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2 week old calf

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:44 pm
by Tomcolvin
I have a 2 week old calf that I notice this evening had the scours. It is grayish looking and is the first time noticing it was today. Should I be alarmed or is anything I need to do now.?

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:34 pm
by MRRherefords
If it is really runny I would give him a bolus. Make sure he stays hydrated as that is one of the first things to suffer is his hydration.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:22 am
by Tomcolvin
I have some pig scour halt and I have some large bolus capsules (would have to drench these). Which would be best? What would I do to keep from being dehydrated? They have plenty water.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:45 am
by MRRherefords
I am not sure as to the pig scour halt and the cow bolus' are usually aspirin type and not great for calves. Calf bolus' are the best thing to use. I will let someone with much more knowledge then me answer that question. As for the hydration, as long as he has the water in front of him he will be fine.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:11 am
by TCRanch
Sustain calf boluses and drench with electrolytes.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:14 am
by M-5
In a pinch use Pepto-Bismol it works for pigs and calves

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:43 am
by Tomcolvin
Ok, I looked and what I have is Ruemen yeast caps for dairy cattle. They are as large as your thumb so I would have to drench these if they would work. What is your advice? If ok would I use all of it or just part of it?

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:58 pm
by Tomcolvin
Ok, I guess I give this.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:50 pm
by TCRanch
I have no idea what Ruemen yeast caps are and I'm not familiar with dairy cattle. But I wouldn't give anything questionable to a calf with scours (or any animal) without first consulting a vet. If you do not have Sustain or electrolytes, M-5's suggestion of Pepto-Bismol will help for the scours and Gatorade in place of electrolytes.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:30 pm
by Workinonit Farm
Pepto Bismal/Pink Bismuth, is appropriate.

Scour-halt is good.

BUT------------ one needs to know WHAT is causing the scours in order to treat them effectively.

Is is scours from too much milk? Is it bacterial in nature? E-coli? Coccicidia? Take a fecal sample to your vet, any vet's office, and have them identify what organism (if any) is causing the problem, then you'll have a better idea, as to which direction to go with regard to treatment.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:06 pm
by Tomcolvin
Did fecal. Came back no parasites. She has a virus, my vet said to give an antibiotic and she should be fine. About 4ml of LA 200 is what I have. Will give tomorrow. Thanks for the help. I will also give a little Pepto Bisma pink tomorrow.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:19 pm
by TCRanch
Thanks for the update, good to know. If she were my calf I'd still be inclined to give electrolytes. If she won't take a bottle I'd drench her. Sending good luck!

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:08 pm
by Tomcolvin
Thanks TC,
I hope things change for you too. I have been following your trail of tears with all the weird stuff going on, I can really relate to that. I have lost so many calves probably because of my not knowing what to do. I have raised a lot of bottle calves and lost more than I raised. I had one little bull that I got up at 4 am every morning and bottle fed and then got ready for a 10 hour day job. Came in at night and fed again. This went on for about 3 months before I good get him on solid food eating on his own. He was 5 months old and a picture of health. I was working on a water line in the pen he was raised in and he came in to see what I was doing. Flies were bad and all over him so I got my Tractor Supply spray out that I had been using since he was little, tried to spray but bottle was about empty, maybe an ounce in it so I unscrewed the sprayer and poured it from neck down his back. He walked back out to pasture and He was dead in 10 minutes. I cried, it hurt so bad, how could I be so stupid. My vet said it went to his nervous system. Also he said if I had sprayed it on, it wouldn't have bothered him. The label on jug said ready to use, just pour on. I think it meant pour on the cattle rub for their back. This is only one stupid thing I done I have more but won't trouble you with them. My problems most of them I caused but in your case it appears to be things that just jump out at you when you don't see it coming. Praying things will change for you.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:33 am
by TCRanch
Oh my gosh, Tom, that's heartbreaking! And a tough lesson learned. Thanks for the prayers. Let Bella, her calf and my orphan join the herd this morning; hoping for the best.

Re: 2 week old calf

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:03 pm
by MRRherefords
We have lost so many calves. Most I look back and say if I had done this, it would have been different. For example, I once let a calf on one side of the creek,when her mom was on the other side. Calf got stuck in the mud trying to cross, and was stomped to the ground as a whole herd ran over him and killed him. Best thing is to learn from it and move on.