Recognizing and treating dehydration is key to raising healthy calves. Calves will become dehydrated for many reasons, including summer heat and scours. If you can catch dehydration early, supplemental fluids can get the calf on the road to a quicker recovery.

A calf’s body contains 75 to 80 percent water at birth and about 55 to 60 percent at maturity. So understandably, water consumption is important during periods of dehydration. When dehydrated, calves will try to replace fluids by drinking a total of 3 to 6 gallons of water per day, which includes their normal milk replacer feedings.

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