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Bringing In Your Cattle


If you are bringing adult cattle into the clinic that will be unloaded, pull up to the garage door at the northeast corner of the front of the clinic. Please come into the clinic or phone us from your vehicle to let us know you have arrived. When we are ready for you, one of our staff members will open the doors so you can pull through.  Once inside, our staff will secure your trailer to start the unloading process.  We have a secure loading/unloading area, hydraulic chute, and holding pen. This enables us to provide safe and efficient evaluation and treatment (including surgery) of your livestock in a clean, well lit, and heated area. 

If you are bringing calves into the clinic for scour treatment, casting, etc, please stop at the front of the clinic or phone to let us know you have arrived and proceed to the parking lot behind the clinic.  On the back side of the clinic there are three garage doors.  Please pull up to the middle door and a Veterinarian or other staff member will open the door when we are ready for you. Calves being treated for scours are admitted into our isolation ward. Here they are placed in a holding crate that has been thoroughly disinfected between patients. Care is provided using strict biosecurity protocols to prevent disease transmission. 

More on scouring calves:

Understanding the different types of scours, timely detection, and proper treatment can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to scouring calves. If you are having issues with scouring calves please call the clinic to discuss it with one of our veterinarians. A scouring calf doesn't have to be a dead calf. We are also happy to discuss scour prevention and help you develop a protocol that works for your herd. 

HYDRATION, HYDRATION, HYDRATION! If there's one thing that everyone caring for calves should know how to do, it is assess hydration status. No matter what the cause of the scours, we must maintain adequate hydration in these calves. This means ensuring they have enough fluid to counteract what they are losing through the diarrhea. Calves that are mildly dehydrated may be able to be managed at home with medication and oral electrolytes. Calves that are more severely dehydrated will require in clinic hospitalization for intravenous fluids. 

To learn more about assessing calf hydration talk to one of our vets, or check out these articles:

How to assess dehydration in scouring calves: https://news.okstate.edu/artic...

Recognizing the signs of calf dehydration: https://www.extension.iastate....

More helpful articles:

Calving tips: going to war on calf scours: https://www.beefmagazine.com/m...

Scours in calves: https://www.canadiancattlemen....

Preventing calf scours in beef herds: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/li...

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