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Texasmark1
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When I was growing up and living on the Gulf Coast, any injury you got in saltwater fishing, wading, or whatever, healed itself. Only problem is that salt has a burning sensation, especially when you swim in salt water getting it in your eyes and I'd have to assume the calves weren't all that happy about getting salt in their eyes. Never had pinkeye, although growing up some kids had it. Don't know what it feels like so I can't say if the salt in their eyes was the lesser of two evils.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Love the head line, but my better discretion keeps me from making further comments.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Salt is a natural antiseptic, that's why meat was preserved with it, it killed the mold and bacteria leaving the meat suitable to eat. The salt is doing the same thing for the cows by killing the bacteria that is causing the pinkeye. I'm sure it's painful, but has to be better than having pinkeye.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I opened this thread just to see what a wive's tail looks like...
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Lots of ways to treat pinkeye. My Grandpappy used to say that you can treat them and they will be better in 3 weeks. Or just leave them alone and they will be over it in 21 days.

I won't touch your wive's tail question.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Seems to me granular salt could itself do harm by scratching the cornea. Would a salt solution work just as well?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It doesn't cure anything, or kill the bacteria. I think you'll find as many cattlemen that will tell you it does nothing as you will find that says it helps.
I think the general belief is that the salt MIGHT help in that it causes the eye to water, therefor flushing it well. But most will tell you what Old Farmall Fan's gandpappy told him. It'll clear up in 3 weeks with treatment, or 21 days without.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Dont know, but I tried it on my granddaughter and my wife got all over me. So after all the yelling, next time they will have to just cure it themselves.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:40 am    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For many years my dad poured salt in the bag when we cut calves. It pretty much stopped any infections or problems but you could tell they didn't like it much.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Is this a wives tail? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Robert (ID) wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:33:05 11/06/19) not sure if its scientifically proven but, I've used it that way for years. I saw dad do it and granddad did it too... Now if you really want to wince, when we would castrate hogs, dad had a mixture 3/1 of table salt and sugar that he put on the fresh cuts... that kinda gives a new meaning to salt pork..


My dad used a pop bottle full of diesel fuel on the pigs when we castrated them...used motor oil brushed on ringworm when the calves got it. Guess you used what ya had back then....
 
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