An unpleasant day:
cold, wet & miserable for much of it. Anna-Marie the vet (who has one of the best ‘bedside’ manners I’ve ever come across for livestock, she is absolutely wonderful with all creatures great & small – & is also unfailingly helpful) telephoned this morning to discuss poor Morganna’s case. Unfortunately the symptoms suggest Morganna has micro-abscesses inside the udder; & the prognosis isn’t good. Whilst the condition may settle down the somatic cell count caused by the infection may linger indefinitely – meaning her milk could not legally be sold for human consumption. Apparently many dairy cattle farmers simply cull the animals when the problem occurs, it is so difficult, protracted & expensive to actually cure. However, we’re determined to plough on; & so are trying a new course of treatment, giving Morganna a five-day course of 3ml ‘Duphapen & Strep’ injections, accompanied by a twice-daily dose of Lincomycin intermammary tube. We can but do our best, after all….
Whilst Tony took over the morning chores I drove to the surgery to pick up the new drugs. On arrival I discovered that Anna-Marie had already thoughtfully prepared the pack-up of everything I needed; so after a quick (unsuccessful) shopping trip to find a water pistol for Nanuk’s training programme (if we meet someone whilst out walking she quickly grows bored & barks, growls & whines – so a quick squirt works wonders!) I returned home to commence the new treatment.
Whilst the intermammary tubes appeared larger, the solution inside was much less viscous & therefore easier to inject. I also gave her the jab – thankfully she didn’t object too much (but then she wasn’t expecting it – roll on Day Five when she knows what’s coming…!).
As night fell we carried out the evening chores between sharp, stinging showers; & snuggling up in bed later on, the rain hammered inhospitably on the windows outside – so I dread to think what state the driveway will be in, when I venture out tomorrow morning….oh, if only we’d managed to clear the drain at the top before the rains came!