C-2 Calf down and unable to rise Dec 1, 2010 22:32:54 GMT -5
Post by hopecreek on Dec 1, 2010 22:32:54 GMT -5
Our 3 1/2 month Angus/Holstein steer is down. This started last week and I have been trying to help him. He is weaned, and was doing fine. We had a cold snap/ storm and when all the little steers came in the barn he was wobbly and weak looking so I put him in the hospital stall, he was walking at that time but he laid down and was not able to rise. Had mucus below his eyes, wet nose, no snotty nose. Called the vet then but was out of town. Our other vet nearby is a butcher so I never call them any more. Spotty Black, the calf was first given warm electrolyte water in a bottle as he was not interested in drinking from the little bucket. He had 1/2 gal. of that every 4 hrs and then switched to warm molasses water every 4. Then he was starting to drink from the bucket and nibble hay ( which were in front of him constantly). Periodically tried to get him up and he was so weak, could not rise. Temp was 103.4. The next day it was 104.4 so started him on the only thing I had- some sulfamethazone-trimethaprim I believe, powder put in his grain/alfalfa molasses food which he ate. The next day temp was down 1 degree and looked more bright eyed. The next day even better and called the vet again who gave me some injectable antibiotic which was given later that evening. That evening (before getting the injection) he got up several times tho still really weak. The next day got up in the morning with prompting and got him to walk around a bit (5min) and the next check he was standing and eating out of the feeder- really bright and happy looking. Thought we were doing good, but today, tho temp is now 101.1, he is dry nosed with a little snot and depressed looking and weak again, not getting up and has diarrhea which is the first time he has , his poop was fine before. I am really perplexed as to what to do. Any ideas?? Thanks everyone!! I really appreciate all the help and info shared here and everyone's love for their cows! Ours are special to us too.