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maryjane Posted - Jun 11 2017 : 7:37:42 PM
I snapped some selfie photos of me catching Anna mid-stream (after rubbing her about six strokes beneath her vulva to get her to arch her back and pee) to give me a urine sample so I could check her ketones.

Negative reading this afternoon. Yay.

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CloversMum Posted - Sep 24 2017 : 6:29:30 PM

Clover was negative which made me pleased but now to try to figure out the next step. We dewormed her yesterday. Plus we have been upping her alfalfa intake plus grain. She also had some pumpkin purée to help too.
CloversMum Posted - Sep 23 2017 : 06:16:47 AM
Thank you, MaryJane! Headed there today!!
maryjane Posted - Sep 22 2017 : 3:21:35 PM
You can get them at Walgreens here locally, Charlene.
CloversMum Posted - Sep 22 2017 : 3:10:45 PM
Thank you!
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 22 2017 : 2:53:14 PM
Charlene I bought my Ketostix test strips through Leedstone.
CloversMum Posted - Sep 22 2017 : 2:37:48 PM
Where did you order the strips? I want to test Clover.
NellieBelle Posted - Jun 15 2017 : 11:20:15 AM
Yes, cool trick/skill for sure. Saves having to wait. It worked like a charm on both the gals I tested. Thanks again MaryJane!
maryjane Posted - Jun 15 2017 : 06:12:24 AM
It works every time for me. Pretty cool trick, right? Anna and I know the routine well. Just have to remember to return the favor upfront with some head rubbing as well.
NellieBelle Posted - Jun 14 2017 : 07:56:19 AM
Well the rubbing below the vulva to get the cows to urinate is a new skill. Otherwise the testing isn't that different from people. And of course the cow patient is much larger. ;)
CloversMum Posted - Jun 13 2017 : 7:02:11 PM
A new skill, Janet!
NellieBelle Posted - Jun 13 2017 : 12:27:30 PM
Just out of curiosity with Darla I purchased the Ketostix and went out and following your example of rubbing below the vulva, I was able to secure samples of urine from each Darla and Nellie. Both were negative.
maryjane Posted - Jun 13 2017 : 05:47:31 AM
Here's the deal with the back end of a cow. It does grow good gardens (plus it seems to entertain my chickens). We've started taking our mucky bedding straw directly to plants without composting it first, just wheelbarrows of the stuff placed everywhere as fertile mulch. I not only love the way it does my weeding for me but I think it's downright pretty--little yellow borders everywhere. I'll snap some photos. It's a new landscaping idea for me and I love it.
CloversMum Posted - Jun 12 2017 : 10:39:42 PM
Is there another end to a cow??? This was pretty much my view of Clover all last week as I tried to catch her signs of labor and delivery! Of course, we cow people stare quite a bit at this particular end of a cow ... and don't get me started on dinner conversations around here! I think we completely embarrassed my father at one meal just this past weekend! lol
txbikergirl Posted - Jun 12 2017 : 3:27:23 PM
me too, visual learner. but the photos are hilarious. very professional maryjane so no criticism meant, its just that we spend so much time around here discussing and looking at the hind ends that i always think its funny. but this is great instruction!
CloversMum Posted - Jun 12 2017 : 08:27:43 AM
Thank you for this ... always learn better with actual pictures! :) Visual learner right here, I guess.