With the milk scarcity looming large over the Union Territory, the veterinarians at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research (RIVER) have now got a new thelorescectoscope, which will help with teat-related problems in milch cattle. It will allow them to regain their full level of milk production.
Minimally invasive procedure
The equipment will be used on cows, buffaloes and other cattle that have suffered from some kind of injuries on their udders.
These injuries often mean that one or more of the teats of the animal have been damaged.
Using this minimal invasive procedure, they will be able to cure the riminants with very little discomfort, Dean of RIVER S. Thilagar said.
This is a fairly common problem amongst cattle, and the hospital sees at least two or three cases every week.
In this treatment, the theloresectoscope is inserted into the teat.
Through a computer attached to the scope, the doctors explore the inside of the teat and try to locate the exact spot of the problem.
Once the problem is identified, they then repair it using a collagen-based tube that will be absorbed in the body of the cattle, reducing the recovery time, he said.
Only centre in South
This is the only centre in South India, where this kind of treatment is available for cattle.
Conventionally these problems are dealt using surgical methods, which have a long recovery time. Even as a diagnostic tool, the theloresectoscope is extremely helpful, since it provides a three dimensional idea of the problems, he said.
Many cows are subject to these problems. Sometimes the problem occurs because of the way the cows are milked. At other times, it could be due to injury to the udder by another animal, or because of internal bleeding, principal investigator of the project N. Arul Jothi said.
The entire project has been sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, with a total outlay of Rs. 32.28 lakh that will be used to develop collagen based biodegradable teat protectants, head of the department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology at RIVER B. Ramesh Kumar said.