232 First Street
Fort Lupton, CO 80621
Our clinic provides large animal ambulatory service to Fort Lupton, Hudson, Platteville, Brighton, Keenesburg, Dacono, Frederick and Firestone.
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Case of the Month:
This cow had traumatic pericarditis, more commonly known as Hardware disease. Basically, while foraging this cow consumed a small piece of metal. The metal then traveled to the reticulum (one of the four chambers that comprise a bovine stomach) and proceeded to then migrate through the lining of the reticulum, diaphragm and embed itself within the heart. This then caused increased fluid to build up in the sac surrounding the heart decreasing its ability to pump normally and ultimately leading to restriction of cardiac movement and death. The pictures above detail the heart which has laid down a significant quantity of inflammatory tissue (Fibrin). This created the abnormal appearance of the heart. The wire (which was found in the heart) and a magnet (found within the reticulum) are pictured above.
As you can also see from the picture, this cow had two magnets within her reticulum in an attempt to avoid this from happening- magnets keep the foreign material adhered together within a ball reducing the chances of these objects penetrating through the reticulum. The best preventative for this condition is to keep the cow’s environment free of potentially hazardous objects.