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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