Post by elitefarms on Jan 15, 2019 19:58:26 GMT -5
I took one of my adopted calves to the vet for that and it was from over nursing that's why I started letting the calves with Mom at all times so they have a few meals vs drinking everything 2 times a day, the vet pretty much suggested that I just make sure that they drink multiple times a day and not a lot each feeding, once I bumped it up to feeding each time the moms calf drank it fixed itself, this being said he was acting perfectly fine and had no temperature and a light yellow poop almost the color of the milk but still a little poop color, mostly liquid.
That’s not scours. Halter her and smush her against a wall, head into a corner.
Not scours as in not abnormal, or something to be concerned about??
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Post by Debbie Lincoln on Jan 15, 2019 21:06:39 GMT -5
I should have said, “That’s not DANGEROUS (viral)” scours. That’s “nutritional scours” caused by over eating or too rich food. The advice to allow multiple SMALL feedings is good. OR restricted, timed feedings if only allowing cow access twice a day.
BUT to be sure, take the calf’s temp. Viral scours almost always result in fever. And nasty brown, bloody watery, projectile poop. That will disappear into the ground and you cannot find. If you can FIND the poop, the calf is probably OK. (If your dogs don’t eat it first, like mine do!)
I will tell you that my cow's natural heifers over ate in the beginning as they stayed with mommas full time and had nutritional scours. But I took their temp nearly everyday and they never had a fever. So no meds. They adjusted after several weeks and did fine. Debbie Lincoln is right that there is a big difference in scours and treatment. You need to know what is wrong to determine the proper course of treatment. Taking their temp is very important in assessing calf health. They don't love it but it has to be done.
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