A chronic vaginal prolapse in a Simmental cow.
This cow had calved, unaided, about 2 weeks previously & had been prolapsing her vagina since parturition. The organ was replaced numerous times by the owner but was pushed out soon afterwards by the straining cow. As can be seen from the photo, the vagina was severely swollen & chronically inflamed. The trick with these cases is to try to break the cycle of prolapse, leading to further damage, infection & inflammation of the the tissues, which in turn causes further straining, when the vagina is returned to it's normal position. Surprisingly, after a thorough clean-up & replacement under epidural anaesthesia & retention with a Buhner suture, the vagina remained in place. The cow was put on a prolonged course of antibiotics & anti-inflammatory drugs to combat infection, reduce inflammation & pain. Unfortunately this cow's breeding days are over as the problem is likely to recur. #vet #veterinary #vetzoot #vetsnobiety #medvet #cowvet #bovinevet #calving17 #veterinarymedicine #medvet