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3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:28 pm
by Mattie4life
My calf has been sick with pneumonia, lethargic, distressed breathing, runny nose. She has been vaccinated via a vet and instructed us not to give her anything but hay. Is there anything (home remedy) we might be able to try to nurse her back to health?

B.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:31 pm
by MRRherefords
A little TLC and listen to your vet.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:28 pm
by Aaron
One dose of Resflor will set it straight. If not, you'll either have a dead calf, or worse, a chronic.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:39 pm
by RanchMan90
Draxxin

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:23 pm
by Ky hills
Used Nuflor or the newer Resflor for years, with pretty good success, but now Draxxin is my go too. Also, something that I try to do for sick calves is to give them electrolytes if they are weak.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:51 am
by wbvs58
Yes with home remedies you will be burying it. I think you need some of the top shelf stuff that has been mentioned. That is if your diagnosis is correct.

Ken

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:26 am
by dun
If it is pneumonia the only home cure is a bullet

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:20 am
by TCRanch
What did your vet give her? And how high is her temp? I agree with Resflor Gold (has Banamine in it) or a combo of Draxxin & Banamine and definitely electrolytes.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:31 pm
by farmerjan
Not sure of what benefit a vaccine would be while the calf is actually that sick. What vaccine? I don't know of any home remedy that will do more than maybe help relieve the dehydration; ie. any electrolyte formula to give it more fluids and some energy. If it has labored breathing, snotty nose and all that you described, then anti-biotics are the only way to go to try to save it. Hay will do nothing except keep it's gut tract filled but if it is having trouble breathing, eating hay will only wear it out from expended energy with little or no putting back the protein and such to give it some energy. When not eating well, concentrates will help to keep up their strength. You could try some of the molasses based drenches that can be mixed in their water bucket if it will drink it.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:13 am
by Son of Butch
farmerjan wrote:Not sure of what benefit a vaccine would be while the calf is actually that sick. What vaccine? I don't know of any home remedy that will do more than maybe help relieve the dehydration; ie. any electrolyte formula to give it more fluids and some energy. If it has labored breathing, snotty nose and all that you described, then anti-biotics are the only way to go to try to save it. Hay will do nothing except keep it's gut tract filled but if it is having trouble breathing, eating hay will only wear it out from expended energy with little or no putting back the protein and such to give it some energy. When not eating well, concentrates will help to keep up their strength. You could try some of the molasses based drenches that can be mixed in their water bucket if it will drink it.

First time poster... so everything has to be taken with a grain of salt.
She didn't say calf was vaccinated while sick or even when it was vaccinated.
No Vet worth their salt would vaccinate a sick animal instead of treating nor would they advise a hay only diet for a
90 day old baby calf. A lot of missing info. Based on symptoms 1st step, treat with a prescription medicine, NuFlor ect.

p.s.
Grandma has pneumonia.... any home remedies to try instead of taking her to a doctor? :)

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:02 am
by TCRanch
[quote="Son of Butch"

p.s.
Grandma has pneumonia.... any home remedies to try instead of taking her to a doctor? :)[/quote]
My 87 year old mother in law swears by coating your chest & back with Vics then sealing it with wax paper.

Re: 3mo old calf with pneumonia

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:46 am
by Son of Butch
A cold.... yes..... pneumonia (a life threatening disease) no.