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    Cattle Fever Treatments:

    Fever treatment in cows depends upon the kind of fever that has afflicted them.

    But the most common kind of fever that affects cattle is milk fever which occurs immediately after calving and during lactation. The fever is caused by what is known as hypocalcaemia or a low level of calcium in the blood stream that occurs due to the calving and milk production. A considerable amount of the cow’s calcium has been used fro the developing calf and in milk production and milk fever commonly occurs either ten days before calving or within seventy two hours of it.

    If the cow is under undue stress, it may even develop three months after the calf is born.

    As for fever signs in cows, milk fever, contrary to the name does not indicate any rise in the cow’s body temperature. In the first stage of the onset of this condition, the cow is likely to act excited with a stiffening of muscles and a trembling of the body.

    The cow may refuse to eat and in a while the hind legs tend to stiffen and the cow may stagger about. You must be careful to not miss these signs as they do not last for long and often go unnoticed. This fever symptom in the cow is usually followed by the animal lying down and then being unable to get up. The head of the cow is usually folded along her flank and she may seem cold to the touch and appear dull. The eyes become dull and staring without any moisture in them, breathing becomes heavy and heart rate climbs abnormally. If left untreated the cow could die. As regards treatment, prop her up with a bale of straw so that she does not choke and consult your vet immediately. An intravenous injection may be required and she should not be milked completely to reduce the drain on already low levels of calcium. Fever treatment in cows in this case involves mostly the preventive measure of making sure they have enough calcium supplements when dry.

    Another kind of fever that affects cows is hay fever which is medically termed allergic rhinitis. Hay fever symptoms in cows include watery eyes, trouble breathing and sneezing. Farmers use several methods to treat this condition, occasionally resorting to steroids, but this can affect the cow’s milk yield and you may want to consult your vet before giving her anything.

      Submitted on January 20, 2010