cow...she is 12...will spring back and do well. At least she is up and eating the nice hay my dear brother and his lovely family brought down this morning....


joated said...

So nice to hear that everything came out alright in the end. (Sorry about that phrasing!)

May both calf and his momma be hale and healthy.

Rev. Paul said...

joated's twisted pun notwithstanding (I loved it, but see what I did there?), I'm glad cow & calf are alright.

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, I don't know how you do it. My total admiration goes out to you. Thank goodness for the vet to work the magic.

Cathy said...

Oh wow. So glad things are OK.
So sweet of your brother's family to bring that treat for Lakota.

Terry and Linda said...

I so understand your statement about getting to the place were it's hard to see suffering.

Thank heavens for a vet who understood and didn't go the harsh route!


Jeffro said...

Whew! One less worry!

threecollie said...

Joated, so far so good. You never know with an old cow like Lakota

Rev. Paul, thanks, it was a worrisome morning.

Jan, thanks for your kind words. I have been helping various veterinarians since I was fifteen and got a job working for one. I was still awed by yesterday's slick operation. A job really well done!

Cathy, oh, yes, it was wonderful of him and Lisa and since we got downpours all day, we fed all the indoor cows with the hay he brought us.

Linda, Just can't seem to cope with it any more. Getting too old I guess.

Jeffro, I indulged myself sleeping in until nearly six this morning and it felt really, really, really good. lol