I am a big believer in hands on therapy and natural nutrition for healing in humans and believe it can also work for animals. Following is an example of positive results we have recently seen on our farm. Last Friday my son and husband noticed one of our Jersey steers was extremely bloated and called my father to come take a look. They moved the steer to a separate pen in order to work with it and control its environment. Bloating in cattle is a bit of a guessing game because initially you don’t know if it is from gas build up or swallowing something it shouldn’t have. Dad was able to work some gas out of it by rubbing and pressing on the steers side.
I did some quick reading on the internet regarding bloating and told my husband that keeping it walking around while rubbing (massaging) the side of it was the best thing that could be done other than putting something down its neck to relieve the gas (which we are not experienced at) so Jason kept it walking while rubbing its side until 11:00 that night and was confident that the bloating was going down and that the jerseys bowels were working. Over the next couple of days we watched it, but the steer still did not seem to be bouncing back after the bloating was gone and was extremely lethargic and was clearly not eating and was hardly drinking. I decided we needed to get more liquid into it because it was clearly becoming dehydrated and weak. I made a mixture of yogurt, egg yolk and warm water and as my husband pried the jerseys mouth open I forced it to drink. I was convinced it just needed some probiotics for its gut and some protein for strength. I guess my certificate in applied nutrition does come in handy because the next day it was doing much better and had even been drinking on its own. I started feeding it a small amount of calf starter ( a coarser grain with more protein than what it was eating) and gradually have increased the amount. I am happy to report that by last night it had fully regained its strength and appetite and all because of hands on therapy and natural nutrition.