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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With the help of body slings, the animals should be allowed to stand for minutes and then lowered down. A windbreak of straw bales is vital. There may be of low blood potassium level. In one method, the clinician stands with feet pressed under the cow at a point below the scapulohumeral joint. The affected cow usually crawls around utilizing the forelimbs whereas hind limbs remain in flexed position. Support eg, straw bale placed under the shoulder may be required for some animals to maintain sternal recumbency.

In extreme cases, the cow can be drenched with rumen contents.

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Dermatitis can result, and ayndrome of the cow is reduced. Affected animals remain bright and alert but are unable to stand. This method must not be used on the thoracic wall unprotected by the muscle mass to avoid fracturing the ribs. Recently calved animals should be monitored at least 48 hours after parturition for the occurrence of milk fever signs. Arrangement of soft bed should be made.

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A cow that salivates on its feed will not eat downsr later. Cow should not be made over fatty through too much feeding during advance pregnancy.

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Otherwise there is risk of paralysis and fracture of hip doner. Cow is inability to rise and remains in recumbent position. Re-placement therapy with Calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, Glucose containing preparations can be used parenterally by qualified veterinarian.

This is often seen in association with hypophosphataemia. 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.

If the animal struggles to rise, an assistant should grasp the root of the tailhead with both hands and lift. Downed initial cause of the downer cow will be resolved, yet the animal still won’t stand. Acetonaemia Fatty Liver Rumen Acidosis. This could be post-calving, a metabolic issue such as milk fever or a disease such as mastitis or metritis.


Temperature is usually normal but may turn towards sub-normal range in the terminal stage disease. Lateral recumbency must be corrected immediately to avoid regurgitation and inspiration of stomach contents.

The downer cows most difficult to treat are those that do not try to eat. 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. Hip lifters may be used for lift the downer animals. Placing bitter-tasting weeds such as ivy or dandelion in the mouth may provoke salivation and an interest in eating.

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

Early detection and treatment of milk fever. Registration VAT No. Appetite, rumination, defecation and urination are usually normal.

If the cow struggles and scrapes the wet manure, exposing concrete, more manure must be added. Infective causes should be brought under antibiotic coverage.