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maryjane Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 5:18:24 PM
Maizy started going downhill fast this afternoon, finally coming down with a fever as well and severe dehydration. We decided the best course of action would be to take her in for IV fluids, and after that, deal with bowel compaction. She's going to be hospitalized for a couple of days.

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CloversMum Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 9:19:59 PM
Thank you for the update, MaryJane. I am sorry to hear how poorly Maizy was doing; however, so good to hear that she now has fluids. What great, loving care you are giving to her now...and what a great group of people who are brainstorming right along with you.

I am really hoping for good news for you regarding Maizy and her calf. And, hoping that a cause and cure can be found for Maizy's illness. Take care.
farmlife Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 8:19:46 PM
Well the good news is she'll be hydrated. Now if they can only figure out how to make her well again!
NellieBelle Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 7:43:14 PM
It's something to consider anyway, and perhaps you already have. Just want to help Maizy. Our cows are special to us.
maryjane Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 7:33:15 PM
Sure sounds like pregnancy toxemia doesn't it? (I had to look it up just now but good call Janet.) I was really close to her face because I'd been rubbing table salt with potassium chloride on her teeth and gums in the hour before I loaded her into our trailer but I don't recall smelling any acetone or anything at all for that matter come to think of it. My cows usually have breath that smells like a cross between new-mown hay and molasses (the salt trick did prompt her to drink a bit of water but only a sip).

I'm still waiting for the vet to call. She thought the IV drip would take a couple of hours. But it's been three now. Not sure if that's a good sign or a bad sign.
NellieBelle Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 7:16:54 PM
When something like this happens you just want to find the reason and solution quickly so you can help the animal, in this case Maizy. I will go read the section you mentioned. Thank you Mike.
Mike Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 7:10:42 PM
Come on cow...... get well now.

Pregnancy toxaemia. "Dairy Australia" had a good section on this. Ketone smell typical.

Thanks Janet.
NellieBelle Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 6:40:16 PM
MaryJane did Maizy's breath have a strong smell of keytones? (like nail polish remover?) pregnancy toxemia. Cows in late pregnancy will exhibit the same things Maizy did. Stop eating and drinking, go down. Could be a sign of more than one calf, causing such a drain on her. Guess it's just best to wait and see what they find. Just trying to figure out what happened.
chives Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 6:36:16 PM
Sorry this is happening. I'm sure all the other cows on your farm know something is not quite right. I know Maizy will be fine. She just has to. We are all pulling for her, and you to.
NellieBelle Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 5:57:47 PM
I've been worried about Maizy and being so dehydrated. I think this is the right thing to do. I keep thinking of what you said a while back about Maizy and how she will cry. My heart goes out for the dear soul and I'm hoping beyond hope that she can rally around. They mean so much as you pointed out. We owe them so much. I will be thinking of you all and hopeful that we get some good news concerning Maizy and her calf.
Ron Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 5:50:39 PM
Yep, agreed! I would be just sick about all this specially with no vet care worth talking about in the area. It is scary on account sometimes my best is not good enough . Thanks for keeping us up to date . Can't put into words how we feel for you guys but we know you know.
maryjane Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 5:45:26 PM
When you stop to think about it, here stands a being who has stood ready seven days a week to nourish my husband and me, my grandchildren, my children, and neighbors in the form of butter and milk and on the main floor of our house sits a fridge full of cheese. I sent both Havarti and Cheddar home with Carol tonight for her dinner. Not only that but this sweet being gives us our summer vegetables and the greens we're able to harvest right now from our greenhouse because she also fertilizes the things we grow. A milk cow is so silently selfless. Now it's my turn to take care of her. She absolutely knows we're trying to help her and is being completely compliant. I'm waiting for a phone call tonight regarding her calf. We hope all is still well with it.
NellieBelle Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 5:38:45 PM
Only hoping for the best for Maizy. My heart goes out to you.
Ron Posted - Jan 14 2015 : 5:22:07 PM
Thank goodness for decent Vet care. Just so hard to believe this poor cow took such a hit like this .

Very good choice on getting Her into the Vet.