A Wheezing Calf | The Unimaginable Dr. Pol

published on July 2, 2020

four months before checketh fair hopeful

Olaf is struggling last night I was

walking him and then I realized he was

wheezing really bad it was hard for him

to breathe and he was breathing a lot

heavier than all the other calves hi

who's this this is Olaf okay night Olaf

he's super cute

we just realized last night he's been

wheezing okay like you could really hear

it in his nose

is he still eating yeah he's still

eating any diarrhea yes Olaf needs to

reach 350 pounds to qualify for auction

at the fair illness could jeopardize his

chance of making weight

my fear is he's not gonna be able to

pull through and I'm not gonna be able

to show him that fair he has a slight

tongue yeah this is my last year doing

4-h so I really want to show Olaf he

does have a residual lung infection

respiratory disease is a leading cause

of death in calves there's a couple

different causes for respiratory issues

and that could be bacterial or viral

which are the main two so I'm gonna

check them out make sure there's nothing

else going on I want to go ahead and get

a stool sample make sure we're not

missing anything

okay so I'll go look at this and see if

he has any parasites

no pair six the stool sample does not

have any intestinal parasites so I'm

going to treat him for a bacterial

infection it could also be a viral

infection but sometimes calves when they

get a viral infection they get a

secondary bacterial infection and we can

treat bacteria with antibiotics I like

the looks of that face no parasites what

really do is an antibiotic it's just

gonna be one injection hold on bud

I'm going to use a good strong

antibiotic that way he is able to grow

and prosper and gain the weight needed

for fare so that should take care of his

respiratory infection and hopefully none

of the others will get sick if you do

just give me a call and we can get them

on the medication as well but maybe

isolate him from the others if it's a

respiratory issue the whole barn may get

it okay thank you you're welcome

makes me feel extremely happy he's gonna

be okay

this would be my first year showing a

cow what fair but I expect it to be fun

even if I don't place I'm just going to

have fun and spend time with Olaf

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