Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Giving Vaccinations...

How many of you have a section in your refrigerator reserved for animal medications?

Not all medications require refrigeration, but some do.  One such thing is the vaccine that we give regularly to our cows.  This particular vaccine is given to prevent numerous types of viruses, some of which could cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant cows.

We have a book where we keep vaccination records, and we regularly check it to make sure no one is missed.  We go down through the barn, row by row, and I read off the cow's number/name, and Jim fills the syringe...

...and does the work...

Most times, the cows barely even flinch.  One thing we noticed though, is that in one cow who was really nervous (she knew what was coming!) she had tensed her muscles so tightly that the plunger was harder than usual to push!  The next cow was clueless...or didn't care...and it went in as easy as could be!

I guess the moral of the story is, to relax when the nurse comes with a needle!  The more nervous you are, the more it might hurt!


  1. yup, i have one horse that steels his neck so tightly, the vet's needle can hardly penetrate! :)

  2. You have a good management system. It pays to keep good health records.
    Merry Christmas.

  3. Can't say that I do. : )
    I did help give shots to sheep one time.

  4. We actually have a dorm fridge for the animal meds at Rockin' B Ranch.

  5. Nope.. no special section in our fridge for cow vaccines :)

    Stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas!


  6. Just read this... there is always work, isn't there? We have a special fridge for Keith's "hooman" meds! :-)


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