Diarrhea is not a disease in iteself, but rather a symptom of an infection. Produced by the fermentation of bacteria, viruses or protozoas, diarrhea occurs in the large intestines.
Symptoms: Check the feces. Generally, feces wil be loose. Some infections have specific characteristcs:
Crytospordia = mucous-like feces
Salmonella = bloddy, fibrous or watery white feces
When it occurs: Age of occurence can help you determine the source of the infection. Use the chart.
Treatment: Use an oral rehydration product in addition to feeding milk, according to its label. If more than 10 percent of your calves have a scours infection, take fecal samples to find the cause. You may want to consider dry-cow vaccinations and management steps to eliminate the source.
Watch for dehydrated calves. Look for
rough hair coat
legs that are cool to the touch
inelastic hair coat