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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Attempting to stabilize a recumbent cow on a concrete surface is highly undesirable but sometimes unavoidable. If an apparently hypocalcemic cow does not respond to calcium therapy, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium should be given as additional treatments pending the results of laboratory tests. On stimulation the cow either makes little attempt or no attempt to rise or simply unable to rise even with treatment for milk fever.

Metabolic diseases of Cattle and Buffalo

Although a cow may rise after being recumbent for 14 days, this does not imply that a cow dowmer be left for this period. Temperature is usually normal but may turn towards sub-normal range in the terminal stage disease.

Cow should be made to stand within a short time following parturition. A sharp blow is delivered by driving the knees into the muscle mass below and caudal to the scapula. Company No part of this site may be reproduced without permission. Their proper use requires experience, skill, and a delicate touch.


This should be repeated several times a day. Rain and wind can reduce body temperature considerably and worsen shock if present. Massaaging the legs Sling support. In one method, the clinician stands with feet pressed under the cow at a point below the scapulohumeral joint. If the cow struggles and scrapes the wet manure, exposing concrete, more manure must be added.

Attempt should be made to lift the cow on its fore legs by using body slings. Early detection and treatment of milk fever. Acetonaemia Fatty Liver Rumen Acidosis.

Supporting the downer cow It is vital that recumbent cows be provided with clean water at all times. This should be cleared away every 30 min if not accepted. If the animal struggles to rise, an assistant should grasp the root of the tailhead with both hands and lift. Straw bedding should be provided syyndrome help insulate the cow from the ground. Lifting on any other part of the tail may cause damage.

Hip lifters may be used for lift the downer animals. Every effort must be made to roll the cow from one side onto the other every 3 hr. The so-called manure sjndrome provides good footing but also may soil the syncrome with urine and manure. The affected cow usually crawls around utilizing the forelimbs whereas hind limbs remain in flexed position.

Lettuce and cabbage leaves are accepted by some cows. In extreme cases, the cow can be drenched with rumen contents.

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Downer Cow

Cow remains bright and alert. Infective causes should be brought under antibiotic coverage.

Attempt should be made to roll the cow from side to side to minimize the extent of ischemic necrosis. Registration VAT No. Affected animals remain ccow and alert but are unable to stand. Recumbent animals should be treated as soon as possible and not delayed for more than 1 hour. This is frequently met in exotic and cross bred dairy cows. In coow words, if the animal was presented in lateral recumbency on its left side, it should be rolled into sternal recumbency on its right side.

The Downer Cow The downer cow is not very well defined.

Bedding the area around and under the cow with wet, sticky manure to a depth? Following parturient paresis a cow may develop downer syndrome due to nerve injuries and over stretching of nerves or due to pressure on nerves while in recumbency. About About 5m Publishing Our Editors. Otherwise there is risk of paralysis and fracture of hip bones. However, if this posture is to be maintained, the limb on which the animal has been lying should be drawn from under the body.

Cause The most likely reason for a cow go down is trauma.