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Cattle and sheep medicine by Philip R Scott

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No other joint lesions can be detected. i. What would you do to investigate this problem further? ii. How could effective analgesia be achieved? iii. What action would you take? iv. What is the likely prognosis? 37a 38 38 In early summer a 2-monthold beef calf presents as poorly grown with considerable faecal staining of the perineum, unlike other calves in the group. There is pale yellow, slightly mucoid diarrhoea which contains flecks of fresh blood. The calf is dull and appears gaunt with a tuckedup abdomen and a dry coat (38).

Antibiotic therapy may limit secondary bacterial involvement. iv. The prognosis is very guarded with few confirmed recovered cases. Rarely, less severely affected cattle can survive but these cattle remain ill-thriven with a poor appetite. This heifer was euthanased immediately for welfare reasons. v. Control of malignant catarrhal fever proves very difficult not least due to its sporadic occurrence. Malignant catarrhal fever is caused by a herpes virus transmitted from either sheep or deer. Separation of cattle from breeding ewes and deer is not always a practical option.

A serum sample for calcium and magnesium concentrations should be collected in case the cow does not respond to treatment. iv. The farmer was advised to start feeding 2 kg per head per day of highmagnesium concentrates immediately. Good-quality barley straw should also be available ad libitum. 48 41, 42: Questions 41 41 You are presented with a 6-year-old beef cow 5 days after a ‘difficult breech calving’ (posterior presentation with bilateral hip flexion) corrected by the farmer. 1°F). The cow has a painful expression, a slightly arched back, and moves slowly (41).

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