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Dr-Bonk, Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 227
Experience:  Five years as a veterinarian performing farm calls for livestock, including herd health checks, vaccinations, and pregnancy testing. Also operate a small cow/calf operation.
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Heifer had calf 2 hrs ago with minimal assistance. Looking

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Heifer had calf 2 hrs ago with minimal assistance. Looking hollow eyed an unmotivated to get up! Getting late in the day, can't locate a vet to check her! Would b-12 help her? What can we do? Is there anything we should get before everything closes to help her?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr-Bonk replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Bonk. I'm sorry to hear about your calving troubles. Is she able to move her hind legs? Sometimes there can be some nerve damage especially following a difficult birth. This can cause decreased or no function of the hind legs. If she is able to move her hind legs but just doesn't want to get up, a B-complex shot can sure help. Also, some oral electrolytes (such as Gatorade or Pedialyte) can help too.

It's a good idea to give her a dose of oxytocin as well, especially if you had to help her. This will initiate uterine contractions to help prevent prolapse and will also aid in milk let-down. Also, offering her some good quality hay and water may help.

Once she does get up, watch her closely for 2-3 days for any odorous discharge or lethargy. If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know. Thank you and good luck!

Expert:  Dr-Bonk replied 1 year ago.
Hi Raoma Demel,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?