I am certain I let ny calf overgraze on the lush grass yesterday. She has the runs badly and is just kind of eating. Her temp is 100.2. What do I do? I am running to get sodium bicarbonate. Does she need a pedialyte or a tube of probiotics? Please help. I am very upset as I know its my fault for letting her graze so much
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Last Edit: Jan 22, 2014 19:13:27 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Tried to make her some molasses water with baking soda and sge would have none of it, so I took a 60 ml syringe and gave her two of those. Then I made her get up and she tooted and burped. I put some bicarbonate in her feed and she nibbled a bit of it. After a while she drank water and started eating hay. She ate maybe about half a square flake of coastal. She drank more water. About 3/4 gallon total so far. Husband is bringing probiotics from town. Anything else I should watch for? She is laying down chewing her cud right now.
Post by AnnB (NE) on Sept 23, 2012 22:20:04 GMT -5
"Loose" is really pretty normal after more grass than usual, she should straighten out in a couple of days. If it turns to colored water or gets a nasty smell though, then it's time to worry and call the vet.
Post by farmerswife on Sept 24, 2012 9:10:28 GMT -5
sorry Ana- I just got your message. It sounds like you have it under control already. no need for a vet if she's acting the way you say..... normal. My advice..... RELAX breathe deep it's just her body adjusting to the feed change (lush grass) as you know we didnt have an abundant amount here and she got more hay than she did grass. I would do as Ann suggested and given her hay. I'm not sure if I would have given the baking soda and that's just because its not a treatment I'm familiar with. I would have given her 2 scour pills and watched her. The molasses is a treatment I use for energy if they refuse everything else. My experience with molasses is that its very hard to give and it doesn't sound like she's in need for invasive force feeding. just limit her time on the grass until she adjusts. I could have warned you that the lush grass would give her the runs in the beginning but I never get too concerned about it..... it's just kind of "normal" around here. It's especially common in my beef herd in the spring after they have had hay all winter and the grass comes up......oooooiieeee........ but little calves it can and will kill them. I think Valarie oops sorry.......BIONCA is old enough she will adjust fine in a few days. Just keep her up while your at work and let her out for a few hours when you get home- she should be fine! call me anytime you need to! or text I'll reply faster than on here since I have to be HOME for this .
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