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Warts and All

April 4, 2011

Papillomatosis (warts) are a common occurrence in young cattle, and can be problematic if you’re selling purebred stock or showing, otherwise you can adopt a wait and see attitude because the warts will gradually go away as the animal develops an immunity to them.

Caused by the bovine papilloma virus which is species specific, cattle get it from other cattle or housing areas.  Treatment varies from the do nothing approach to vaccines.  By removing the wart or crushing it, you can trigger a stronger immune response in the calf to aid in resistance to the virus.

Seven hours after giving Thuja.

When I discovered that Jane had two cookie size warts on her stomach, I decided to use homeopathy, specifically Thuja Occidentalis.  My farm kit contains mostly 30C potency remedies, so I gave her one dose in the morning expecting to most likely give her several more doses over the course of a few days.

When I brought Jane in for stabling late that afternoon, I was very surprised to see the above – one wart already almost detached.  I gave her one more dose the next morning and left well enough alone under the advisement of my homeopath.

A week later, the first wart is completely gone and the second one is shriveling at a fairly fast rate.  It looks gross, but I can’t help but think that it looks like one of those crinkle cookies 😉

I think the homeopathy worked very well, triggering an immune response in Jane so she can continue to fight this off.  At least that is my take on things.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    April 4, 2011 7:16 am

    FAscinating. If I ever get my own farm I will use you as my First Resource.

  2. April 4, 2011 7:22 am

    How did you develop your homeopathic kit? Do you know of a good resource for similar kits for livestock? I would like to use only homeopathic treatments for my sheep (unless there was no choice), but am unsure where to go to find good information.

    • April 4, 2011 8:34 am

      Susan, I bought mine from Dr. Sheaffer, DVM author of Homeopathy for the Herd. It’s a barn kit for dairy animals, although we use it all the time. It has become just “the kit.” I replenish my supply from Washington Homeopathics. The kit comes with a nice laminated materica medica that is almost barn proof.

  3. April 4, 2011 8:18 am

    I love how quickly and effectively homeopathics work on animals! I wish my family’s bodies weren’t already overloaded with the debris of modern life so they would work as well on us!

  4. Sheila Z permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:17 am

    I must have missed something because in the 30 yrs or so I was living on a dairy farm I never saw warts on the cows.

    • April 4, 2011 4:23 pm

      SheilaZ, me either until I bought Jane’s grandma, and now every couple of years we see it on a calf. It’s Jane’s turn this year 🙂

  5. April 4, 2011 9:40 am

    Cool post! You always show the world a different and better way of doing things.


  6. April 4, 2011 3:24 pm

    We’ve never worried about warts on cattle much but have used the crush method on horses.

    • April 4, 2011 4:24 pm

      Linda, I usually don’t worry either, but Jane is a captive and easy to doctor. I was surprised at how fast it worked.

  7. Eliza J permalink
    April 4, 2011 3:54 pm

    That is absolutely amazing! Thanks for much for that awesome information.

  8. April 5, 2011 8:48 am

    Ditto! I always learn something from you! Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge with us!

  9. April 5, 2011 9:27 am

    Matron Thanks for the information we have never had this problem but it is good to know about. b

  10. Mimi permalink
    April 5, 2011 5:56 pm

    How interesting. There isn’t anything comparable in sheep (that I’ve ever seen). Glad to see Jane responded so quickly, but you might have ruined my taste for crinkle cookies forever!

  11. April 7, 2011 5:52 am

    Very interesting and thanks for the info, I have not noticed these on Girl to date but now I have a idea of what they are if they do show up. Always so interested in what is happening with Jane as it it helps so much on what is normal and expected with my Girl.

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