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10. Necropsy

Dr. Karl says to Gretchen, “Don’t forget about biosecurity.   You should not handle live calves after performing a necropsy because you could spread infectious agents from the dead calf to the live ones.”


Necropsy findings:

  • External Examination
    • Wet and soiled perineum region
    • Dull and rough hair coat
    • Thin calf
  • Internal Examination
    • Excessive peritoneal fluid
    • Fibrin tags over the intestines
    • Intestines were congested and fluid filled
    • Mesenteric lymph nodes were enlarged
    • Hemorrhages on the mesenteric lymph nodes
    • Intestinal contents were fluid to mucoid consistency, with some mucosal shreds and blood in the colon
    • All other organs appeared normal

 

 


dead_cows.jpgTo get a better understanding of what may be going on, the most severely ill calf was humanely euthanized and necropsied.

  • External Examination
    • Wet and soiled perineum region
    • Dull and rough hair coat
    • Thin calf
  • Internal Examination
    • Excessive peritoneal fluid
    • Intestines were congested and fluid filled
    • Thickened ileum and colon wall was slightly thickened with hemorrhage on the mucosa.
    • The bowel felt thick when palpated and the intestinal vessels were congested

 

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