This is Moo. That’s what his momma calls him, anyways. When Moo’s caretaker noticed that Moo was limping, he decided to take a closer look at his foot. Moo’s caretaker, having an education in animal science from a university in Idaho, instantly recognized the condition as foot rot. A painful and contagious bacterial infection also called infectious pododermatitis. It’s contracted like a common cold, but despite Moo’s life on fresh range and pasture with mineral blocks (which are kind of like cow vitamins), it doesn’t go away by itself. You see, the cattle species has evolved to depend on us for its health and welfare. Moo’s caretaker depends on Moo’s health and welfare for a livelihood, too. Plus, Moo was born in a heavy snow storm and needed to spend the first two days of his little cow life in front of the fireplace in his caretaker’s living room. So Moo has a special place in his caretaker’s heart, and the hearts of his caretaker’s daughters who stayed home from school to blow dry and bottle feed their newborn buddy. Moo’s caretaker is giving him a shot of medicine called Liquamycin with strictly regulated and researched dosage according to his body weight. About a week after Moo’s medicating, his limp went away and he was free to play. Liquamycin has a 6-8 hour half life and a withdrawl period of 28 days, but Moo has another year to grow into a happy Hereford, so there will literally be no measurable trace or residue left in his body by the time he goes to market. Moo’s caretaker administered an antibiotic called Liquamycin in a judicious manner to treat an acute disease. And it worked. And we’re all (including Moo) better for it.
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