2 week old calf with slightly curved out back leg

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2 week old calf with slightly curved out back leg

Postby garnetann » Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:32 am

I got a bottle calf, I got her a week ago from someone that said the mom had mastitis. They got tired of feeding her, and she looked kinda homely when she arrived. She promptly started scouring, but we got that cleared up and she is now 2 weeks old. She is getting around well, eating good, pooping good, ears up, nose wet, and gives a good stretch when she gets up. Her back leg curves out a bit, and she has a slight limp. You can see lack of muscle tone on that upper leg too. The vet seems to think she will grow out of it since she is walking around, and even trots a little, but still has an ungainly gait. Should I limit her movement, or make her walk to strengthen the leg?
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Re: 2 week old calf with slightly curved out back leg

Postby Son of Butch » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:24 pm

I vote for neither and just continue to allow her to do what pleases her. She knows best how her leg is feeling from
day to day and will adjust accordingly. But getting her up to walk and observing her progress in strengthening her leg
won't hurt anything.


Off topic:
Reminds me back in my mid teens our group of friends would get together and play basketball unsupervised at a local
church with an indoor gym. One game a friend went down hard and got up favoring his leg. We of course encouraged
him to 'walk it off'. He wasn't making much progress. But we supported his efforts by chiding him with come on
'walk it off' ya big baby and even helped hold him up to keep going. It didn't work and grumbling we broke up our
game for the day.
Imagine our chagrin when he showed up in school the next day wearing a plaster cast and we realized we had been
trying to get him to walk off a broken leg. :lol: Funnier now than at the time.
sorry for digressing.
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Re: 2 week old calf with slightly curved out back leg

Postby garnetann » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:36 pm

She does seem happy. Started her on sweet feed, still getting three bottles a day too, was dancing around one of my trees trying to beat it up, so normal stuff...
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Re: 2 week old calf with slightly curved out back leg

Postby farmerjan » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:57 am

I think she will grow out of it. Could be a bruise or a pulled muscle or ligament...anything. But if she is up and getting around, I think it will work itsself out. I think you are doing good.
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