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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On every day of the recumbency, an attempt should be made to bring the cow to its feet. Lateral recumbency must be corrected immediately to avoid regurgitation and inspiration of stomach contents. Events Latest Events Submit Event. Cow should not be mated with a heavy doqner. If this is not done, the weight of the cow results in ischemia in the muscles of the hindlimb. Company No part of this site may be reproduced without permission.

The Downer Cow – The Cattle Site

Lifting on any other part of the syndromme may cause damage. Recently calved animals should be monitored at least 48 hours after parturition for the occurrence of milk fever signs. A bed of sand? Even if the cow does not stand, ocw lifted position provides an opportunity to manipulate the limbs, auscultate for crepitation, and perform vaginal and rectal examinations.

If the cow does not drink, she must be given fluid therapy either by drench or parenterally. This could be post-calving, a metabolic issue such as milk fever clw a disease such as mastitis or metritis.

About About 5m Publishing Our Editors. Attempting to stabilize a recumbent cow on a concrete surface is highly undesirable but sometimes unavoidable. More seriously, the risk of mastitis resulting from the contaminated environment is very high. Every effort must be made to roll the cow from co side onto the other every 3 hr.


A cow that salivates on its feed will not eat it later. Downer cows are often hypocalcemic. Recumbent animals should be treated as soon as possible and not delayed for more than 1 hour.

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Arrangement of soft bed should be made. The most likely reason for a cow go down is trauma. Well fed highly obesed cows during later part of pregnancy very often suffer from a condition known as fat cow syndrome which predispose to downer condition. Attempt should syndgome made to lift the cow on its fore legs by using body slings.

Re-placement therapy with Calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, Glucose containing preparations can be used parenterally by qualified veterinarian. This method must not be used on the thoracic wall unprotected by the muscle mass to avoid fracturing the ribs. If possible cow of a dairy farm should be brought downsr metabolic profile test dwoner pinpoint the deficit and to make good use of it. Support eg, straw bale placed under the shoulder may be required for some animals to maintain sternal recumbency.

Cow remains bright and alert. A windbreak of straw bales is vital. Low calcium and high phosphorus diet should be given to stimulate parathyroid gland and thus to avoid hypocalcaemia.

Parenteral Vitamin D3 should be given in milk fever prone cow during pregnant downe. Affected animals remain bright and alert but are unable to stand.

Cow should be made to stand within a short time following parturition. A shallow rubber feed bowl prevents spillage. This damage occurs because a cow going off its feet results in heavy pressure on its muscles and nerves, this is made worse in many diseases by the cow being unable to shift position to prevent continuous bearing of weight.


The affected cow usually crawls around utilizing the forelimbs whereas hind limbs remain in flexed position. Although a cow may rise after being recumbent for 14 days, this does not imply that a cow should be left for this period. Cow should be turned at least at 3 hours interval. With the help of body slings, the animals should be allowed to stand for minutes and then lowered down.

However, if this posture is dodner be maintained, the limb on which the animal has been lying should be drawn from under ccow body. Welfare considerations Although a cow may rise after being recumbent for 14 days, this does not imply that a cow should be left for this period.

There is low phosphorus level. The value of hip clamps is controversial. Otherwise there is risk of paralysis and fracture of hip bones.

Lettuce and cabbage leaves are accepted by some cows.

1 alpha-hydroxycholecalciferol for the treatment of the downer cow syndrome.

Hip lifters may be used for lift the downer animals. Supporting the downer cow It is vital that recumbent cows be provided with clean water at all times. Downer animals should be milked normally and the udder kept clean by washing with germicide soap before milking and post milking teat dips should sgndrome applied. At least 10 in.

Most commonly occurs immediately after parturition. Dermatitis can result, and comfort of the cow is reduced. Infective causes should be brought under antibiotic coverage.