Is a frequent occurrence amongst cows in certain districts or on particular farms, and if one cow aborts it generally occurs that others do the same in a short time after; a cow that has once aborted frequently aborts about the same time in following years; it has been termed by some persons an epidemic, and it is not at all infrequently attributed to witchcraft, and if there happen to be a poor wrinkled-faced old woman in the neighbourhood where a number of cows have aborted, she is very suspiciously looked upon as being the cause of the disaster; but, however, abortion is more frequently produced by injuries than from any other cause, either from a push from another cow, or a blow from the person who attends to them. I have some times known it to take place in several cows from a strange dog running amongst and worrying them.
REMEDIES: Arnica, Secale cornutum, Pulsatilla and Sabina.
Arnica, if during the period of gestation a cow is known to receive an injury, whether there are symptoms of abortion or not it is safest to administer the remedy to prevent any bad results following.
Dose. Ten drops twice a day for several day
Secale cornutum [Sec]
Secale cornutum, should the animal strain occasionally and there are symptoms of abortion it may be used in alternation with Arnica.
Dose. Ten drops three times a day. If these fail to remove the symptoms, and it is evident that abortion must take place it is most likely to the foetus is dead and the sooner it is removed the better; afterwards give a dose or two of Arnica and use the Arnica lotion externally.
Pulsatilla, if the afterbirth is slow in coming away will generally produce the desired effect.
Dose. Ten drops every half hour.
Sabina or Secale cornutum, if the straining continues.
Dose. The same as directed for Pulsatilla.