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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
(1904)

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


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Dr. Peters: That depends on the severity of the cuMe 
Sometimes we only have to use it once, sometimes more than 
once. It depends somewhat upon what medicine you have 
given her. The average man has a prescription There is 
always some man in a neighborhood who is ready to prescribe, 
tbough it may be nothing more than tincture of asafietida and 
aconite and the like, but he would like to have that cow drenched 
with that dope. Now, here is the danger; animals in that con- 
dition cannot use the tongue, and it and the palate are para- 
lyzed. Now, if you go to work and drench that cow with any 
remedy of that kind, it will not go down to the stomach where 
you want it to to, but it will all enter into the lung, it will go 
right down the windpipe, and if you call a veterinarian later on 
and he is not very cautious, and he fails to ask you the question 
as to what you have given the cow, he goes right to work, gives 
her the simple treatment and in a few hours she is up; but it 
may nct be uncommon to find that cow will die within three or 
four or five days, not from milk fever but from the results of 
that drench. There is no way of expelling it from the lung. 
I dare say there are men among you who have had cows get up 
all right in four or five hours, after receiving this simple treat- 
ment and you wonder why she died a week afterwards Now, 
if you have a cow that comes down with milk fever, don't 
drench her. If you don't like to call in a man who knows some- 
thing about these treatments, and prefer to rely on yourself, 
don't drench her. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: Put them in a comfortable place and let 
them alone and they will get over it alone sometimes. 
A Member: How much iodide of potassium do you use ? 
Dr. Peters: About fifteen grains and about a quart of 
water, and if necessary, repeat the treatment three or four hours 
afterwards, always milking out what is in the udder beforwe 
hand and give plenty of air. We have had very good success 
at the station and other places where we used nothing bat air. 
A Member: Don't you think you could prevent milk fever 
by not drawing the udder too clean the fist time, not leting the 
walls of the udder come together when it is in a feverish stateI 
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