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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
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Experience:  25 years of experience in treating large animals of all kinds.
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Cow has grass stuck in jaws, cleaned out several day, but more

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Cow has grass stuck in jaws, cleaned out several day, but more there. Can't seem to drink water, wants to but never drinks, is getting very weak and has lost weight. Local vet gave her antibiotic and cleaned out mouth, jaws twice. getting weaker. is expecting calf any day, what can we do to get her to eat and drink?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 2 years ago.
Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
It appears that this cow has some form of neurologic issue causing this lack of strength in her mouth and throat area. This could be a form of encephalitis which may be treatable with antibiotics if this is bacterial cause. Steroid treatment would be the best but cannot be given when she is expecting a calf. All you can do now is to feed her a mash with warm water to allow ease in swallowing. There is also a fear of rabies due to this apparent paralysis in the throat area.
Supportive care such as giving electrolytes by mouth and fluids may help per past this until the calf is born.
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