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Old 02/17/12, 04:50 PM
 
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dairy cow with a limp

Hey all, I've got a 4 year old jersey Holstein cross who is out on pasture. she has been limping on her right front for a few weeks. no lumps bumps heat cracks or any thing. we have checked her hoof thoroughly. My question is should we call the vet, spend a few hundred to have them say, yup shes lame. will it be hard on her when she starts milking again? As in will she loose condition?

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Old 02/17/12, 05:57 PM
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Is she eating fine?

My Jersey started limping because she didn't feel good (had nothing to do with her legs). She had mastitis. You are saying your cow is dry, so it could be anything. Not an expert but learning every day.

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Old 02/17/12, 05:57 PM
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Hey all, I've got a 4 year old jersey Holstein cross who is out on pasture. she has been limping on her right front for a few weeks. no lumps bumps heat cracks or any thing. we have checked her hoof thoroughly. My question is should we call the vet, spend a few hundred to have them say, yup shes lame. will it be hard on her when she starts milking again? As in will she loose condition?


I would just leave her go for a while maybe limit her movement for a few days, if there is no obvious swelling, she may have step in a hole stung her hoof an a small rock.
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Old 02/17/12, 06:17 PM
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Might be a wound you can not see


sounds like you have some way to look at foot or a gentle cow

I would take a couple bottles of PERoxide clean foot with a brush.....then pour on the peroxide....it will bubble up all over clean that off and do again...looking for the wound it will bubble up good ......with you looking you might over look it but the peroxide will show were it is.......I agree a vet will just say she is lame or here hoofs need triming

never heard of a cow getting a Cortisone injections

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Old 02/17/12, 07:31 PM
 
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She could have an abscess under her sole . I would not recommend a vet for this most not all do a very bad job on feet . Try to find a professional hoof trimmer that would look at her after his job on the way home . If you want to try this yourself star by confining her and raising her front foot . You need a way to see the hoof clean with new growth and look for a pin size discolored spot and start digging with a hoof knife . There could be pus or pressure under the hoof . Try not to remove the heel because she need this to walk .If left alone this could blow out the bottom or side but it could also go into her joint and this is real bad . Good luck this can be a rough job

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Old 02/17/12, 11:30 PM
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Try to find a professional hoof trimmer
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Old 02/18/12, 05:34 AM
 
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We have a hoof trimmer that comes to our farm every two - four months. If we tell him that a particular cow is lame in such and such a foot, he will take something like a nippers and tap around each claw. He can get a real good idea of where the sore spot is when she pulls back because a tap at that particular spot is tender. Then he will begin to use a hoof knife a gradually trim away until he finds the problem. You may draw a little blood but that is OK. If you find an abcess, it would be good to get medicine (possibly from a vet), cotton to put medicine on, and vet wrap to hold cotton on bottom of foot. Remove the wrap, three to four days later.

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Old 02/18/12, 08:44 AM
 
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Hey thanks for the heads up, with my horse background I should have been thinking abscess! She is very gentle, and we will go and have another good look with peroxide and some nippers to tap with. She is eating just fine, in fact she looks like a round bale with stubby little legs sticking out=)

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