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What Would Make a Cow Lose Only the White Part of Her Hide?

If you’re wondering what would make a cow lose only the ‘white’ part of her hide, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for information on the causes of Teat lesions and Footrot. Also, learn about BVD and Grass tetany. The most common cause of a cow losing only her white hide is an infection, so here are some causes.


Foot rot is a disease that affects the hooves of cattle. It is caused by a bacterium called Fusobacterium necrophorum, which is found naturally on the skin. To become infective, however, the bacteria must be infected by an injury. Foot rot can also occur in cattle if their skin is not properly maintained. Some good practices to minimize foot rot include keeping footpads free from sharp objects, sloping the pastures properly, and smoothing rough areas. Feeding cattle properly also helps reduce the risk of foot rot.


While most cases of BVD are subclinical and have minimal clinical signs, it can also affect immunocompetent animals. Animals that have been infected by contaminated semen have been known to infect cattle for long periods. Cows that are infected with frozen semen from infected bulls have been reported to infect cattle. While these symptoms are rare, they are still alarming.

Teat lesions

The affected area of the udder is usually the white portion of the cow’s hide. Teat lesions in cattle appear like a sunburn on the animal’s skin and are accompanied by blisters and cracks that ooze. The affected area of the hide may also become dry, causing the animal to seek shade or rub on posts. The affected area would eventually die. It is important to treat this disease early, as it can lead to severe complications such as mastitis, which would cause the cow to lose only the white portion of her hide.

Grass tetany

While the symptoms of grass tetany are not always obvious, they are serious. If not diagnosed early, the disease could lead to the cow’s death. In addition to being a serious medical problem, the symptoms are easily mistaken for other diseases, such as ketosis or milk fever. Cattle herders often fail to notice the signs of grass tetany until they discover the cow’s demise in the pasture. There is a treatment for grass tetany, however. The symptoms include dullness, exaggerated motions, and a decreased appetite.

BVD-induced diarrhea

The BVD virus can affect calves as young as 1-2 days, and if left untreated, can cause severe dehydration, leading to death. BVD can also lead to secondary bacterial infections, which can be even more fatal. Diarrhea caused by BVD is not contagious, but treatment can be lifesaving. Calves are infected as young as two days old, and most usually die after about one week. However, in severe cases, intravenous bicarbonate can be administered to improve survival rates.

BVD-induced frothy bloat

BVD is a disease that causes respiratory disease in cattle and can lead to abortions and fetal malformations. Infected pregnant cows may be infected mid-pregnancy and become persistently infected, or PI, cattle. If cattle show these signs, they should be killed immediately. Veterinary professionals can test new additions for BVD before allowing them to live in the herd. Various vaccines are available that protect cattle from the disease. Veterinary personnel can advise you on which vaccine to use for your cattle.

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