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Ringworm?

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TLM1988 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:48 pm

Sprayed him with blu kote on the lesions per vets recommendation. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TCRanch » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:07 am

I've never had ringworm that bad but generally sunshine & time and it eventually goes away.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TLM1988 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:21 am

It's looking better after just 2 days.. hope to get him cleaned up.. he's eating and drinking good no fever just worried about the spots!!

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TCRanch » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:38 am

I had an outbreak last year and the bald, crusty spots have completely cleared - you can't even tell which cows had it.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by cowgal604 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:53 am

Oh yes this is ringworm, we get it a lot in our parts due to the mild damp seasons we have here with a ton of rain. We deal with it every year. You should treat him with a pour on dewormer. When it gets this bad, because this is actually a pretty bad case, I actually put used motor oil on the spots to suffocate it. You can google about it. You'll read mixed reviews but our old vet swore by it and it works. With a mix of dewormer, oil on the spots and keeping him dry and letting this dry out it will clear up. If you have any other cows around him, they probably have it to. You have to treat your whole herd.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by cowgal604 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:54 am

Also just to add. You can catch this. We've passed ring worm around from cows, to cats, to kids. Wear gloves and throw out any rags you use to treat him.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TLM1988 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:16 pm

Thanks for the replies!! He hasnt had any direct contact with my other cattle.. I may try the motor oil treatment. Had another guy tell me baby oil clears it up also.. thanks for all the advice!!!

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by cowgal604 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:34 pm

TLM1988 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:16 pm
Thanks for the replies!! He hasnt had any direct contact with my other cattle.. I may try the motor oil treatment. Had another guy tell me baby oil clears it up also.. thanks for all the advice!!!
Its amazing how much it travels. I can have cows 10 acres apart and they will all still get it. It's one of those things that often if you have it at your farm everyone's got it. But, I would only thoroughly treat this one cow. I would just use a pour over dewormer on the rest of the bunch. Ring worm is not a big deal though. Some people just let it run its course but once it gets around the eyes like your cow has it I step in with a better treatment plan. But this is all the fun of having cows haha.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by Buck Randall » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:04 pm

Despite its name, ringworm is a fungus. Dewormer has no direct effect on it. Lots of people have home remedies, but it will go away around the same time whether you treat it or not.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:34 pm

Buck Randall wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:04 pm
Despite its name, ringworm is a fungus. Dewormer has no direct effect on it. Lots of people have home remedies, but it will go away around the same time whether you treat it or not.
I was laughing so I am glad you posted before me. I shouldn't laugh. There are others that associate ring "worm" with a parasite. The only time anyone needs to worry about it, is if you need to get health papers/ go to shows.
"Normally", once they get it, they don't ever get it again. Just let it run it's course. If you feel like you "need" to do something, keep vaseline on it to smother the fungus.
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Re: Ringworm?

Post by Workinonit Farm » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:14 pm

The few times that any of my animals had it, I found benign neglect to work out just as well. Same treatment for warts.

Generally it bothers the people/owner more than it does the animal. Most "treatments" make the person feel better as it gives them the sense that they are "doing something" to cure it.

Give it time.
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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TLM1988 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:45 pm

I didn't buy him for showing.. my wife seen it on Craigslist and her eyes lit up.. I run a stocker operation and have never dealt with a dairy breed!! He's as gentle as the day is long.. I've been really cautious not to let my boys hand feed him.. Don't see much ringworm around these parts.. lessons learned kinda thing

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TCRanch » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:51 pm

Workinonit Farm wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:14 pm
The few times that any of my animals had it, I found benign neglect to work out just as well. Same treatment for warts.

Generally it bothers the people/owner more than it does the animal. Most "treatments" make the person feel better as it gives them the sense that they are "doing something" to cure it.

Give it time.
Just as an experiment I tried one of the numerous "remedies" suggested for ringworm last year on one cow. She didn't heal any faster and you still can't tell the difference between her and the other cows (and a number of calves) that got it last year. Yup. Walk away. That said, I've also never treated for warts and currently have 2 cows that had it as heifer calves and they have them again. Hmmmm. But still not doing anything, just watching & waiting.

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Re: Ringworm?

Post by TLM1988 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:08 pm

After a week of keeping "Gus" dry and putting medicine on him, he's starting to grow hair through the spots. Is this a sign of it taking a turn for the better? Thanks!!!

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