Cow down because of low calcium

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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby cowgirl8 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:51 am

We've had it happen only a couple times. Not common in beef cattle.
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby ohiosteve » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:13 am

If it does happen again and you give her
Cal-dex IV make sure you go slow. You can give dextrose as fast as it goes in, but calcium too fast will cause a heart attack and instant death.
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby ez14. » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:00 am

We see it every now and then, only thing we do as a preventive measure is to make sure they aren't getting to much calcium during their dry period

For treating it we have switched to almost exclusively using Bovikalc bolus, after a bolus they are usually up in about an hour
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby Silver » Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:45 pm

I saw it once when I was a kid, cow was down and Grandpa said it was milk fever. He fixed her up with a lantern pump and some twine. Took just a few minutes and she was up like nothing ever happened.
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby jerry27150 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:49 pm

tom, years ago our dairy cows had a lot of trouble with this & vet had us give phos in muscle, but it did not help. finally feed man figured with all the corn silage we fed they were not getting enough calcium
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby farmerjan » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:47 pm

JW IN VA wrote:Someone correct me if I am wrong but low Phos will cause it,too.Had a cow go down a few years back and,although I was feeding mineral and a protein block,both with high mag.,The cow was getting enough salt out of the block she didn't go to the mineral.Block had practically no Ca/Ph/ Using a 4:1 ratio high mag mineral now and,when I feed blocks,they are the type with no salt.
If you are feeding in rings,hay wagon,etc,you could have a case of the young,stronger cows eating the best hay and she's only getting the coarse,lower value hay.Had a wet season once and was feeding 22 cows on one hay ring.Size of bales equaled out to around 22 or 23 cows per day.Thought I was doing great until an older cow got down.Short teeth,old and couldn't compete.IMO there needs to be enough feeder space for each to have equal space or unroll the bales.


Had a dairy cow get "low phos" milk fever years ago. Vet said it was more common late lactation, but she had to have IV. Older cows tend to have more problems with both low calcium and low phosphorus, and the balance being right.
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby Silver » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:44 pm

Silver wrote:I saw it once when I was a kid, cow was down and Grandpa said it was milk fever. He fixed her up with a lantern pump and some twine. Took just a few minutes and she was up like nothing ever happened.


C'mon, this didn't pique anybodies intrest? :lol2:
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby ez14. » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:24 pm

Silver wrote:
Silver wrote:I saw it once when I was a kid, cow was down and Grandpa said it was milk fever. He fixed her up with a lantern pump and some twine. Took just a few minutes and she was up like nothing ever happened.


C'mon, this didn't pique anybodies intrest? :lol2:

I was curious but didn't ask because I didn't want to sound stupid :lol:
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby Silver » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:30 pm

ez14. wrote:
Silver wrote:
Silver wrote:I saw it once when I was a kid, cow was down and Grandpa said it was milk fever. He fixed her up with a lantern pump and some twine. Took just a few minutes and she was up like nothing ever happened.


C'mon, this didn't pique anybodies intrest? :lol2:

I was curious but didn't ask because I didn't want to sound stupid :lol:


Well, Grandpa was an old cowboy who earned a living as such back in the 30's when modern fixes just weren't available.
He knew what he was looking at straight away. Apparently the old method was to pump up the teats of the cow up to force milk back into the blood stream, thereby giving her a quick dose of calcium. Once he was satisfied he had forced enough milk upstream he tied off the teat to prevent everything from coming back. It took literally no time for the cow to go back to normal. I don't remember if he took the twine off her teats when she started to come around or if he roped her a little later to do the job.
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby TexasBred » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:08 am

Silver wrote:
ez14. wrote:
Silver wrote:
C'mon, this didn't pique anybodies intrest? :lol2:

I was curious but didn't ask because I didn't want to sound stupid :lol:


Well, Grandpa was an old cowboy who earned a living as such back in the 30's when modern fixes just weren't available.
He knew what he was looking at straight away. Apparently the old method was to pump up the teats of the cow up to force milk back into the blood stream, thereby giving her a quick dose of calcium. Once he was satisfied he had forced enough milk upstream he tied off the teat to prevent everything from coming back. It took literally no time for the cow to go back to normal. I don't remember if he took the twine off her teats when she started to come around or if he roped her a little later to do the job.


Forgive me Silver but I'm going to pick my feet up and put them on the table on that one. lolol
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby Silver » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:37 pm

TexasBred wrote:Forgive me Silver but I'm going to pick my feet up and put them on the table on that one. lolol


I did some googling to see if this was ever common practice and finally found this on Wikipedia:


Urination and defecation commonly occurring during calcium treatment
Treatment generally involves calcium injection by intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous routes. Before calcium injection was employed, treatment comprised inflation of the udder using a pneumatic pump. Inflation of the udder worked because the increased pressure created in the udder pushed the calcium in the udder back into the bloodstream of the cow.[5]
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Re: Cow down because of low calcium

Postby TexasBred » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:12 pm

Silver wrote:
TexasBred wrote:Forgive me Silver but I'm going to pick my feet up and put them on the table on that one. lolol


I did some googling to see if this was ever common practice and finally found this on Wikipedia:


Urination and defecation commonly occurring during calcium treatment
Treatment generally involves calcium injection by intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous routes. Before calcium injection was employed, treatment comprised inflation of the udder using a pneumatic pump. Inflation of the udder worked because the increased pressure created in the udder pushed the calcium in the udder back into the bloodstream of the cow.[5]

I'll be darn....we gotta get this on U-tube. lolol
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