Diarrhea in calves can be a challenge, and the No. 1 killer of calves during the first weeks of life. It’s generally not the gut infection that kills a calf, however, but dehydration. Early treatment with fluids can make a big difference in the outcome.

Dr. Derek Foster (North Carolina State University) says that for most sick calves, it can be oral fluids, especially if they are not yet too dehydrated.

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