Cattle Medicine Q&A 08

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After a stormy autumn night you are called to attend a recumbent 10-year-old Simmental-cross-Friesian beef suckler cow that calved 36 hrs ago. The cow is at pasture with a group of predominantly summer-calving cows which is receiving no supplementary feeding other than barley straw in a ring feeder. The cow was found by the farmer to be in lateral recumbency and ‘thrashing wildly’. When you arrive the cow appears quiet but clinical examination precipitates seizure activity.

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