Discussion created on 02/19/2013

Downer cows

Forum: Downer cows

Nowadays in Pakistan Dairy is progressing and greater milk yield is being obtained from dairy animals. However, this high milk yield adds great stress to dairy animals especially in pre-parturient and post-parturient period, as a result more and more cases of Downer cows are being reported. These cases are due to: 1. Blood Parasites 2. Fasciolosis 3. Improper feeding management 4. Low Body condition score 5. Fatty liver syndrome and Ketosis. Please discuss the causes and the solutions to fight this problem. Thanks.

Regards, Ghazanfar Chishti

Ghazanfar Ali Chishti
Veterinary Doctor
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Siraj Ud Din Siraj Ud Din
February 26, 2013

I thing the other contributors to this problem are;

1. Lack of proper skill and knowledge with the producer.
2. Shortage of both quantity and quality feed.
3. Improper management and feeding.
4. Not offering sufficient dry period before parturition.
5. Stressful environment. etc

Rashed Hamed Rashed Hamed
Veterinary Doctor
February 27, 2013

I think the downer cow syndrome is a multifactorial problem. Including management and nutritional factors.

Dr Muhammad Ramzan Dr Muhammad Ramzan
DVM. M. Phil
April 9, 2013
Increase the protein and Energy level.
Ingredients in the fresh cow ration should be introduced in close up ration(About 50%).
No Buffer.
Anti-oxidant (Vit E, Vit C , organic zinc, copper and selenium)
Add Yeast , prebiotics.
Add anion-salts.(DCA balance) + Biochlor.
Dr.shahnawaz Dr.shahnawaz
April 25, 2013

Three Day Sickness best preventives is maintenance of cobalt, copper and selenium levels in dry period.
If you see prevalence in your herd consecutively for more than two years, go for vaccination.

Mohamed Habib Mohamed Habib
Diploma in Reproductive and A
April 30, 2013

I think that downer cow is a syndrome for many disorders
- Metabolic
- Parasitic
- Viral
- Bacterial
- Locomotor
So we should take care with nutrition (energy ,vit ,mineral)
Decads in steamup
Anti parasites(internal&external and blood parasite)

Viswanatha Reddy V N Viswanatha Reddy V N
Veterinary Doctor
July 22, 2013
Late Dr. B.L.Pradeep Assistant Professor of Veterinary Gynaecology, Veterinary College, in his private practice has successfully treated 11 cases out of 13 cases of Downer cow using homoeo medicines

First use NUXVOMICA 3X at the hours given here 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm
Second drug BRYONIA 3X at the hours given here 8 am, 12 noon, 4pm, 8pm and night 12

Each drug 5 drops in 5 ml of water given orally

The other aspects are in fresh cow concentrates
Injections like VETAD3E 10ml, Redoxon [Vitamin C]-10ml, SODIUM SELINITE powder 150milligrams ORALLY IN WATER daily, Zinc Oxide 2 teaspoonful [to supplement Zinc] Balancing Anion and Cation ratio in the feed and fodder Nutrisac Orally 100 to 150 grams orally with jaggary

V N Viswanatha Reddy
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