Is it okay to give dextrose under the skin? If I really struggle to find the vein?
struggle to find the vein
It's better than not giving it at all, you might have to it very slowly though. So good calvings done. Don't like seeing sick cows.
Maybe I did it too fast, There was a bulge under the skin.
It's good calving's done, right.
Thanks for sharing!
You can put it under the skin between the ribs as a last resort but getting it into the vein is far more effective and works much faster. If the cow is sitting down, try pushing her over so she is laying down, kneel over her head so she cant push you away and look for the vein on the side of her neck about 6-8 inches from the top ridge(the spine edge) of her neck. If you still cant find the vein, the milk vein will work also.
It's good to know giving it under the skin does no harm. I normally try the milk line first if not go for the neck, but I really struggle.
I love milking, topping, feeding, all that, but I do not like calving.
Almost no harm. Doing it under the skin can occasionally lead to an abscess but it's better than a dead cow. Also good to note than you can squeeze the bag going under the skin to speed it up. Vets dont recommend doing that with neck vein though so im told.