Calf scour can be life threatening if not addressed early enough. Prevention is always better then a cure, so hygiene and careful attention to the newborn calf is critical. All calves MUST take in enough colostrum within the first few hours after birth to ensure the receive a good supply of maternal antibodies. these antibodies allow the calf to fight disease themselves and usually little or no human help is necessary.
Vaccination of cows against rotavirus and coronavirus is indicated if persistent calf scour problems have been investigated and a diagnosis has been made.
General hygiene of calving pens and housing is vital to cut down the potential of E Coli and cryptosporidia as causes of calf scour.
Rehydration fo calves affected with scour is of paramount importance and advice on different preparations is readily available form us at Old Stone Vets.