A few weeks ago our bull was sick. I could tell that he was in a lot of pain and discomfort. He was breathing very shallow and making a loud noise with every breath. He was also weak and could not walk. Prior to that, a few days before, he was bleeding from his nose. We actually thought that he had fought with other bulls and didn’t pay much attention, until the rest of the symptoms appeared. But thanks to the VET, we managed to give him medication. These were effective. Had a big scare, this would have been a huge lose.
Recovery feels good...
VET diagnosis! Pneumonia…
Pneumonia is a lung disease that affects cattle, mostly in the eastern and northern parts of the country. These affects are throughout the year, when several primary and secondary organisms work together to cause damage to the lungs. It is also known as ‘lung disease’.
There are several factors that cause pneumonia. But the critical issue is when the animal is not able to fight off the disease. Factors that affect the ability of an animal to fight the disease are:
Stress reduces the animal’s ability to fight the disease by reducing the production of white blood cells. The white blood cells aid in fighting infections and diseases. OKB-12-677 was under stress truthfully speaking. The animal was confined in an enclosed camp together with other bulls were he was being prepared for the market. He would jump fences constantly, to attempt to get to the cows so he can mate. Raging testosterone levels.
Dust and cold
The colds and dust suppress the activity of the mucous membranes that help keep harmful organisms out of the mucus tract. This could be a cause. Winter was approaching and it was getting cold. And in addition, OKB-12-677 was on a supplementary lick programme to try and get him ready for the market. According to VET, might be that the licks accumulated dust. Storage of supplementary feeds is very important. It is also believed that the great differences between day time temperatures and night time temperatures contributes to weakening the animals potential to fight pneumonia.
Shortages of protein especially can have an effect in suppressing animal’s immune system.
Symptoms of pneumonia are,
Bleeding from nose
When autopsy conducted, accumulation of fluid in chest cavity occurs.
If you have any suspicions, contact your nearest VET.