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Ruptured Belly

Postby pawpaw » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:22 pm

I have a cow that looks exactly like the hydrops picture in the cattle problems thread. She had her calf this morning or last night. She does not appear to have any trouble getting around and has good milk with no blood. The calf seems to be in great shape. I realize this is not good but what is the likely hood she will die before she gets the calf raised? Any input or advice is appreciated.
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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:39 pm

Can you put up a picture of her so we can see? Many cows develop edema right before and after calving, and in severe cases it can look the same.
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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby pawpaw » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:08 am

I work all night tonight but I will take a picture of her tomorrow and post it if I can figure out how. Thanks.
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Re: Ruptured Belly

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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby pawpaw » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:51 pm

I probably first noticed the issue 4 to 6 weeks prior to her calving.
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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby wbvs58 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:10 pm

I think you can do a lot better with the photo, some side view would be good and a verbal description where you think the problem is so we can zero in on the area. Even a video would be good.

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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby pawpaw » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:20 pm

The problem is on her left side in the picture just in front of her rear left leg. I am working on uploading a couple more pictures but the one posted is the most telling of the ones I have. The calf was nursing when I was trying to take the pics and I didn't want to disturb them too much. I wanted him to have all the milk in him he could get considering we have zero degree windchill today.
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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby wbvs58 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:32 am

I can't view your new photos you posted but I have looked up my Obstetrics textbook and they say a unilateral ventral hernia is usually caused by trauma and most commonly on the right side of abdominal floor, characterised by a unilateral ventral sagging of the abdominal floor 6-8 inches below the normal side. Following calving the abdominal floor may retract in some cattle and abdominal contour become nearly normal however usually recurs during late gestation.

Having calved it sounds like the prognosis for the cow rearing the calf is OK but don't put her with the bull and unload her once the calf is weaned or if things take a turn for the worse.

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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby dun » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:54 am

Have you checked to see if there is another calf in there?
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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby pawpaw » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:35 am

Ken - Thank you. I hope she gets the calf raised. I am sorry about the pics. I am sure I loaded them wrong or something. I can view them on 3 different devices.

Dun - No I have not checked for a 2nd calf but wouldn't that have made her sick by day 3?

Could feeding her grain be harmful?

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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby dun » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:15 pm

pawpaw wrote:Ken - Thank you. I hope she gets the calf raised. I am sorry about the pics. I am sure I loaded them wrong or something. I can view them on 3 different devices.

Dun - No I have not checked for a 2nd calf but wouldn't that have made her sick by day 3?

Could feeding her grain be harmful?

Thanks.

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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby wbvs58 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:09 pm

Photos loaded for me today, really need to poke with the fingers as well. Oedema would start to dissipate soon so here's hoping.

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Re: Ruptured Belly

Postby ALACOWMAN » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:00 pm

pawpaw wrote:Ken - Thank you. I hope she gets the calf raised. I am sorry about the pics. I am sure I loaded them wrong or something. I can view them on 3 different devices.

Dun - No I have not checked for a 2nd calf but wouldn't that have made her sick by day 3?

Could feeding her grain be harmful?

Thanks.

Were you graining her before she Calved?? Acidosis....
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