Fluid therapy is a proven and effective treatment for cows that are off feed, providing a convenient method for administering essential nutrients.
Using an esophageal tube and pump, one person can drench a cow quite simply using proper drenching technique.
Dr. Joe Bender of Agriculture Veterinary Associates provides a thorough demonstration of how to properly drench cows, including how to:
Be sure to consult with your veterinarian for any additional instruction and any questions you may still have about properly and safely drenching.
Don’t get impatient during pumping. The cow should be chewing on the tube when you pump.
Check placement of the tube before pumping. You will usually feel two hard objects in the throat rather than one.
Cows can be drenched 1 to 2 times per day.
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