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young beef calves-loss of appetite, weak, coughing, running

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young beef calves-loss of appetite, weak, coughing, running nose, no fever, no diarrhea
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 5 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome to Just answer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

Since the calves are not running a fever, this is probably a viral respiratory infection that is not responding to penicillin. This will suppress their immune system allowing bacterial invaders to come in making this even worse. In this case, I would use a much stronger and more broad spectrum antibiotic such as Naxcel or Baytril and I would also give them a cough suppressant if at all possible to help them through this condition. If they are becoming dehydrated, supplement them with an electrolyte solution daily that can be purchased at the farm supply.

Good Luck!

Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

could it be a sammonella infection? I purchased three animals at auction, put with 4 others. about a week later all started to cough. then became ill.

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 5 years ago.
It is unlikely a salmonella infection...this is a typical scenario for shipping fever which can be many different organisms causing this due to a suppressed immune system after being transported. They may have carried this with them from the salesyard since the incubation period for these diseases is 7-10 days.
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