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"A new Solution for Pre-weaned Calves"
By Jaguar Animal Health

The main cause of death in calves younger than 14 days old is dehydration due to scours.

During 2006, scours, diarrhea, or other digestive problems accounted for the majority of pre-weaned heifer deaths. Severe water loss or dehydration is usually the cause of death.

The newborn calf is born as a monogastric (single-stomached) animal with the abomasum as the only functional stomach. Once a calf drinks milk or milk replacer, the pH increases from 1.5 to 6 within 15 minutes of feeding. When the pH of the stomach is above 4, it can allow pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella to pass through the stomach intact and cause disease in the intestine of a calf.

Water loss results when young calves get scours caused by many sources, including infectious and noninfectious agents, and increased stress. Supporting a healthy gut to prevent water loss is important for maintaining healthy calves and dealing with scours...Continue Reading

About the Author: Jaguar Animal Health
Jaguar is a company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class gastrointestinal products for companion and production animals.

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