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partially paralyzed baby calf

Postby michellemckinney » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:36 am

My neighbor called and said he had a calf for me if i wanted it. Its a new baby calf that fell off in the creek and was hanging by a root on its back end when he found it(not aure how long it had been there). He was able to get it and take it to the house but due to being caught up and hanging its hips and back legs are partially paralyzed. It can stand and walk a few feet but then its lays back down. I got it about 5:30 this morning and tried to give it a bottle, didnt take much but got some down it. I am needing to know what there is i can do to help him?

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Re: partially paralyzed baby calf

Postby dun » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:50 am

Keep getting food in him, turkey baster might be the answer there. Get something from the vet for pain/swelling and he probably will turn out fine in the long run.
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Re: partially paralyzed baby calf

Postby farmerjan » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:49 am

Possibility of Banamine for the swelling and pain which could be internal from him being stuck. If he is walking a little I really think getting him to eat and a little exercise at a time will get him back in shape. Try some electrolytes for energy, and some probios gel down it's throat to get it's gut tract to working. Don't give electrolytes in the milk replacer, it will cause scours. Alternate feedings. You might just try a shot of b-complex to stimulate the appetite also. A little TLC will go a long way...how would you feel being stuck hanging in the creek by your hips ???? Fewer small feedings will do as much or more for a few days.

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Re: partially paralyzed baby calf

Postby Supa Dexta » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:32 am

Had one from a hard pull at birth that couldnt use its back legs for near a week. I just sat in a chair and put it over my knee a few times a day while it nursed its mother. Its now a mother itself this year.

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Re: partially paralyzed baby calf

Postby SIMMGAL » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:25 am

How's your calf doing for you? I've had a few over the years like that and they've all straightened out over time or with some meds for inflammation. Could be pain or a pinched nerve due to his injury and/or inflammation. If you're worried about the calf not getting enough to eat, might need to try tube feeding if he's too weak or not interested.
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Re: partially paralyzed baby calf

Postby M-5 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:52 am

Most likely gonna be a one hit wonder.
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