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Female Bovine Rectal Palpation Lab
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Please identify some of the basic equipment needed for bovine rectal palpation.
1. Glove + palpation sleeve + hemostat/clamps
3. Squeeze chute
4. Health records
What is the basic difference between a cow's and heifer's tract when performing RP?
A cow has a larger tract and is less firm than a heifer's.
When you withdraw a palpation sleeve from the rectum of a cow and find a red fluid on your sleeve:
1. What is this fluid?
2. Specifically what caused its appearance
3. When is this considered a serious condition (i.e you stop RP)?
2. Rupturing of smaller vessels of the rectum
3. The rectum feels like sandpaper or is bleeding profusely
When performing bovine rectal palpation, please identify four (very useful) landmarks (beside the ovary) that are used in locating the bovine reproductive tract?
2. Bifurcation of the uterus
3. Pubic symphysis
4. Pelvic rim
How can you determine if a cow is about to ovulate using rectal palpation?
Swelling of the reproductive tract
What are the basic differences between a 90, 120, and 180 day old fetus?
90: The fetus will be the size of a rat.
120: Size of a cat
180: Size of a small dog
What can you determine using bovine rectal palpation?
1. Estimated age of the fetus
2. If she is coming into heat
3. Pregnant or open
4. If she has infections
What is the proper order of catching or restraining a slow cow in the squeeze chute i.e. order of opening or closing gates - eg tail, head gates, squeeze?
1. Tail gate
2. Head gate
A healthy cow that has bilateral symmetry in her uterine horns when palpated is indicative of what condition?
Upon palpating a cow, someone reports to you that they found multiple ovaries. What have they really located in this cow?
Where would you find a cotyledon?
On the placentomes
Why can you use electrical resistance to determine estrus in a cow?
Electrical resistance decreases before estrus and increases after estrus and ovulation
What is fremitus in a cow?
Fremitus is the pulsating sensation of the uterine artery when blood flow increases dramatically
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