Droopy ear calf

Cattle problems.
Tbrake
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 143
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 5:37 pm

Droopy ear calf

Postby Tbrake » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:03 pm

3 month old bull calf is walking around acting like he doesn't feel good. Still sucking and picking at grass. Week ago he had a red ball (like a half baseball) hanging out his rear. Haven't seen it since that night. Just noticed him acting like this tonight. Could these be related? What should I do? Shot of antibiotic? Thanks
0 x

Tbrake
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 143
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 5:37 pm

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby Tbrake » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:04 pm

Image
0 x

User avatar
greatgerts
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1059
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 6:25 pm
Location: De Soto MO
Contact:

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby greatgerts » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:43 am

It very well could be related. the "red ball" you describe is a prolapse. If that is coming out of his anus, then he will have problems with bowel movements. If he still has the prolapse, do you think he'd probably be acting sick if he couldn't be nice for a week? The prolapse needs to be fixed, if it can (might be too late). If it can be fixed, once healed, he needs to grow wheels. There are too many good ones to deal with issues like that.
0 x

Tbrake
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 143
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 5:37 pm

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby Tbrake » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:36 am

I assumed he would be bloated and in extreme discomfort if he hadn't had any movements in a week. He no longer has the prolapse. I check this herd almost daily
0 x

User avatar
Black and Good
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1451
Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:21 am
Location: Eastern Kansas

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby Black and Good » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:34 am

Good eye on the ears! Their ears will tell you a lot. When their ears are like that they for sure don't feel right. When you saw the red ball was he laying or standing? Sometimes if they are really full and laying you might see something like that but, not the size your describing. Maybe, treat with antibotics and prepare to get a vet out if no improvement. B&G
0 x
WARNING! These Cattle get in your blood. Hope you have credit or a thick checkbook! LOL

Tbrake
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 143
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 5:37 pm

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby Tbrake » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:28 am

He was standing. This morning he was riding other calves and acting normal other than the droopy ears. Like I said, have not seen anything out of his rear since that first night. Everything back there looks completely normal. What antibiotic is recommend?
0 x

User avatar
TCRanch
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2149
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:21 am
Location: Winfield, KS

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby TCRanch » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:29 pm

Tbrake wrote:He was standing. This morning he was riding other calves and acting normal other than the droopy ears. Like I said, have not seen anything out of his rear since that first night. Everything back there looks completely normal. What antibiotic is recommend?

Depends on what's wrong and if I'm following the thread correctly the calf had presumably a rectal prolapse & droopy ears with no other symptoms. Personally I'd take him into the vet to make sure there are no residual effects from the prolapse. If the temperature is normal I don't automatically administer antibiotics unless additional symptoms (other than droopy ears) warrant: coughing, snotty nose, drooling, not eating, away from the herd, etc. If he's feeling that bad he wouldn't be hunching other calves. Having said that, if he does have a temp and symptoms are consistent with pneumonia, I prefer Resflor Gold or Draxxin and Banamine (Resflor has Banamine in it). Both require a RX.
0 x

User avatar
jerry27150
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2210
Joined: Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:57 am
Location: northern missouri

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby jerry27150 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:25 pm

lot of those prolapses disappear as they grow, seen many and never had only one that had to be sewed, his came out 5-6 inches. the ears look like he has some brammer crossed in. if he acts fine & is riding others I would just watch him for a while, but I personally don't think anything is wrong with him.
0 x

User avatar
Jeanne - Simme Valley
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7438
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:46 am
Location: Central Upstate New York
Contact:

Re: Droopy ear calf

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:34 am

If he is a heavy rider, he may have been trying to ride a cow, which can produce the prolapse. But, even though it is back & may all be perfectly normal, you know he is prone to doing it, and it is heritable, so I would recommend castration.
And I agree with TC's comments.
0 x
Simme Valley of New York - http://www.SimmeValley.com
"We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give."


Return to “Health & Nutrition”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], kenny thomas and 9 guests