November 2022 Client Evening Highlights
January 6, 2023
Our November talk was a greatest hits compilation of many of the topics we deal with as vets on a regular basis but never really warrant a whole talk by themselves! The highlights for those who couldn’t attend are as follows!
- Bad Eyes: Most infectious eye conditions in cattle and sheep respond to antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Treatment is usually rapidly effective – successful treatment results in a comfier eye, reduced tear staining and a generally happier animal within 24-48 hours. The white lesion on the eye, however, may never fully disappear but as long as the other signs have improved no further treatment will be required.
- Breeding herds should be using a BVD vaccine! Having a clear check test and not protecting this status by vaccinating is a bit like leaving your front door unlocked and just hoping that nothing gets taken……
- Not every TB reactor is a false positive – the skin test is very specific, with a very low false positive rate. This means an average of one false positive result for every 5,000 uninfected cattle tested. Many reactors come back with no visible lesions because essentially cows are very big and TB lesions can be very small and hard to spot! No visible lesions does not mean no disease. If a TB breakdown would be a disaster for your herd, then please access all the help you can to mitigate the risks by having a FREE TBAS visit.
- Providing as much information about a case on the phone helps us as vets make some important decisions – never more so than with prolapses. Uterine prolapses are genuine emergencies, generally vaginal prolapses are less urgent but still need sorting before the tissue becomes too damaged. It’s therefore really important to let us know which type it is! Despite the horrific look, uterine prolapses are unlikely to recur in future whereas vaginal prolapses will.
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