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VERY sick calf nobody knows what's wrong (help!)
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charlene    Posted 01-18-2003 at 14:45:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a calf that we got 11 days ago, and she is the only one still alive out of 5. The others had bloody scours, and my vet said one other one definitely had pneumonia. She has been seen by the vet about 5 times, and he doesn't know what's wrong with her. She had a touch of the scours a few days ago, but I gave her the beef broth remedy(which the vet ok'd) and that's gone, but she is VERY weak, has a very dry nose (stuffy I think), and she can't stand or walk for very long. She is currently residing in my kitchen, since my barn isn't heated, and we've had freezing temps for the last couple of days. She is still sucking & finishing her bottle, and we started her on penicillin last night, since we've tried anything else. The weakness seems to be greatest in her back legs. Any suggestions??????

Spence    Posted 01-19-2003 at 19:34:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I do have some old remedies that the vet wouldn't know about, or at least jog his memory. Drop me a line if you want to hear about them.

lori    Posted 09-14-2007 at 09:37:15       [Reply]  [No Email]

Raind is my sick calf

Farmer Gene (WI)    Posted 01-19-2003 at 11:19:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it's pneumonia her temperature will be higher than normal, normal is 101.5 and her breathing will be very rapid, I would give her penicillin and 1-2cc of dexamethasone. The vet should have the dexamethasone. Don't be afraid to give her a good dose of penicillin it probably calls for 1cc per hundred lbs, but I would go 4 or 5, should be better by next feeding if not oxytetracycline 100 is a good drug for pneumonia.I would definitely get her on some electrolytes. also if your losing that many calves there must be something wrong with where you're housing them, best place is outside where there are no drafts. sometimes we think we are doing them a favor by keeping them inside where it is toasty warm but that is not always the case.

Spence    Posted 01-18-2003 at 20:05:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd contact another vet. Try to get an old timer who's been farming and now is in the healing business.

Sounds like you got pet vet.

Dennis    Posted 01-19-2003 at 16:56:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Spence, Good to hear from ya.

Spence    Posted 01-19-2003 at 20:01:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Long time no hear!!!!. Lot of the old gang has left. That's too bad as many folks need help getting started. I was thinking of dropping out too, but the questions show newcomers are getting on board.

Charlene    Posted 01-18-2003 at 17:41:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks soooo much for answering me everyone! I'm at my wits end, really. I've watched 4 of these little ones die in the last week, and she is the smallest, and the strongest of the group. Now, as for the penicillin, the vet said we could try it, because it wouldn't hurt, since she's already had 2 shots of mycotil, 2 shots of nuflor (?), and 2 shots of LA200 since her arrival here, and nothing seems to have worked any miracles thus far. Should I not give her any more penicillin? Also, I just gave her 1 1/4 quarts electrolytes that the feed store brought over to me today. I've also been rubbing Karo on her gums a couple of times a day (per vet's advice). It's so frustrating to watch her struggling to stand and not knowing how to help her. She HAS gained some visible weight, since she is the only one of the five that continued to drink her bottle. Thanks again, and please let me know anything else you may come up with! Oh, she is 1/2 jersey, 1/2 holstein.

Maureen    Posted 06-04-2004 at 20:47:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also have a very sick calf, she is scouring and we have had her to the vets twice. We are trying electrolytes and eggs, also have tried Micotil and Bourgal..she is almost 3 weeks old, and is so weak she can't walk. Can anyone help??

Sandie    Posted 01-18-2008 at 12:35:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a older calf that had bad diarrhea. It wasn't until I gave him Probios gel did it stop. I also gave him a little terrimycin in his water and gatoraid.

Jim in Michigan    Posted 01-18-2003 at 16:31:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont know about there, but here there is a low selenium content,,,thats exactly what happened to my goats when they were low on selenium,,,Try giving Bo-Se or some other selenium, you can get it at the vet,,ask him about it and also Black leg or White muscle disease....Jim

Corey    Posted 01-18-2003 at 15:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
If your calf doesn't get better soon, go to your vet and get a shot of Mycotil (not sure if I spelled it right) Its a high powerd antibiotic that I have had a lot of succes with in baby calves. Be careful if you use it, don't reuse the needle and do not even by accident stick yourself with it.

Burrhead    Posted 01-18-2003 at 15:36:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Charlene it is normal that the weakness looks worse in the hind end of cattle. She's probly just weak in general.

They use their head to balance the front end and to give a boost in getting up and it makes the rear end seem slow to respond or weak. On cattle that are weak most times if you help them up by picking them up by the tail they can go ahead and stand on their own.

I would almost bet she has shipping fever (stress) p-monia.

There is still hope as long as she is nursing. You may want to add some Karo syrup or mollasses to the bottle to give extra energy and also add some electrolytes.

Your feed store should have some calf electrolyte mix that makes it simple enough.

If there isnt any electrolyte mix available some Gator Aide powdered mix is about as good if ye add it into the bottle of milk.

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-18-2003 at 15:27:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used to milk Jersey cows, and raise Holstein calves with the milk. Many times when you buy calves at a sale barn, they have been exposed to all kinds of diseases. E coli is one of the worst and most dangerous causes of scours, and is very contagious. Also, if you got the calves at a sale barn, there's a good chance they never had colostrum (the mother's first milk), and if they don't get that in the first 24 hours of life, they will almost surely die. And if they live they don't do well. At the first sign of scours, I would take the calf off milk and give it only electrolytes in its bottle. If it got so sick it refused to suck, I tube-fed it. You can buy a tube feeder at most farm stores, and it isn't as hard to use as most people think. The main thing is to make sure you have the tube all the way in, because otherwise the liquid can get to his lungs and give him pnumonia. It is nearly impossible to insert the tube into the wrong place, for the opening in the trachea is much too small to admit it. I know farmers that are afraid to try this, and many of them came and got me when they had a calf that needed to be tube fed. I like to get the calf on the ground and sort of sit on him, because often even a weak calf will start fighting when you insert the tube. Oh, one very important thing: NEVER give a calf a bottle lying down. You can tube-feed him lying down, but don't bottle feed him unless he is on his feet.

Ron/PA    Posted 01-18-2003 at 15:09:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why did the vet put her on penecillin?? Did he tell you what he was trying to fight?

art    Posted 01-18-2003 at 15:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
it sounds like your calf has winter disentry
a good way to clear it up is about half a bottle 5 oz. of hibutain and a good shot af aquapen 5 c.c. to start.

Bob    Posted 01-19-2003 at 15:35:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How are you doing with that calf? If you haven't had any luck yet you can give me a call hard to check everything on here (570) 945-5800 ASK FOR BOB

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