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Farm Animal Practice
Resuscitation of the newborn calf
  1. Dai Grove-White

    Dai Grove-White graduated from Liverpool in 1975. After a period in large animal practice in Wales, he went to the Middle East and Africa, where he worked mainly on large scale dairying projects. He returned to Wales in 1985 and is currently in large animal practice in Bala, North Wales. In 1987, he gained the diploma in bovine reproduction from Liverpool University and in 1996 was awarded an FRCVS for a thesis on calf diarrhoea. His particular interests lie in diseases of the neonatal calf. He is an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.


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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