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post #1 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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yes i know this is HORSE health but....

my scottish highland bull is constantly lying down and when he does get up it is a struggle for him...he is very slow and stiff when trying to get up and it is a very big effort. When he walks he is very stiff and limps.....he puts weight on the leg and foot but when he walks he kinda jerks (as a horse does when favouring a certain leg). I am very worried about him.

Dad is going to come out and look at him with me later today but I would appreciate any ideas on what is wrong and all....

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 10:01 PM
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Immediate thought is some form of arthritis. I know NADA about bovines though.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 10:03 PM
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arthritis is my first thought. It seems to show the same signs in all animals.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Immediate thought is some form of arthritis. I know NADA about bovines though.
it's possible.....

I'm not sure what age he is and if he is old this would probably contribute to the stiffness etc.

I'll ask dad his age when he gets home and edit it in asap

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arthritis is my first thought. It seems to show the same signs in all animals.
I thought of arthritis to when I saw him struggling to get up and walk.

When I saw he is always lying down I mean ALWAYS! It seems that he only gets up to...you know....in ummm....that season, to graze, poo and get some water.

Everytime I see him he is on the ground

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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he also has bald patches on his knees from lying down all the time

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Poor thing. Sounds like whatever it is, its causing him a lot of pain and also contributing to some secondary damage. I think it might be a good idea to get a vet out to him, if it is arthritis they can prescribe an anti inflamitary to kill the pain.
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Aww, I'm sorry to hear that. :( Yeah, arthritus could be an option, that's what it sounds like it could be to me. But not really sure...can you get a vet to look @ him maybe?

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-22-2008, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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he's about 6 or 7 years old at the moment....getting towards the end. My step mum said that bulls don't tend to live very long as they are so big and heavy and this puts a lot of stress on their organs.

It is possible to get a vet out.....i'll talk to dad about it.

Yeah...poor thing....poor old (young really) fella!

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-22-2008, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Poor thing. Sounds like whatever it is, its causing him a lot of pain and also contributing to some secondary damage.
if you mean the bald knees, its just constant rubbing and hardening from always getting up and down and kneeling and also rubbing on hard, dusty ground......i think most likely

Yeah I am worried about him...a lot!

Thanks for all the responses

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