Calves and kids sick and dying

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by lovinglife, Apr 20, 2020.

  1. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    I have 6 kids, all almost weaned, doing great, had the cocci prevention and worming, fine yesterday now sick and wobbly and dying today. I also have a one month a two week old calves born here, were doing great, bought two calves from a friend who raises beef cows last week now they are also sick and dying along with my two born here. Ideas? No vets can get here until late this afternoon.
     
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  2. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    I would guess there have found something poisonous and are eating it. Or if it started after those calves came they brought something with them.
     
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  3. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Oh my gosh I'm so sorry. Are all four calves and all the goat kids living in the same areas or two separate places? Do you suspect the two new calves brought something?

    Sounds like it is fast acting whatever it is. Does the wobbling seem neurological or just weak?

    I'd check the rectal temp, FAMACHA score, and give B-Complex to every goat kid.

    Have you opened any new feed bags that they are all getting this week?
     
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  4. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    I guess I'd also be tempted to give activated charcoal to all in a hail Mary , won't really hurt them if it's not an ingested toxin.
     
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  5. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    No new feeds, honestly I do suspect the new calves, we "thought" they were fine after the first few days so we put them out side with the others and needless to say we were wrong. They have poor balance and it does seems neurological. I'm just sick...
     
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  6. Goatzrule

    Goatzrule Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    New England
    What is there living set up like? Does it seem lie Floppy kid syndrome?
     
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  7. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    They have a bedded shelter and outdoor run with water and hay. They are wobbly when they get up and lose their balance and flop over, heads are weaving a little, eyes still bright not twitching, the calf that died his muscles were shaking, no one was dehydrated, though they may be getting that way. We got two calves to drink some electrolytes, not offering milk until the vet gets here. We gave them probios and MU Se.
     
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  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Could be white muscle disease.

    Do they have free choice loose minerals?

    Get a necropsy done, that will let you know what it is.
     
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  9. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    Would that hit everyone at once? I gave the selinium gel, only the ones in this pen are sick, I have two kids in a different pen and they are fine "still". This happened overnight, from bouncing happy healthy kids to sick and dying this morning.
     
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  10. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    we plan to send the one in as soon as we get the vet out.
     
  11. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    Did you bust open a new bale of hay?
     
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  12. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    My husband feeds, I am sure he did, we go through a lot of hay. We don't feed moldy hay, anyway that we know of.
     
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  13. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    If he opened a new bale and then this started i would dump that one and get a new one. Not worth the risk.
     
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  14. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    Oh I am so sorry. It is terrible to feel helpless
     
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  15. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
  16. lovinglife

    lovinglife Active Member

    930
    Jun 6, 2013
    Southern Idaho
    Took our one live calf to the vet, he was too busy to come out, also took one kid. I will update tomorrow when I know more.
     
  17. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Ugh. Worse nightmare ever! Check your hay for toxic weeds or dead animal baled up in it. Anyone survive? I would treat for toxins. Activated charcoal..Cd antitoxin and B complex.
     
  18. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'm so sorry. I hope you get an answer from the vet.
     
  19. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    What did the vet say?
     
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  20. Moers kiko boars

    Moers kiko boars Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    Oklahoma
    Oh man. That is horrific. So many diseases go through your mind. Where do you start. The vet should be able to answer once he gets started on them hope he can give you a solid answer. Good luck! Sending prayers!
     
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