Advice on resuscitating newborn calves

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There are several different methods you can use to resuscitate an unresponsive newborn calf.

Sheila McGuirk, veterinarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, shared these tips in a recent issue of Vita Plus Corporation’s Calf Care e-newsletter:

To drain fluid from the mouth and nose, place the calf’s head over the edge of a raised platform for 10 to 15 minutes.
Try to move the calf to a sitting position. Then use a clean, dry towel and vigorously rub the topline from the tail to the head, paying special attention to the head near the ears and eyes.
Pour ice water onto the calf’s head or pour a small amount into the ear to shock the calf into breathing.
Push and then shake the wind pipe high in the neck to stimulate a cough reflex and facilitate breathing.
Place pressure in the center of the muzzle or across the nasal septum to encourage breathing.
Use straw to tickle the nose in the center or to the outside center of the nose.

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