A nonalert downer cow appears systemically sick and depressed. Downer cow syndrome also describes the pathology of pressure-induced muscle and nerve. A recumbent cow is often described as being ‘down’ and when it has been recumbent for a prolonged period as a ‘downer cow’. There are many causes of a . Downer Cow Syndrome. • Definition: Any cow that remains in sternal recumbency for more than 24 hours after initial recumbency, and after treatment for primary.

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This failure to rise is usually observed within 24 hours of the cow going down, as a result of muscle and nerve damage. This is often seen in association with downet. Appetite, rumination, defecation and urination are usually normal. This method must not be used on the thoracic wall unprotected by the muscle mass to avoid fracturing the ribs.

Soft bedding for calved animals. Most commonly it is a complication of milk fever condition. The cow should be bred with a bull downerr per its size as a big calf in a small cow will invite dystokia problem leading to calving paralysis.

Downer Cow

However, if the cow becomes listless, shows no interest in feed, or has decubital lesions or starts to lose condition, slaughter on humane grounds must be considered irrespective of how long she has been recumbent. The initial cause of the dwoner cow will be resolved, yet the animal still won’t stand. Provision of comfortable bedding materials for recumbent animals. Otherwise there is risk of paralysis and fracture of hip bones. About About 5m Publishing Our Editors.


Recumbent animals should be treated as soon as possible and not delayed for more than 1 hour. The affected cow usually crawls around utilizing the forelimbs whereas hind limbs remain in flexed position.

Cause The most likely reason for a cow go down is trauma. Several simple but effective techniques can be tried. Even if the cow does not stand, the lifted position provides an opportunity to manipulate the limbs, auscultate for crepitation, and perform vaginal and rectal examinations. Rain and wind can reduce body temperature considerably and worsen shock if present. Lettuce and cabbage leaves are accepted by some cows. Cow should be turned at least at 3 hours interval. Lateral recumbency must be corrected immediately to avoid regurgitation and inspiration of stomach contents.

Temperature is usually normal but may turn towards sub-normal range in the terminal stage disease. Acetonaemia Fatty Liver Rumen Acidosis.

With the help of body slings, syndromf animals should be allowed to stand for minutes and then lowered down. Downer cows are often hypocalcemic. Cow should not be mated with a heavy bull. The value of hip clamps is controversial.

If the cow does not drink, she must be given fluid therapy either by drench or parenterally. We should provide most comfortable bedding prior to calving and in advanced stage of pregnancy. Registration VAT No.

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Attempt should be made to roll the cow from side to side to minimize the extent of ischemic necrosis. Re-placement therapy with Calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, Glucose containing preparations can be used parenterally by qualified veterinarian.

At least 10 in. Downer cows are unable to rise after two injections of calcium preparation snydrome persistant hypocalcaemia. The downer cow is not very well defined.


synxrome Cow should be made to stand within a short time following parturition. Treatment Downer cows are often hypocalcemic. This should be repeated several times a day. Downer animals should be milked normally and the cos kept clean by washing with germicide soap before milking and post milking teat dips should be applied.

Downee windbreak of straw bales is vital. The Downer Cow The downer cow is not very well defined. Parenteral Vitamin D3 should be given in milk fever prone cow during pregnant period. This Guide can help you identify which disease is damaging your cattle. Protection from the elements is essential.

On stimulation the cow either downrr little attempt or no attempt to rise or simply unable to rise even with treatment for milk fever. Sand is the ideal bedding material. Early detection and treatment of milk fever.

Attempting to stabilize a recumbent cow on a concrete surface is highly undesirable but sometimes unavoidable. If the animal struggles to rise, an assistant should grasp the root of the tailhead with both hands and lift.

Placing bitter-tasting weeds such as ivy or dandelion in the mouth may provoke salivation and an interest in eating. It is vital that recumbent cows be provided with clean water at all times.