bull calf with weak hips
I've gained a reputation as a softie, and take in bucket calves that need extra tlc (I usually have the time a patience, when others don't). I picked up a 2 week old red angus bull calf yesterday with a really weak back end. He was checked over by a vet, given Draxxin, MU-SE, Multimin, and Dex last week. I also gave him Banamine last night as soon as I got him to my place. There are no visible abnormalities in his back legs or hips. He can get up and stand on his own but when he tries to walk, his back legs twist around and he goes in a circle until he goes down. If I stand next to him with my knee in his back hip, he can lean into me and walk normally (just very slow).
He was nursing on mom (the lady brought the cow up to the calf every 3 hours to nurse) so he has grown well, hes a little beast. He has a lot of spunk, every few steps he will try and hop and kick his back legs up. His hip mobility seems to be ok when I hold his leg and move it around, and he is a strong little bugger! I was told his birth was really fast and easy, no pulling or hip lock.
I took in a calf with similar issues a couple years ago and he came out of it after several weeks, but that may have just been dumb luck. Just curious if anyone else had ideas or suggestions on what I can do to help the little guy out?
Thanks in advance!