Dealing with Diphtheria in Calves

How to Treat A Respiratory Disease in Calves

Dealing with Diphtheria in Calves
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 6 minutes Diphtheria in calves is generally more serious — and more noticeable — than in adult cattle. Diphtheria is an upper respiratory disease and is an infection and/ or inflammation of the vocal folds of the larynx (voice box) at the back of the throat. Infection in that area (called necrotic laryngitis) and swelling from inflammation can be serious if it restricts the airways and makes breathing difficult. Swelling impairs breathing because air must travel through the larynx to get into the windpipe and down to the lungs. CAUSES Trauma opens the way for infection and inflammation. This may be caused by eating abrasive feeds like stemmy weeds or woody plants, calves chewing on sticks or eating coarse straw, or the use of a tube feeder on baby calves. If the surface of the tube is rough instead of smooth (which can happen if

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