Post by pinellisdreamfarm on Feb 25, 2012 18:24:25 GMT -5
I have an orphan calf that I am trying to care for! He is about 9-10 days old and has had scours since he was 3-4 days old. It started out with just bits of blood in his poop the day after I brought him home. Not really scours yet. Then I started treating him with Pen G IM and the blood went away but then got scours (watery, yellow, FOUL smelling). He has had it since then. I have tried sulmet and I took him off Pen G thinking maybe thats why it got so bad. He is unfortunately on milk replacer since I have no source for milk here. Should I give him pasteurized whole milk from the store? would that be better? I am also giving him electrolytes 2 qts or more a day. He is being fed 2 qts in am, 1 qt noon and 1-2 qts in pm if he will take it of either milk replacer or electrolytes. Temp was 102.6 then 102.9 last I checked. He shivers when he drinks his bottle. He still mooing but laying around alot. Anyway anyone have any more suggestions on how to help this little guy? My vet charges $42 for a stool test so I haven't done that yet although considering it now. Just seems OUTRAGIOUS for a poop test. I have been also giving him Probios probiotics. He won't eat any calf starter or hay. Won't even try drinking water from the bucket. What am I doing wrong how come this won't heal? Its been WAY to long!! I am also going tomorrow to get him some fluids to give Sub Q. He is not pooping all day just 3 x a day or so. Help
Is his milk replacer warmed up to 101-103*F - temperature is very important. Cool milk into a baby animal can give it scours lickity split, even if it's as warm as 90*F. He shouldn't be shivering after drinking his bottle.... Follow the directions on the bag too, don't over feed him as this can easily cause scours as well. I'll let someone else suggest treatment options, as I haven't dealt with a scouring calf for a long time. Good luck!
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The shivering can be muscle tremors from electrolyte loss. Blood in the poo generally means e. coli or salmonella. We're dealing with something very similar. I can write out what the vet gave us if you like.
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What breed is the calf? What does he weigh? What are the circumstances of its birth? How did it get orphaned? Trying to find out what kind of start it got and how much colostrum and how high quality was that colostrum? What is his temp now? Be sure to take it regularly. Is he dehydrated? Do you know how to check? What electrolytes are you giving him?
Penn G is no good for scours.
A calf that is pooping three times a day doesn't sound like its scouring. Something is off there. Is the poop like water? Screen door diarrhea? Please elaborate.
Unless its a big calf, it sounds like you might be overfeeding it.
Post by giggleboxfarm on Feb 27, 2012 10:16:45 GMT -5
My vet told me that I was trying to get too much into my calf when he had scours - that all that fluid would cause him to scour himself to death. The day that I had called to find out if I was doing enough, I had given him 2 quarts electrolytes, 1.5 quarts milk replacer, and another 1 quart of electrolytes. He was about 2 weeks old, and around 65 lbs - jersey cross.
They told me to stop, lol. To feed ONLY 1 quart of milk replacer twice a day for 2 days. Bumping up a little during that time if he started having normal poop and to slowly to up to normal feed. Since he isn't 100lbs, for him that isn't 2 quarts of feed twice a day.
I would definately run it across your vet, mine was happy to dispense advice through his receptionist over the phone. And losing one is sucky hell.
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