Post by wendytillman on Sept 23, 2011 19:28:53 GMT -5
Hi, I saw a similar post, but I think my calf is presenting a bit differently. She is 3 weeks old, feeding well, sprightly, lots of peeing but for the past week+ she has occassionally had bloody mucous around her poo or just after a poo (no sign of blood IN the poo itself) and the poo is very firm (definitely no sign of scouring, not quite as dry/solid as dog poo, but close). And the poo has turned more from the yellow-brown to a darker brown-black (especially once it dries). It is kind of thick and tarry at times and we've seen some stringy/fibrous bits. She seems to strain a bit, but easily goes especially if you give her a scratch. I have seen her eating hay and a bite of grass (following mom!), drinking water and she is on her mom for milk, with us taking off only 3-4 liters per day (she was a heiffer). I thought it was early for her to be on solids.......
We are using olive oil (which happens to have lime in it as well) on mom's udders for moisturizing - will get some without lime on monday, but I suppose that could be irritating the calf? I would think the oil would be good lubrication, if anything...! Everything I have read seems to point to danger only if scouring or if there is blood IN the manure....
SO.... is it likely she is just transitioning to solid food early and having a tough time with it or should I get the vet out?
Thanks so much for any advice! This is only the 3rd calf I've dealt with so I haven't got much experience yet!
From your description, I think she's fine. She's probably just breaking some tiny blood vessels when she strains to pass her poop - especially if she's starting to nibble on hay and grass. Is the blood bright red? That's a sign that it was fresh and from an area near the anus (vs farther up in the bowels) - small amounts of bright red blood shouldn't be a sign of problems.
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Either that or she's shedding her intestinal lining in preparation for solid food. It's entirely normal.
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I've called the vet for similar findings, and was told not to worry, especially since the calf was still nursing from the cow. Apparently, my vets don't see many problems in calves who are allowed to nurse!
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