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Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Hardin Farms » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:20 am

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So this cow is a first time heifer. Her calf is due any time now. On Jan. 9 i noticed the clear, milky discharge and since, it has continued to be a brown or bloody discharge as in the last pic. Should i be concerned? She isn't showing any sign of discomfort. Body condition remains good and her bag starting filling in a week or so ago.



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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by southalberta » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:28 pm

Is there any odour to it? She stiff at all when she walks? Hunch backed etc
Pictures are difficult to tell much

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Hardin Farms » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:41 pm

southalberta wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:28 pm
Is there any odour to it? She stiff at all when she walks? Hunch backed etc
Pictures are difficult to tell much
None of the above. She isn't lethargic or anything. Very much normal otherwise.

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Bigfoot » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:26 pm

I've seen em pass slime for a long while before calving......Gotta say, that's slime looks odd though.
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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Nesikep » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:28 pm

some discharge, usually translucent, is normal, that looks off!
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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Hardin Farms » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:30 pm

Nesikep wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:28 pm
some discharge, usually translucent, is normal, that looks off!
That's my thoughts as well. I'll watch her for the next few days and continue to observe behavior.

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:36 pm

Call your vet and at the very least send him or her these photos.
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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by southalberta » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:32 pm

What part of the country are you in? Could be a mineral difficiency. Have one myself that looks like that not due for 5 weeks and mine was low on thiamine was all

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Katpau » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:11 pm

That sure doesn't look like the usual pre-calving slime. That picture makes it look like she has already slipped the calf and she has a portion of retained placenta hanging out. I'd be looking for a calf. I suspect it was not born alive, and by now something may have carried it off.

I also saw something similar once on a cow that had a calf with both feet back. She was unable to pass the calf and the placenta came out first. If that were the case though, she should be very sick or dead by now, because the calf would be dead inside. In our case we saw her in labor earlier in the day and when we came back we saw her trying to pass the afterbirth. There was no calf in sight, so we gloved up and found the problem.
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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by TCRanch » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:40 pm

1st pic, hard to tell. 2nd pic looks like she's already calved (or aborted), primarily based on the dark tint of the discharge wrapped around her tail. What do her teats look like? And does she look thinner? I'd take a good whiff of her hind section and glove up - and call your vet. After almost 3 weeks of noticing something is "off", I'd suggest not waiting/watching any longer.

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by southalberta » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:16 pm

If something was really wrong there would be smell, more swelling , bag lethargy fever symptoms sometimes leaving stuff alone and letting nature take its course is good

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by MurraysMutts » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:17 pm

I agree the second pic looks like she calved. That stuff on the tail looks pretty classic to me. I'd be looking real hard at her teats to see of anything has been nursing. And definitely looking for a calf.
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Had to edit. Looking at that first pic closer, looks like placenta and not discharge.
Perhaps that pic is decieving.
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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by wbvs58 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:51 pm

I'd clean her up a bit, cut some of the long hair away. I think it is just a matter of all the mucous she has passed just clinging together and forming a matt with the hair. Not real healthy having it hanging around the birth canal so practice a bit of personal hygene for her.

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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:15 pm

I would be gloving up & looking for a calf. that is not "normal" looking anything prior to calving.
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Re: Discharge late pregnancy

Post by ccr » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:58 pm

1st pic don't look right to me either. If she was mine I would call the vet.

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