our first case.
2 weeks ago, we checked the cows out. We usually check about once a week, but this summer it has been more often because of the worry of foot rot. Any how we have the cows in three separate pastures. Older cows, then first and second calvers and finally the hiefers for breeding. We added a couple of cow calf pairs to the hiefers cause the calves were late calvers and too small for the big pastures.
This one cow, in with the hiefers, she was 2 and had her first calf with her. She should have got a bit of extra groceries. She is a heavy milker and the calf was pulling her down a bit. but her BCS was still not bad. Being short on feed we decided to just wait it out. We checked again in a week, she was still okay, hadn't changed.
Well 4 days later after the rains we were back out their again and checking we almost missed her she was that thin. Her jaw was slightly swollen underneath in the tender area between the jaw bone. She had a hard time eating grass. Salavating (sp) everywhere. If she stood straight on you could have misssed her, she was that thin. We were appalled that we let a cow ge that bad. Anyways we got her home after wading in waist deep water, called the vet and the vet came out the next day. Got the cow chuted up, nose to the sky and checked out the mouth. The vet diagnosed wooden tongue. She, the vet, gave her the iodine IV treatment and LA200. We are to give her another shot of LA200 in three days and update the vet on her condition. She might need another iodine treatment, but, the vet figured one treatment should do it cause we caught it in the early stage.
I did not know this but woody tongue is fatal if left untreated and LA200 is not strong enough to treat on it's own, hence the iodine treatment.
24 hours after treament she is back chewing her cud and eating hay. We have her and her calf by the barn with last years 2nd cut alfafla bales, and they seem quite content for now. Her belly is even filling out now.
learn something new every day!