Blood in milk syndrome, observed in a number of freshly calved
dairy animals, has caught little attention of research workers.
However, the losses caused to dairy farmers due to wastage of
milk because of its discolouration, which renders it unfit for
human consumption, sliould prompt an immediate, economical and
effective treatment of the condition. Parenteral anticoagulants
have been attempted with little success to cure it (Eddy and Clark,
1982). The haemostatic agents used in routine are costlier and
are not 100 percent effective. So attempts have been made to use
homeopathic medicines for the management of this syndrome (Pachauri
et aI., 1994). Blue electricity has been recommended as an effective
antihaemorrhagic drug in electropathy (Kumar, 1987) but there
are no published reports of its trial in veterinary practice.
It was, therefore, decided to test the drug in clinical cases
of blood in milk.
The study was conducted on 60 clinical cases of blood in milk
of freshly calved cross bread dairy cows of Moga and Ferozepur
districts of Punjab. The affected cows were having discolouration
of milk varying from pale pink to dark chocolate brown with no
flakes on strip cup examination. Animals were randomly divided
into two groups - A and B. Animals of gr A (50) were treated with
blue electricity and half a teaspoonful of the drug was administered
thrice a day orally for 4 days. Ten cases (gr B) kept as control,
were given half a teaspoonful of distilled water with same frequency
and duration. Milk was regularly checked for its colour and presence
of flakes, if any, during each milking. The owners were asked
to re-port recurrence of the condition, if any, in three weeks
time. The results were analyzed statistically to calculate percent
Out of total 50 cases in gr A, 42 animals were cured within 48-72
hr as the milk colour changed to normal indicating a cure rate
of 84%. In control group, out of 10 cases, only one animal (10%)
was cured and that too in 96 hr. Statistical analysis showed that
cure rate in gr A (84%) was significantly (P<0.01) higher than
that of gr B (10%). It construes from above that the drug cured
blood in milk syndrome with good results. The owners of the cows
cured with Blue Electricity did not report recurrence of the syndrome
up to three weeks after discontinuation of therapy, which further
supported the treatment regime. It is concluded that the drug
can conveniently be used for the management of blood in milk syndrome
as it is effect!ve and cheaper.
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