Comments on the dilemma in the October issue: 'Accounting for a lame cow'

Siobhan Mullan*

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The dilemma in the October issue concerned a farm's account which, at year end, included
bills that were higher that usual. The farmer's wife asked to speak to the senior partner and
find a reason for this. It was found that one case stood out: treating a pedigree embryo donor
cow that had gone lame. This had had numerous examinations and treatments, and the cow
had been seen by three separate vets, but was still significantly lame at year end (IP, October
2015, vol 37, pp 485–487). Richard Brown suggested that the senior partner should get all the
relevant information on this case. A possible way forward would be to transfer the cow to a
centre of excellence, eg, a university veterinary school. If this was not possible, and the
senior partner decided that the practice should treat the animal, the agreed treatment plan
should be acceptable from a welfare perspective. Euthanasia was an option if a treatment plan
could not be decided upon. If the problem could be solved amicably, an agreed protocol
should be decided with the farmer for future cases, taking welfare into account. For example,
the farmer should contact the vet if an animal had been treated for 48 hours with a poor
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551
Number of pages1
JournalIn Practice
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


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