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bad leg?

Postby Bub » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:29 pm

the other day i noticed i had a heifer (500 lb range) thats was just laying around on her side. went out made her get up she was favoring one of he front legs pretty good i watched her for some time she could walk an try to put weight on it but moved off with a limp i shrugged it of as maybe twisted joint or something. went checked on her today now her front leg looks good but her hind leg on the same side is swelled up what looks from the hip all the way down to the hock i was able to get my hand on her it fills as if she has fluid right under her skin i gave her a shot of al 200 do y'all have any ideals or suggestions on whats going on thanks
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Re: bad leg?

Postby ALACOWMAN » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:29 pm

was the swelling hot??? Sounds like she's getting knocked around by others or she maybe in heat getting rode at every angle by other calves or cows...
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Re: bad leg?

Postby Rafter S » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:38 pm

Has she been vaccinated for blackleg (although if it was blackleg she'd probably be dead by now)?
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Re: bad leg?

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:52 pm

Speaking of blackleg, a close friend lost 5 in one pasture and 4 in another in 24 hours to it! The dairy next door to them lost a few also.... such a cheap vaccine for prevention!
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Re: bad leg?

Postby farmerjan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:16 pm

We blackleg our calves at 6-12 weeks or whenever we get them in to move to pasture or something. The cows get a booster shot every year at preg check. Lost 2 in 2 days one year and managed to save 2 others at a rented pasture and learned our lesson real quick. The vet said that before 6-8 weeks, the calf should have a passive immunity from the cows' colostrum and milk.

Yes, it is CHEAP INSURANCE, to give them the shot.
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Re: bad leg?

Postby Loretta » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:38 pm

I have a calf that about 7 months old it doesn't put no wait on its back lag at all it was in the pen with horses it swollen at the knee and that's the only place it is swollen at it doesn't look or feel broken
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Re: bad leg?

Postby Loretta » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:38 pm

And it's bruised around the knee
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Re: bad leg?

Postby Loretta » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:29 pm

I have a friend with a calf shot in the back lag
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Re: bad leg?

Postby Son of Butch » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:13 pm

Bub wrote:the other day i noticed i had a heifer (500 lb range) thats was just laying around on her side. went out made her get up she was favoring one of he front legs pretty good i watched her for some time she could walk an try to put weight on it but moved off with a limp i shrugged it of as maybe twisted joint or something. went checked on her today now her front leg looks good but her hind leg on the same side is swelled up what looks from the hip all the way down to the hock i was able to get my hand on her it fills as if she has fluid right under her skin i gave her a shot of al 200 do y'all have any ideals or suggestions on whats going on thanks

Sounds like an injury to me.
Can happen anytime an animal gets it's front leg accidentally caught in something and struggles violently to get free.
Rear leg could be bruising or deep soft tissue damage, sometimes nerve damage occurs or even a fracture.

If possible isolate animal in a well bedded pen and give anti-inflammatory drugs. ie aspirin and/or banamine
Depending on severity most recover within 2-3 weeks.
IF you don't see improvement within 2 weeks of giving banamine then usually permanent damage has been done.
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