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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Placing bitter-tasting weeds such as ivy or dandelion in the mouth may provoke salivation and an interest in eating. Rain cw wind can reduce body temperature considerably and worsen shock if present. A cow that salivates on its feed will not eat it later. Straw bedding should be provided to help insulate the cow from the ground.

Infective causes should be brought under antibiotic coverage. Skin, Eyes and Feet. Most commonly occurs immediately after parturition.

Affected animals remain bright and alert but are unable to stand. The cow should be bred with a bull as per its size as a big calf in a small cow will invite dystokia problem leading to calving paralysis. A low level of dwoner magnesium has been incriminated as cause but it ddowner develop along with low level of calcium.

However, if this posture is downfr be maintained, the limb on which the animal has been lying should be drawn from under the body. This method must not be used on the thoracic wall unprotected by the muscle mass to avoid fracturing the ribs. The Downer Cow The downer cow is not very well defined. Sand is the ideal bedding material.


If possible cow of a dairy farm should be brought under metabolic profile test to pinpoint the deficit and to make good use of it.

More seriously, the risk of mastitis resulting from the contaminated environment is very high.

Support eg, straw bale placed under the shoulder may be required for some animals to maintain sternal recumbency. Events Latest Events Submit Event.

The Downer Cow – The Cattle Site

Appetite, rumination, defecation and urination are usually normal. Downer animals should be milked normally and the udder kept clean by washing with germicide soap before milking and post milking teat dips should be applied.

Managing disease can be a frustrating proposition. Treatment Downer cows are often hypocalcemic. Continual use causes trauma and pain that is counterproductive. The most likely reason for a cow go down is trauma.

NADIS – National Animal Disease Information Service

Lettuce and cabbage leaves are accepted by some cows. If the animal struggles to rise, an assistant should grasp the root of the tailhead with both hands and lift. Muscular injury due to too much confinement in the byre, obesity, over feeding during dry period and too much compression of limbs. There may be of low blood potassium level. Lift the cow and frequent vowner should be made. The downer cows most difficult to treat are those that do not try to eat.


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

This should be repeated several times a day. Cow is inability to rise and remains in recumbent position. This pathology precedes various myopathies and may precipitate the compartment syndrome. In one method, the clinician stands with feet pressed under the cow at a point below the scapulohumeral joint.

This Guide can help you identify which disease syndro,e damaging your cattle. A windbreak of straw bales is vital. If this is not done, the weight of the cow results in ischemia in the muscles of the hindlimb. Lifting on any other part of the tail may cause damage. The initial cause of the downer cow will be resolved, yet the animal still won’t stand. Downer cows are unable to rise after two injections syndro,e calcium preparation indicating persistant hypocalcaemia.

Attempt should be made to roll the cow from side to side to minimize the extent of ischemic necrosis. Early calcium treatment for milk fever.

On every day of the recumbency, an attempt should be made to bring the cow to its feet. Attempt should be made to lift the cow on its fore legs by using body slings.