Raising Cattle: Complications After Birth

Common complications that can occur after dairy cows give birth, and how to treat them.



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One of the worst conditions a cow or any other animal that has just given birth can exhibit is the turning inside cut or prolapse of the uterus. In severe bovine arses, the exposed mass of tissue can be 8 to 12 inches in diameter and two or more feet long.
ILLUSTRATIONS: GREGORY L. FAULKNER, DVM
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Treatment consists of supporting the uterus on a large towel, cleaning the organ as well as possible, lubricating it well and gradually inverting and replacing the mass through the vulva. Care must be taken not to puncture the tissue nor damage its surface.
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If a cow must be down for any length of time, a shallow trench should be dug under her hindquarters to relieve pressure on and improve circulation to the animal's rear legs,
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Iodine swabbed on the navel of a new-born calf will often give the baby a head start in life.
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