We arrived at 9:30 that night and were promptly met by a doctor and student.
Through this hole, they can collect rumen fluid from Daisy full of microorganisms that digest feed in the rumen.
Here is the fluid all collected and ready to be pumped into our princess.
A hard tube was placed in her mouth so she could chew on the flexible tube that was put into her stomach. The veterinarian blew into the tube while the student listened. She heard bubbles in fluid which meant he was blowing into the stomach and not her lungs...that was a good thing. We didn't want to pump two gallons of fluid into her lungs!
The next morning she was eating hay again and seemed to be doing well. That was on Friday morning and we decided to leave her in Stillwater over the weekend to make sure she really was going to be better. The attending veterinarian thought if baler twine or hardware (metal in the stomach) was causing the bloat, she would bloat over the weekend, so we left her until Monday.
My mom once again loaded up into the truck with me to road trip for a heifer again. She sure was happy to see us and get to see the light of day. We were given strict orders to feed her only hay for the next week and to slowly increase her feed after that. We also fed her poloxalene which prevents frothy bloat as well...just in case.
When we were told the price at OSU, we both laughed out loud. Would you like to guess how much four days in ICU and three rumen transfaunations cost?