Had a cow at work last week with a real bad swelling around the hock on one of her back legs. She already had a deformed front leg; must have broken it as a heifer. She could get around OK on 3 good legs, but not two! She was in a bad shape! No clear reason why the hock was swollen ... no broken skin or visible sores, just lots of swelling. Maybe she fell? She was a bit tipsy on her feet due to bad front leg ... I saw her fall on ice and split herself a couple months ago, thought she was in trouble then, but nope, she pulled herself back up! Anyway, I mentioned to the boss about maybe giving her some dex, but he said it would cause her to abort her calf, and she's carrying a high-dollar ET baby. So, no dex for her. Now, it's a week later, she's down, my guess it that we'll lose her and her calf both. :waa: She's a tough old bird, I was really hoping she'd pull out of it. Boss had the vet out, who said if she was going to get better, she'd have started by now. So it's not looking too good! My question is: are there alternatives to dex that do not have an abortifacient effect and/or will not harm the calf? I figure it might help to know next time, or in case I run into a situation like this with one of my girls (god forbid!!!).