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Farm Animal Practice
Practical intravenous fluid therapy in the diarrhoeic calf
  1. Dai Grove-White

    Dai Grove-White graduated from Liverpool in 1975. After a period in large animal practice in Wales, he spent some time in the Middle East and Africa where he worked mainly on large scale dairying projects. He returned to Wales in 1985 to work in large animal practice before moving to Liverpool University as a lecturer in farm animal studies. He holds the diploma in bovine reproduction from Liverpool and was awarded an FRCVS for a thesis on calf diarrhoea. He is an RCVS specialist in cattle health and production.


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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