Lilly Walford· Registered
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I have a pet heifer (Tibby) that will be turning one on July 31st. When we was little (probably around 1 month old) she was breathing pretty heavily and my aunt gave her medication for possible pneumonia. I'm not sure if that was the issue or not as she was always a heavy breather even before that. She has continued to be a heavy breather, especially when it is hot or when she is lying down. She was put out in the pasture with some of our other cows and she started acting sick (I was away at the time this occurred) and I was told she had been acting lethargic and her breathing was more labored than usual. I had noticed her breathing was heavier a couple of days before a went on a trip but thought it was just due to the heat. My family gave took her off the pasture and called the vet and he thought it could be a foundering type situation like with horses so she was put on just hay for awhile. She continued to not do well and was given antibiotics for possible pneumonia, I believe she had a temperature of 105 or 106. She eventually has become less lethargic though on some days she is better than others. She doesn't always eat grain when someone else feeds her but will always eat well when I feed her. She has continued to have very heavy breathing (I think is sounds similar to a person with asthma). We called the vet out and he said he thought she just seemed "full" and that as long as she was eating to not worry but he didn't listen to her lungs as they didn't put her in the head catch and she is only tame with me. Although he said not to worry her breathing does concern me. I don't know if she could have lung damage or what is going on. I don't know if anyone here as any experience with this. I don't feel the veterinarians we have dealt with have take it as seriously since she is a pet and not a for profit cow. I am getting disparate for any advice or guidance. I'm wondering if I should find a specialist or if you all think she is ok. Sorry for the long message I'm just very concerned and open to any suggestions. Price is no object to me where her health is concerned so I am truly open to anything at this point.