For this Guernsey cow the lameness started shortly after calving, after she ‘fell over pushed by one of the other cows’. There is an ulcer of the sole in left hind. The foot was trimmed and improved and then an ulcer developed in the right hind. Again this was treated successfully and the problem reappeared in the left hind. Then interdigital polyps grew and became ulcerated and painful. The foot trimmer did well but could not solve this problem.
After 12 months, I am called in. She already received a number of remedies and responded temporarily to nat mur. The soles of the feet are very pitted, like small, regular concave craters in the sole of the hoof. It is strange to see how she appears to slide backwards of her claws, as if the claws have come loose in relation to the bone (but they are still well attached). They had to search for her to find her in the herd. She hides in the herd and she is usually not with the other cows. She likes being pressure hosed but she will not tolerate a trickle of water on her feet. We can smell her coming in the parlour. Although she has been many times in the crush for various treatments she is still willing to come in. She also never really dropped in milk production.
I used the follow rubrics:
– General, sides alternating sides
– Extremities, nail complaints (with all subrubrics to make sure all remedies that can be associated with nails are in the repertorisation).
– Perspiration, odour, offensive
– One rubric with: General, hard pressure amel.
– General, pinching amel
– General, leaning against something hard amel
– Generals, old age premature (to illustrate the situation with the claws)
-Generals, touch agg.
Only Sepia covers all the rubrics:
I prescribe the remedy because of the aspect of the claws and the fact that this cow hides in the group without being amongst the animals. Sepia 30c is given daily for 3 weeks. The remedy is repeated daily because of the curious anatomical deformation in the hope that it corrects itself. In indeed, she gradually gets back to normal over three weeks time and the claws return to their normal position.
The essence of Sepia according to AFADH, Loutan and Brunson:
Sepia has to go through the rationale of knowing whether those around her really love her, to be sure that it is safe to be with them. There is the memory of death after giving birth, which was the consequence of loving. Sepia gets lost and is wondering whether the love is ok. Wants to be close but not too close, hiding to avoid problems and sensation that there is no real support… no support hence bearing down. This cow fell off her claws….. .