Calf born with large head

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Calf born with large head

Postby trinityranch » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:22 pm

Had a weird one today. Cow went into labor three weeks before herd due date. I checked rectally and felt head so I let her labor. After waiting for a bit, I checked vaginally, it had both feet back. It was fairly easy correcting, but something felt off, so we assisted her. Calf is 60 lbs and full term, but has extra thick head and neck muscles and is breathing snorty. In 15 years have never seen this, although in pretty sure it's dwarfism. He is SITTING up, swallowing some milk, not sure what prognosis is? Anybody else seen this?
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby TCRanch » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:38 am

No, but I hope someone else has an idea - I'm intrigued. Can you post a pic?
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby ALACOWMAN » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:36 pm

trinityranch wrote:Had a weird one today. Cow went into labor three weeks before herd due date. I checked rectally and felt head so I let her labor. After waiting for a bit, I checked vaginally, it had both feet back. It was fairly easy correcting, but something felt off, so we assisted her. Calf is 60 lbs and full term, but has extra thick head and neck muscles and is breathing snorty. In 15 years have never seen this, although in pretty sure it's dwarfism. He is SITTING up, swallowing some milk, not sure what prognosis is? Anybody else seen this?

I've seen snorter dwarfs,,,which is what it sounds like.. is he closely inbred????......""But"" she may have been in labor for awhile..which might cause fluid on the lungs and swelling..wouldn't condemn him yet..if he is a snorter, it's best to euthanize him
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:43 pm

My first thought was dwarf as well.
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby Lucky_P » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:52 pm

Photo?

Not just a swollen head/neck from being stuck in the birth canal for a long time?
If that were to be the case, the swelling will dissipate.
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby trinityranch » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:01 am

You are right! Been a busy 24 hours but the swelling is almost gone with a shot of banamine. He is still needing lots of care being a preemie, but has a good will to live! Here's hoping!
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby Lucky_P » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:15 pm

Swelling would have gone away without the banamine... it was not an inflammatory process, so the banamine really had no role in the process.
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Re: Calf born with large head

Postby dun » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:11 pm

Only big headed calf we've has was hydro-cephalic.
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