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    4wd
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    Twitching calf

    I've a calf about a month old sucking mother, yesterday I noticed it seemed to have a 'heavy' eyelid and if you approached it would turn its head to use the other eye - otherwise seemed OK.

    This evening it will sometimes twitch almost its whole body but still seems reasonably well otherwise, but eyelid seems similar.
    First thought was White Muscle disease but looking that up, symptoms don't sound right at all and am thinking meningitis now.

    White Muscle has not been a problem so far here, however selenium deficiency is a known problem on nearby farms.
    Ring any bells?

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    GenuineRisk
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    Re: Twitching calf

    Had a crossbreed steer that got nicknamed 'Churchill' after the nodding insurance dog. Whether he had oxygen starvation calving or just some other brain damage, don't know but he survived just fine and made decent money finished. twitchy eyes and then whole head would shake/nod slightly.

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    Greysides
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    Re: Twitching calf

    Has it been disbudded recently? Infection under scab running along side of face?

    Otherwise, meningitis sounds likely enough not to delay treatment. Early treatment is vital for meningitis.
    Brain abscess is also possible, treatment would be similar.

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    4wd
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    Re: Twitching calf

    It's not been disbudded yet and no sign of navel ill either.
    After posting last night I gave it pen strep (which is all I routinely keep) and it seems much better this morning so will see how it goes today.
    On the bottle it does mention as a treatment for meningitis - so if caught early may suffice?

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    Greysides
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    Re: Twitching calf

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    On the bottle it does mention as a treatment for meningitis - so if caught early may suffice?

    If it's working.......................

    It's a toss up between tissue penetration and sensitivity of the organism once it gets there.

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