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Yesterday, I was checking on my other Jersey cow, Blossom. She looked...odd. I put out the feed and she sniffed it, but didn't eat. Even weirder. She usually cleans up the trough.

I thought about that for awhile, while I stretched out the hose to fill the horse's trough. I glanced over and she'd laid down next to the fence. hmmm....

Next glance, she was stretched out on her side. Just like my cow, Lady.

I flew up to the house and mixed up some Epsom Salts to inject her with magnesium for grass tetany.

I rounded up my 2 oldest daughters, cause I knew I'd need help.

When I got outside and begin looking closer, as I was injecting Epsom salts, I started thinking that she was presenting differently from Lady. After going over it in my mind (high milk producer, sudden weakness, turning the head back at times, cool ears) I thought it was more like milk fever.

I sent my oldest daughter back to the house for the IV setup, needle and calcium gluconate.

Once I got that set up, I plunged the needle into her milk vein, giving her the whole bottle of Calcium.

3 minutes after I pulled the needle from her belly, Blossom started trying to get up. We let her try a minute more, then my daughter and I helped her. She was on her feet, but a little shaky. This whole ordeal lasted for less than 15 minutes.

And boy was it a frightening 15 minutes!

How did I Know to do that?

When Lady (my cow who died Monday) was sick, I scoured the Internet to find anything that might help her. I found a youtube video that demonstrated a milk fever case and what to do. Because of this, I did what needed to be done.

I was terrified. But I knew she'd die if I didn't try SOMETHING!

I really feel like a *******...

"Hey, I saw this video on YouTube, and...

· Repro Lover
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Congrats on the awesome save!!!
The Internet is a wonderful thing! It's my go to for our animals as our cow vet retired and there's no one else accept a teaching hospital hours away. YouTube is great for that also!
Good job, thanks for sharing and be sure to replace your inventory :D
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