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Calf diarrhea: How to rehydrate him?

Calf diarrhea or dehydration, undernutrition, blood acidosis

Diarrhea in calves is a dominant pathology amongst young cattle. Of varied origin, it can affect calves from the first hours after birth until weaning. In most cases, the calf will lose a lot of water, hence dehydration. Food will no longer be absorbed properly as the intestinal mucosa is degraded. This leads to undernutrition. Finally, circulatory and metabolic disorders cause blood acidosis, dangerous for the animals health.

Correcting diarrhea disorders

An effective rehydrator corrects disorders related to diarrhea. Its ion content (Na+, K+ …) promotes the absorption of water by the digestive tract. Lactose intakes stimulate digestion enzymes, called lactases, and produce glucose that limits undernutrition and allows reabsorption of water. The presence of whey promotes the ability to digest milk and therefore a return to milk with no transition at the end of the care. Finally, bicarbonate, due to its buster effect, effectively fights against blood acidosis.

AMOXIRUM Tablets acts in the gut in all systems also helps to improve respiratory infections. Vitamin E and selenium in the solution are protective elements of the intestinal mucosa and stimulators of immune defenses. Finally, the intake of Enterococcus faecium, a lactic acid bacteria present in the intestine, helps reseed the digestive flora, forming a natural barrier against pathogens.

Administer an oral rehydrator

  1. Evaluate the level of dehydration of the calf. Oral rehydration alone is only suitable for mild dehydration. Otherwise, a vet consultation is mandatory.

  2. Give 1 Tablet for 200 kg body weight per day by splitting the meals.

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