Prevention And Treatment Of Cow Prolapse

Author: Kristy

Heather Smith Thomas


Cows can prolapse before or after calving. While both are situations that must be corrected, there are some differences in the type and severity of a prolapse.

Vaginal prolapses will typically occur before calving – usually in the heavily pregnant cow, according to Robert Cope, veterinarian at Salmon, ID. A uterine prolapse can occur directly after the cow calves.

The vaginal prolapse is more common and looks like a pink mass of tissue about the size of a large grapefruit or volleyball. Prolapse of the uterus is a larger, longer mass, more deep red and covered with the “buttons” on which the placenta attached. A veterinarian should be consulted for a uterine prolapse because it can be life threatening.


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