i have a cow that when she eats she can't swallow. she only drinks a little amount of water. she been like this for 2 days. she doesn't have fever.what can i do? she can't really move around much. she looks to find food but she can't eat at all.can we give her anything?
Type of Animal: cow
Age: about 3 years
i tried to put my hand in her throat to see if i could feel anything. no results
Greetings:Based on your description of what your cow is experiencing, there's a likely possibility that she has a partial obstruction in her esophagus, and should it develop into a complete obstruction, becomes a life-threatening condition. Cows need to have an open esophagus in order to release the gases that build up in the rumen from digestion, and if that is blocked they can bloat very rapidly. If bloat is severe enough, it compresses the chest cavity, inhibiting their ability to breathe. It sounds as if she may already be experiencing some partial bloat as well, due to her hesitance in moving around, and this is something that should be addressed today. I strongly recommend that you consider having her checked out by your vet ASAP, before it develops further.There are, of course, some other possibilities that could explain her condition, such as a foreign body lodged in her throat causing discomfort when swallowing or some type of trauma to the neck region, but it would be well worth your time to be sure that if there is an obstruction that it is cleared by your vet as soon as you can arrange a visit. I trust I've helped, and please let me know if you have any further questions.Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX of luck.-Dan
Did you have any further questions?Thanks again,-Dan
can you come take a look at her? How much would it cost for you to come?
Unfortunately, I'm located in the state of Oregon! Might prove to be a bit expensive.....!If you don't have an established Veterinarian, I'd recommend either your local phone directory, or perhaps call an acquaintance that has livestock to see if they may have a recommendation.-Dan
Equine Practitioner. Owner of Mobile Equine/Large Animal Practice for eleven years.