|Barked: Fri Jan 21, '11 12:58pm PST |
|Several years ago, we had a cow, Sweet Pea, who went into calving paralysis after loosing a calf. We don't have a big animal vet that will come out to our property. We used too, but he "retired" after he was caught prescribing meds to two legged patients. We are out of the area for all other large animal vets.
My small animal vet (who used to have a large animal practice and is well versed in cattle) gave us the meds to try to bring her out of paralysis. After about 6 weeks of hand feeding, bringing out buckets of water, doing shots, etc..., we knew she wasn't going to get better. We didn't have a vet that could/would come out and put her down, and we couldn't let her suffer. So, we did what we had to do. It was not an easy decision to make or easy to do.
Now, with my dogs.....I would have a hard enough time having the vet do it. There is no way I could do it myself.
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