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Natural treatments for mastitis?
September 22, 2013
8:43 pm
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StoneGardenFarm
Richfield OH
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We have a guernsey milk cow and love her to pieces. But we were trying to avoid giving her traditional cow feed and started just giving her a few grains (not much) in lieu of the complex coctail sold at feed stores. It was deficient in a bunch of stuff, and she developed mastitis. We've since rectified the issue, but ended up having to give her her antibiotics. We were fighting it for awhile and tried a bunch of other stuff, but it kept coming back so we gave it. We do a small cow share and obviously didn't want to have bad milk, or an unhappy cow, or NO milk!  So anyway, my question is (for future reference) once mastitis is detected, do you know of any natural antibiotics that a cow can be given? Garlic or something? We've had milk goats for years but this is our first cow experience.sleepy-cow

September 22, 2013
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No, garlic isn't any kind of antibiotic, and has nothing to do with mastitis.  Antibiotics aren't horrible if used in a responsible manner instead of a blanket fix all.  Sometimes you just have to use them for the good of the animal.  I hope someone here has some good suggestions to help you.

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October 3, 2013
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BuckeyeGirl, where are you? You must be somewhere close to me! I'm in Richfield, about 30 min south of cleveland. I know that antibiotics aren't the end of the world, I just like to be able to handle problems without having to go 'outside of the farm', so to speak.

October 6, 2013
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We should understand that all lactating females can develop mastitis. Give the best treatment available to the cow or the human or the dog or cat.

October 6, 2013
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I'm very close to you SGF!  VERY close!  laugh  Just east down old RT 303, or on the Turnpike, Mantua is my mailing address, though I'm out in a rural township with no post office.

Ross is right, keeping her clean, dry, milked out properly will help her the most, it can get started from rough handling, milking too much, or not enough and it can just be really crazy figuring out each cow's needs.  It's usually a case of not milking her out completely though.  If a smallholder has the time to devote enough attention to detail when milking her, mastitis may be prevented, but some cows are just prone to it, and that's one reason a farmer may sell a milk cow out of his herd.

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