badaxemoo wrote:Thanks to both of you for the advice (she's a black galloway, by the way).
I didn't see her stepped on, but she was holding the one back leg off the ground - she was putting weight on it today. And you're right, it's likely the blood in her stool was unrelated.
I tubed her with a bottle of Resorb and gave her a shot of biomycin (that's what I had on hand).
She's moving around the paddock, but still looks hunched up and moves slow.
I'll keep an eye on her. Talking rain and snow here tonight.
From the symptoms you have give I strongly suspect what you are dealing with is a calf that was born with or has developed into a compromised immune system situation, which is not uncommon in a week old calf. I don’t think the leg issue is related, unless you didn‘t actually see it stepped on and are only assuming it was stepped on. Then it also could become part of a CIS issue.
My belief is, the calf may or may not have been born with a CIS, and/or his immune system has been slow in development which is causing a CIS and he is unable to deal with the daily ingestion of bacteria from his mother’s teats.
And as I believe it to be a bacterial, not a viral issue, I would recommend a 3 day round of penicillin.
And keep an eye on him.
If he does not improve, or improves, then relapses, repeat medication for 3 more days.
Why not try a 3 day course of leeches .
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