NEONATAL diarrhoea remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the young calf. Irrespective of the pathogens involved in the disease process, treatment is aimed at correcting the resulting fluid and electrolyte deficits. This article discusses the rationale for fluid therapy and practical approaches to providing it intravenously. It is now generally accepted that antimicrobials have little role in the treatment of diarrhoea and that their use should be discouraged on public health grounds given concerns over the contribution of veterinary antibiotics to the development of transferable drug resistance.
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