Sick calf protocols

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What is the difference between a loose stool and true diarrhea?  Should electrolytes and milk be fed at the same time?  Is there any help for calves with septic arthritis?  University of Wisconsin veterinarian and calf specialist Sheila McGuirk answers these questions and many more in a comprehensive set of sick calf protocols.

McGuirk’s protocols can be adapted to individual farms with input from the herd veterinarian.  Included in the document are guidelines for diagnosing, feeding and treating calves with:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Respiratory disease
  3. Navel infections
  4. Septic arthritis; and
  5. Clostridial infections

The complete document can viewed here.



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