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My beef cattle is coughing and has a runny nose. Why?

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Beef cow has cough and runny nose. Does not seem to be herself.

I had given her some Neomycin oral solution.

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 5 years ago.

How long has your heifer been coughing?

Is her nasal discharge cloudy or clear?

Is she eating and drinking?

Can you take her rectal temperature?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

She has been coughing for about a week. She has been eating but this morning

she did not want her grain like she usually does. Some days it seems to be clear.

Cannot take rectal temp.

Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 5 years ago.

I suggest that you continue treating her, but you should use a different antibiotic.

Treat her with ceftiofur (Naxcel or Excenel). It is generally more effective in treating respiratory infections than neomycin. You will have to give an injection once each day for three to five days depending on her response.

Injectable treatment is usually more effective than medicating the drinking water because the animal is given the full dosage of antibiotic when injected. The downside in medicating the water is that the heifer won't get the full dose of antibiotic if she doesn't drink all her water.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Is this under the skin shot?

Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 5 years ago.

Yes it is.

Naxcel comes in two vials, one liquid to be mixed with powder. The amount given is based on the weight of the heifer. Refrigerate the unused portion.

You will probably have to purchase it from a veterinarian.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

What is the best way to do this?

Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 5 years ago.

I'm not sure what you are referring to. Please be more specific.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Where do you give the shot? Cow is not restrained.

Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 5 years ago.

The easiest way to give the injection is to lift the skin in front of the shoulder and inject the antibiotic under the skin.

In order to give the injection you will have to restrain her. It's virtually impossible to give a heifer an injection without her being restrained.

If restraint is an issue and you don't have an easy way to confine her, you can try using a different antibiotic (LA 200) which doesn't need to be given each day, but you will still need to restrain her because LA 200 has to be injected in the muscle.

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