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I have a 2 month old calf that presented yesterday with tachypnea of aprox. 70 and a temp of 106. HR was 100. Dosed with 1.5cc PCN IM. This morning seemed improved but now presenting with the same symptoms again. Panting with mouth open and head lowered. Lifting hind legs alternately as if in gastric distress. Was thinking of dosing with mineral oil for ? partial bowel obstruction? What are your thoughts? My husband feels this may be due to ingestion of nettles which are present in the pen. He would not eat last evening. This morning he drank half his ration of milk, about 2 quarts then appeared to be in discomfort and did not finish. He also will occasionally cough and ?attempt to regurgitate without success. We did put a mineralized salt block in the pen aprox. 10 days ago. Listened to his lungs, they appeared clear with no decreased breath sounds nor any rails or rhonchi. He also has a small amount of clear drool coming out of his mouth. His mucous membranes appear slightly pale.
The symptoms you describe indicate a respiratory problem more than a gastric problem.
The 106 temperature is the major problem and needs to be addressed. Flunixin (Banamine, Prevail ) at 1 mL per 100 lbs. should be given.
I suggest you change from penicillin to ceftiofur (Excenel, Naxcel).
Dosing with mineral oil is probably not necessary.
How much does your calf weigh?
What is the concentration of the penicillin that you have? Is it 300,000 units per mL?
5 cc of penicillin twice daily for 5 days. If his temperature goes up to 105, switch to ceftiofur.
The swelling is probably causing the difficulty in drinking.
The downside to the Uniprim powder is that it's difficult to give the proper dosage.
If his temperature is 102.5 or lower, you can discontinue the ASA. If it is higher, flunixin is indicated.
It would be a good idea to remove any bedding from the shed.
Disinfection of the water trough and mat is excellent husbandry.