Post by animalfarm on Jun 13, 2010 20:07:24 GMT -5
Mandie is not home and so I am beginning a thread for her. Friends brought over a calf, labeling it handicapped.
Mandie can provide pics when she gets home...
The calf cannot walk, both eyes are cloudy, only one blinks if you touch the lid, the calf throws it's head from side to side and if it doesn't have cushioning, it slams it's own head on the ground. The tongue hangs out most of the time.
I went to check on him as he gets into spells of thrashing, he cannot stand..and noticed what looked like thick white/green slime on it's tongue. When I went to clean his tongue he threw his head back, and I noticed that the top of his mouth is not closed. I think that's called cleft pallet?
We have no desire to keep an animal alive if it is suffering, and if it has no hope to get up.
It has been tubed 3 times with colostrum.
It was born yesterday morning.
I can't think of anything else to share, if I am missing details please let me know.
Thanks so much, blessings to you all, Tamar
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2011 17:06:27 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Post by animalfarm on Jun 13, 2010 23:02:26 GMT -5
After writing, he started having many seizures, was crying out, oh I ached for him! He now rests in peace, thanks for the support and wise counsel. You are always appreciated and greatly respected. Tamar
Post by jerseylovinliz on Jun 15, 2010 0:13:19 GMT -5
He was a pretty little thing... I'm hoping you don't mind if I use this an a learning oppurtunity? Are his issues just random birth defects most likely? I know certain things can cause major issues in humans during pregnancy. Are those typical of anything or just bad luck?
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.
I'd definitely get back in touch with whoever is in charge at the dairy he came from, to make sure they know he had a cleft palate. This is info they may need when deciding on future breeding choices for mama. If this cow or the calf's sire have thrown cleft palates before, then she may be a cull cow- you certainly wouldn't want to keep the cleft palate gene in your herd. And they may not want to breed back to the same bull in future. As you witnessed, a cleft palate usually is a death sentence in an animal, and they are usually genetic. So sorry you had to deal with such a heartbreaker, but lucky calf he had help to ease his passing.
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