Cattle Medicine Q&A 03

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At 5 am you are presented with a recumbent 7-year-old Friesian cow which calved at some stage during the night and now has a uterine prolapse. The cow’s head is averted against her chest and she is unable to gain her feet. There is moderate bloat.

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Comments by Nick Lyons MA VetMB CertCHP MRCVS

1. The 2% lidocaine is not licensed in farm animals any more in the UK. In the UK, it should be 2% procaine solution.

2. There is good evidence that parenteral oxytetracycline does not reach high enough levels in the uterus to be efficacious against uterine infection. Therefore prophylactic use in this case in inappropriate.

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