Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rectal Examination

Today we performed rectal examination of a cow following the embryonic death of her calf.
She came in from a local farm and the vets suspect her calf died as long as 7 weeks ago. She has a smelly mucopurulent discharge coming from her vagina which is a sign of infection and inflammation.

When I was palpating I could feel the calf inside her, on the right hand side. I was able to feel the bones of the calf and what felt like the head and mandible.
Around half an hour later one of my classmates performed a rectal and was able to feel the calf had moved more caudally, towards the birth canal.

Prostaglandins were given to induce parturition; if this doesn't work a cesarean will be done on Saturday.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, the classic vet pose, one for the Christmas card this year!