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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:55 am

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Sugar? Recently read on another cattle forum to use sugar if you have a calf with a swollen tongue (from a difficult delivery/dyscotia). Coat the tongue and inside of the mouth and it will make the swelling go down and provide a little extra energy. There was some debate whether powdered sugar (because of the corn starch) or regular, granular sugar was more effective. Also sometimes used with a uterine prolapse. Don't know if it actually works but was intrigued.
Icing sugar does work to shrink a prolapse for sure.
Was at the vet yesterday (for my dog) and he confirmed sugar can help. Hope I don't have to find out first hand but good to know.



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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Redgully » Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:20 am

When our son was a couple of months old he had to have his tongue cut because of tongue tie. Too young for painkillers so they give them a hit of sugar that knocks them out and they don't feel it. I was always fascinated by that.

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:58 am

Sugar for a prolapse for sure. It reduces the swelling PLUS it gives it GRIT, so you can handle it better. Don't want to jinx myself, but I haven't seen a prolapse for maybe 30 years. It was a 2 yr old. She never had another problem after that, so obviously was not heritable in her case. I would call a vet if I had one.
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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:49 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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Sugar for a prolapse for sure. It reduces the swelling PLUS it gives it GRIT, so you can handle it better. Don't want to jinx myself, but I haven't seen a prolapse for maybe 30 years. It was a 2 yr old. She never had another problem after that, so obviously was not heritable in her case. I would call a vet if I had one.
Uterine prolapse is not heritable and is unlikely to happen again. Vaginal prolapse is reason to cull and I personally wouldn't keep any of her heifers.

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Hippie Rancher » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:31 pm

I have heard sugar and even used it on a prolapse, don't know that it actually did anything. it could also have some antibiotic effects.

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by greggy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:22 am

That's sweet.

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