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Lame ? Cow
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Alan    Posted 07-01-2003 at 05:49:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've got a problem I've never had before. I've got a cow that seems to "waddle" with her back end, problem developed lately. She lays down often, when she gets up she acts like she's in pain and stiff. She grazes and stays with the herd OK. She's about 4 years old and will have a calf in a month ? or so. Looks good in the face, fat like the rest of them, no noticeable swelling, cuts or anything. Could it be a back injury, or maybe the calf pressing a nerve? I thought maybe she stepped in a hole or something, but she's not getting any better or worse, and doesn't favor one side or the other. Not much to go on I know, but if someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks.

PatM    Posted 07-02-2003 at 05:55:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the calf is big, or ready for birth, it can cause pressure on the nerves to the back legs. The calf may also be in the wrong position, causing the same pressure. If I were you I'd get the vet out (or her to the vet) and check it out.

alan    Posted 07-01-2003 at 20:07:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I figured it about has to be a nerve, didn't know what else, but maybe cancer there too, or any number of things I guess. She's still not any worse as of today. Don't like to get the vet, who does, been a few years actually, aside from maintenance issues. Bill wouldn't be so bad, but I don't have anything to haul with at the moment. $120 to hire her a ride, or a 30 mile pasture call. Thanks.

RichZ    Posted 07-01-2003 at 06:07:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm guessing that it's a pinched nerve. Could be from the calf, but it's more likely a nerve in her back, so I dont think the calf could have directly caused it. She may have somehow pulled her back and pinched a nerve.

Since she's going to have a calf, though, I wouldn't take any chances, and I'd have a vet check her out.

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