Arched Back Cow

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SimmAngus

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We have a cow, that seems to be standing with an arched back. This is not a typical stance for her, we've had her 3 years now. She is due to calve in late Feb/Mar....... To me it appears to be pre-calving stance, but CAN'T be! Her BC = 6 and feeds well. Any ideas would be helpful.
 

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Never heard it called that. Thank you very much.

What are you doing on here with us low-lifes? You should be studying!

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milkmaid, I 've only seen one case, but that was a heavy bred heifer.

It was very hard to get rid of. Peniciliin for 5 days and she looked OK and two weeks later she had it again. Strptomycin for 5 days and then she calved. retained placenta and got 3 shot of LA200 equivalent three days apart, mostly because she had a fever and with the retained placenta I didn't know what was the cause. That seemed to cure it.
 

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Sounds like she is cold, and weak, Is she eating, or just standing.
If just standing, Check for fever.
Other than that just to many other posabilities
 

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SimmAngus":23dkwx2x said:
We have a cow, that seems to be standing with an arched back. This is not a typical stance for her, we've had her 3 years now. She is due to calve in late Feb/Mar....... To me it appears to be pre-calving stance, but CAN'T be! Her BC = 6 and feeds well. Any ideas would be helpful.
the cow has hardware.humped up back is a classic sign.if she had a uterine infection.you could smell the stinch a mile off.the dmell is how i could always tell a cow had an uterine infection by smell.shoot a magnet down her an that should take care of the hardware problem.
 

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I thought an arched back could also indicate stomach pain or possibly lung problems. I'm pretty new at this so not sure.
Donna
 

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Sorry I meant cystitis not metritis. I only just realised my mistake. Standing with an arched back urinating a little at a time and keeping that stance for a prolonged period is classical signs of cystitis. There is no smell just a very high fever and the cow going off feed and losing condition very quickly.

Metritis is a uterine infection that usually occurs a week or two after calving and yes there usually is an awfull smell.
 

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cfpinz":12m5553j said:
Never heard it called that. Thank you very much.

What are you doing on here with us low-lifes? You should be studying!

cfpinz

:lol: Work before play. I'd already finished my studying for the evening (had two minor tests this morning). ;-)

Cystic cows can also not show any signs -- only one I've ever encountered had her hormones messed up -- cycled very infrequently and mostly behaved like a bull. I always knew when there was a cow in heat because she was following that cow closer than the herd bulls were.
 

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