Calf scour

Attention! This is a potentially life-threatening condition for your Cow. Time is of the essence, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Calf Scour

Calf scour is clinical sign associated with several gastrointestinal diseases that involve cause diarrhea in young calves. A scouring calf is at significant risk of dehydration and it is unable to absorb fluids due to the diarrhea. In addition, calves suffer from loss of electrolytes and acidosis due to imbalance pH level.


Watery diarrhea that may be brown, grey, green or yellow
Bloody, rust-colored or mucus in stools
Sunken-eyed appearance
Staggering or swaying
Too weak to stand


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Laboratory tests


Supportive care: Administering prompt fluid therapy to correct dehydration, restore normal acid-base balance, and replace salts in the calf's body fluids.


  • Ensure that all newborn calves receive colostrum. he calf must nurse or be given 2 quarts of colostrum during the first 2-4 hours after being born and a total of 4 quarts in 12 hours.
  • Biosecurity
  • Practice good sanitation
  • Calve in dru areas and drain pastures or corrals to minimize moisture accumulation
  • Segregate calves by age
  • Vaccination
  • Provide a balanced diet

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Risk Factors

  • Unsanitary conditions

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