> We lost calves several times in
> the past even after trying to
> force feed them. I hadn't heard of
> drenching with epsom salts so we
> didn't try that with them. I don't
> know if it would have helped or
> not, but based on the response I
> got from the cow, I'll try it if
> the problem ever comes up again.
> It's the strangest thing I ever
> saw. We had a calf that wasn't
> doing well on the bottle and our
> vet recommended that we add liquid
> vitamins (the kind given to dogs)
> to the milk replacer. I hope you
> have good luck. Let me know how it
> comes out.
> Several years ago we were having
> calves die every few days. We
> contacted one of the two available
> "large animal" vets in
> our area and he recommended LA200
> at a higher than label dosage. We
> followed his instructions and all
> our patients died. We then went to
> another vet and he recommended
> penicillin again at a higher than
> label dosage. Again, all our
> patients died. When another one
> started to have symptoms, we
> didn't have enough left to follow
> his dosage. We figured that she
> would die anyhow so we just gave
> her what penicillin we had left.
> She's the only one that lived.
> After that experience, I only
> followed the label directions. All
> others lived.
> Good luck, William William, Thank you for your response, unfortunately, we lost our calf, soon after I posted. Vicki the Vet asked me if he was grinding his teeth, which he was doing from the time we got him, I never paid much attention to it I just thought cows did this. Well turns out that grinding of the teeth indicates pain, usually gut pain. It's usually a sign of abomasal ulceration. I was treating him for upper respiratory infection, so the medications I was giving him was adding to his distress, he probably died of a perforated ulcer. I just wish I would of known sooner, I probably could have saved him. Live and learn, unfortunately sometimes to late. Thank you again for your reply. Jackie