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I had a two month old calf die this week with pneumonia. I had never had one so young get sick. I have a theory that a nursing calf with pneumonia is especially hard to treat because, at least in humans, lactose can cause excess mucous if there is respiratory illness. Does this make sense?
 

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I had a two month old calf die this week with pneumonia. I had never had one so young get sick. I have a theory that a nursing calf with pneumonia is especially hard to treat because, at least in humans, lactose can cause excess mucous if there is respiratory illness. Does this make sense?
Pneumonia can hit at any age. If you think one may have pneumonia or respiratory disease again. Immediately give it Pennicillin, Draxxin, and sulfa such as Sustain III bolus according to label directions. I have stopped Pneumonia overnight with this approach. I had one 5 wt calf that was panting and wheezing in the sorting pen after only moving 1/4 mile. Gave him my cocktail and next morning he was fine. Talked to my vet and he said due to the adrenalin the calf had at the time and the antibiotics it was surely pneumonia and I had knocked it out.
 
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