Deficiency diseases-downer cow syndrome, Biology


Downer cow syndrome

This syndrome is a common sequel to milk fever. The term is commonly applied to those hypocalcaemic cows that remain recumbent for several hours before being treated or unable to stand despite the treatment. Clinically these cows are normal except for external recumbency and most of them eat and drink normally. Downers cows, which are able to crawl actively may have more favourable prognosis and are referred to as ‘Creepers’. Some of the downer cows are anorectic and lay in lateral recumbency with dorsally extended head and neck. These animals some time assume ‘frog-legged’ posture. Besides milk fever, other causes of recumbency can also result in ‘downer cow syndrome’. The temperature of downer cows may be slightly elevated and blood examination shows low inorganic phosphorous, potassium or glucose.


Downer cows may be treated with fluid therapy and solutions containing calcium, phosphorous and potassium. Deep bedding and frequent rolling from one side to other are recommended to check sores. Downer cows that attempt to stand on their own should be assisted in their efforts. Lifting devices are also available to assist downer cows to stand. However, cows with uncomplicated form of downer cow syndrome secondary to milk fever will stand in 12-24 hours.

Posted Date: 9/19/2012 3:33:31 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Deficiency diseases-downer cow syndrome, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Deficiency diseases-downer cow syndrome, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Deficiency diseases-downer cow syndrome Discussions

Write discussion on Deficiency diseases-downer cow syndrome
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Totipotency and Pluripotency In the starting we said that the fertilized egg cell (zygote) has the capacity or potentiality to give rise to all kinds of cell types, like a bl


Define the Historical Process of Spatial processes? In year 1952 Alan Turing developed his theory of the generation of pattern in systems of reaction diffusion equations, now k

Q. Explain Degradation of Carbohydrates? Ans. The carbohydrates that are naturally present in foods, you may already know, can be divided into monosaccharides, disaccharid

What is the name of the larva of corals and sea anemones? What is the biological significance of that larval stage? Sexual reproduction in corals and sea anemones has a larval

Define Feeding for Infants of HIV/AIDS Mothers? It is recommended to continue breast-feeding even if the disease will continue to be transmitted. If these infants are not breas

Q. Explain the Bone Implant Interface? Three phases have been described in the development of bone implant interface. 1. Stabilization phase Subendosteal and subperiost

Q. Basis of Classification on Form-relationship principle? As pointed out earlier, this system is mainly based on Form-relationship principle. thus the various genera were. g

Name the various Test batteries Test batteries typically assess the following domains: General cognitive ability Language ability Visuoperceptual and constructi

classification of coelenterats?