If you’ve been following me over on Facebook, you will know that we have a very sick cow here at Granite Glen. The poor darlin’ had miscarried and gotten very ill when the boys found her – they returned to her paddock with the horse float, caught her (shows how sick she was) and brought her back to the house.
I have to admit, I thought she was going to die the first 48 hours we had her.
It’s still very possible she will. She is very poor and doesn’t have much reserve – we have given her intravenous and intramuscular drugs to combat her infection and try to keep her from dehydrating too badly. But as any animal husbandry person will tell you, unless the patient WANTS to fight to live, then you are on a hiding to nothing. Cattle are funny creatures – some will hang in there and give it their all. Others will toss it in, sulk and give up.
Our patient has rallied a number of times, but doesn’t look like trying to stand yet.
We are all doing our bit in trying to make sure she is comfortable (moving her from one side to the other, replacing water and food, propping her up, spraying her pressure sores and checking regularly for parasites).
Violet in particular is investing a lot of time and encouraging words and cuddles to stimulate our young cow.
I know some of you wonder how we cope … well, it’s not easy. We do our very best but also try not to extend suffering. At this point we are still fighting the fight with her.
If she eats and drinks we have a chance. If she gets weaker and doesn’t fight, we are in trouble. And we don’t have anyone else to provide a buffer between us and that choice none of us WANT to make. So if you could ALL put up a little prayer (or if your beliefs are different, send us some healing magic through whatever channel) we would all appreciate it.
I really want to have a follow-up post with a walking cow, please.
In anticipation of a little bovine miracle.