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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Milk fever--infectious garget--tuberculosis--cow pox,   pp. 145-150 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 147

Wioowaan Dairya  n's Auoiwto 
Dr. Peters: You have got me talking about a disease that I 
don't 'mow the cause of. You wanted me to come here to tell 
you what I know. Now, when I don't know, I am willing to 
tell you, and in this case I don't know the cause. It does seem, 
however, that when the animal is kept in a good, laxative con- 
dition, there is less danger. The best pathologists on this side 
ef the water and on the other side do not agree as to the pathol- 
ogy of this disease, but we have found a treatment and really a 
treatment that goes against all theories that have ever been sug- 
gested as to this diseaqe. The men who have been using this 
treatment, injecting water and air into the udder, have found 
that we have the best results where we use a little water and a 
great quantity of air and massage it well. Sometimes, with not 
the proper use of the water, there is now and then a ease of gar- 
get resulting and so for the last two or three years I have had 
just as good results without the water, or the potassium either. 
A Member: Would you put ice on a cow's head that has 
milk fever ? 
Dr. Peters: Yes, I think I would if it was handy. 
Question: In a cuse of milk fever, do you give any stimu- 
lants to the cow ? 
Dr. Peters: If the heart is weak, we give a hypodermic in- 
,eetion of strychnine, but we do not undertake to get anything 
into the stomach. For the last five years we have never given 
anything unless the owner had already done so beforehand, and 
then I made doubly sure that it did not go down into the lungs. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: Isn't it a fact that there is a great deal of 
milk fever in the sunwmer time when the cows are running on 
grass, and it is from the laxative condition? 
Dr. Peters: Yea. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: One reason is that these cows are very apt 
to lie an the damp ground iimnediately after calving; they get 
a chill and that starts this process of congestion. 
A Member: I have had some good results in taking a cow 
off the fresh feed in the summer, taking her in and putting her 
on dry feed. 

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