THERE is little or no hard data regarding resuscitation procedures, and their various success rates, in calves. Consequently, the methodology used in cattle practice is based largely on human procedures and principles and their application. This article discusses the resuscitation of the newborn animal, which is based on the 'airway-breathing-circulation' approach. In addition, the veterinary obstetrician will frequently be presented with newborn animals that have established a respiratory rhythm, but are otherwise in a poor state, suggestive of hypoxia and severe acidosis. Such animals are likely to benefit from the administration of bicarbonate and supplementary oxygen via a nasal tube, if available.
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