Wound In Teat





I have a cow with an open slit about one-fourth to one-third of an inch

in the side of one teat. I have lacerated the edges and stitched the

slit well together many times but the milk will ooze out and prevent

healing together. I have used numberless milk tubes to no avail, as the

flange on the tubes loose out. When I remove the flange the tubes creep

up into the udder and it is a trouble to get them out again.



Wounds of a quiescent udder usually heal, but if the cow is in milk and

the lesions involve the teats it is exceedingly difficult to heal the

wound, as the irritation delays or interrupts the healing process. The

following lotion is one of the very best to use for teat wound: Tinct.

iodine, 2 ounces; tinct. arnica, 2 ounces; glycerine, 2 ounces; comp.

tinct. benzoine, 2 ounces. Mix and apply twice daily after washing with

5 per cent solution carbolic acid and castile soap. Your milk tube must

be an ancient one as all milk tubes of today are self-retainers and

could not slip into the udder. Care must be taken to boil the tube

previous to each using as you may cause an infection of the udder by a

filthy tube.





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