Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ben has a health issue...


I recently discovered that Ben is exhibiting signs of rectal prolapse - not uncommon in cattle.  My friend Terry Burger (Ben's godmother - she has known him since he was a pup) sent me some medicine.  Her husband Paul is a veterinarian and they are both well versed in large livestock care.  Never thought I would be applying Preperation H to a longhorn's butt hole.  She also sent some Panalog that I have to inject into his rectum with a large plastic syringe.  This should be interesting.  Ben is about to take trust to a whole new level.  I will spare you a photo of his infirmity,  but there might be a video coming soon...  78,85,53,0,W

17 comments:

LeoinSA said...

Not exactly the same... but close... As a family we were raising registered cattle. One heifer had problems with labor and could not deliver her first calf. Being right handed I sank my arm to the shoulder into her to try and turn the calf's head from being twisted in the birth canal. I do not remember how long it took, but I do remember needing lights after it got dark.

So John, hopefully you will have no problems administering to Ben's butt, but do be careful of his taking umbrage and swinging his horns about and/or stepping on your foot.

Luck... you'll need it methinks.

Yvonne Rivera said...

You might want to have someone at the front end enticing Ben with his favorite treat whilst you administer said medication to the other end.

Cindy Stinson said...

This cracks me up in a very uncivilized manner...but I know that you will take exceptional care of Ben. I hope to meet him one day.

John Wells said...

Ben and I are taking this new level of intimacy very slowly and carefully. I am doing what I have to do from the other side of the fence.

bob r said...

eat more bran????

Steve said...

Like playing with a loaded firearm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5lU1Y3V3t4

96Trees said...

Steve, due to the subject matter, there is no way I'm going to watch that video.

Hachita said...

Sorry to learn about Ben's problem. He's lucky to have you. Take care and hope you both are well.

Charlton Vaughan said...

Glad to hear that his health is on the mend. I grew up reading about James Herriot- All Creatures Great and Small and the others that followed. I was interested in Veterinary medicine since I was a kid. Just never followed up on it. I was a medic in the Air Force. So, let the video begin...

Margery Bills said...

Oh, I am so sorry.

Margery Bills said...

My father was a veterinarian. With the pictures I saw on t.v., vets do not dwaddle along. They have everything prepared and just do it as quickly and carefully as possibly. Smart to be behind the fence. Would it help to have him chewing on his favorite snack I wonder.

Margery Bills said...

Girls in vet school and older vets 70 or more do it o.k. too so I suppose you can too. Takes practice.

Jennifer Woolvin said...

Poor Ben. Wear gloves. New bread in future: "Ben's Bran Bread"?

John Thrower said...

Best quote yet - "Never thought I would be applying Preperation H to a longhorn's butt hole. "

Jon P said...

When my Red Heeler Rufus, now 2, was a baby he had a prolapse problem possibly due to being neutered at 6 weeks old. Thank Goodness he got over it.
Good Luck John... and Ben!

WhyR said...

Maybe spend the money on a vet- make sure everything is done right, no complications, no additional or underlying issues missed, no bullhorn through your thorax, etc.

Robert said...

I think a small holding pen and a bucket of grains may be helpful good luck with that beast.