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Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby tabithaab » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:46 am

Can someone help?!

My two week old bottle bull calf constantly leaks urine, standing or lying. This has been going on for 2 days. He's lethargic and has trouble getting up, eats fine, no diarrhea, no fever. He lays flat on his side and only gets up when I make him. I'm worried I'm losing him. Any ideas?? Thanks.
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby greybeard » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:25 am

Need to get a vet on it as soon as you can. Cattle can get diabetes (diabetes mellitus) or it may be a urinary tract infection.
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby MRRherefords » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:37 am

Sounds similar to a UTI to me.
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby tabithaab » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:38 am

Thanks for replying, Greybeard. Heading BACK to the vet today. This "free" bottle baby definitely hasn't been cheap!
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby dun » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:42 am

tabithaab wrote:Thanks for replying, Greybeard. Heading BACK to the vet today. This "free" bottle baby definitely hasn't been cheap!

Sometimes it means that someone finally got "free" of having to spend money on it themselves
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby Caustic Burno » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:51 am

dun wrote:
tabithaab wrote:Thanks for replying, Greybeard. Heading BACK to the vet today. This "free" bottle baby definitely hasn't been cheap!

Sometimes it means that someone finally got "free" of having to spend money on it themselves


Quit bottle calves years ago.
I am off cheaper to give them to a lady at church that runs a couple jerseys.
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby tabithaab » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:16 pm

Thanks for y'all's responses. Vet said it's possible UTI, but she thinks he might have urine leaking out through his navel. Gave him ban and antibiotics, gonna give him a couple days, then put him down if he's no better.
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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby wbvs58 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:05 pm

The urachis is supposed to seal off at birth so the urine doesn't leak through the navel. From memory a styptic pencil can be worked into the tube to cause some inflammation to enhance its closure. Styptic pencil as in something like wart remover, you need to be very specific with where you are putting it though.

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Re: Bull calf can't stop urinating

Postby mpassmore85 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:52 am

He would have a simple UTI they can get in utero frequently. My area lots of bottle calves are dairy lucky if they get colostrum ripped away from their mommas after less than a day that and a twin.

Make his milk replacer double strength and the other half add pedialyte (yes the one you have for babies).
Also give him a shot of slow release penicillin 1 cc per 35 pounds. (Strong yes but they need to start)
After first day give 1 cc per 50 pounds 3 -5 days is max.

Keep him up as much as possible most importantly. If they are flat as a pancake they have given up.
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