When Carol came back i the house shortly after she had gone out yesterday morning I knew there was trouble. She said Dabba had calved out in the pasture…a good thing…but that she had prolapsed!!! (This happens after the calf is born and the cow continues to strain, pushing the uterus out, also.)
Another bit of good luck was on our side in that it hadn’t been that long…she laid on her right side, flat out and there was no sun to dry out the organ.
I first drove the Little Red Rocket, our old ford ranger farm truck up to where she was at the other end of the pasture, so I could see how bad it was and to make the dreaded decision of save or shoot!
In these types of situations it is economics that make it a harsh reality…Once I saw Dabba still had bright eyes I knew saving her was what I was going to do. Carol started milking and I went back to get 15 gallons of warm water, Betadine, halter , a small pail, two bales of hay and a piece of Patzgard.
Putting everything into the skid steer bucket I headed back to her. After dropping the bucket, I drove skiddie up close to her head so I could tie the halter to skiddie if she didn’t lay still to let me get the uterus back inside, and so she could only get up and not move around.
Get up she did, and I quickly put 2 bales of hay with Patzgard on top to place her uterus on, while cleaning it all up. When I felt all was cleaned, I placed my left arm under her uterus while pressing it against my chest, used my right hand to slowly work back and forth from top to bottom and then side to side.
When you get enough worked back thru the pelvis gravity helps pull it back down where it belongs! With long arms I am able to make sure it all falls back into place. I know Vets who keep a small plastic wiffle ball bat to make sure everything is pushed down where it belongs.
Everything worked very smoothly and Dabba strained very little, which was a huge help! Cows can bleed to death from this quite easily when the main artery gets opened by accident. I was very pleased with the very little bleeding during and after!!!
We put her by herself and checked her often, then last night when I milked her she was chewing her cud and acting much better, so just like they say, I’m not a vet, but did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night!!!