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My name is ***** ***** got a newborn calf born December 30th

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Customer: Hi my name is ***** ***** got a newborn calf born December 30th saved from hypothermia in 18degree temps. brought indoors got him up and nursing that eve. brought him in overnight put him out with mother during the day and overnight-bad idea relapsed with rapid short breaths, droopy ears, have him in now warmed up and still attempts to get up but want to wait till I get to town for fresh meds and other recomendations tomorrow.
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Good Evening, and thanks for your question. My apologies for the time you have had to wait in getting a reply. I just got in from a call, (and am getting ready to go out on another……) and saw your post.

Firstly, good job with the calf on getting him going. He surely wouldn’t have made it without your efforts! I’m assuming from your description that he was able to get his mother’s milk within his first 24 hours. This is a crucial time window where his rumen can absorb the necessary antibodies from the cow’s colostrum. If he didn’t get the colostrum during that time frame, honestly, his chances aren’t good.

A few questions for you: Is he up and moving at this point? Is he suckling? Has he passed any manure that you’re aware of? Can you get a temperature and heart rate on him? Also, was his mother vaccinated prior to calving? What area of the country are you in? Do you have any Selenium supplement (E Se or BoSe)? Any abnormal sounds when he’s breathing?

Thanks for taking the time to answer. I will get back to you as soon as I return, although it may be a few hours.

-Dan C., DVM

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