Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Case Study Volume 4 Issue 7

A Case Study of a Downer Cow

Fatima Alraeesi*

Veterinary Science Student, Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

*Corresponding Author: Fatima Alraeesi, Veterinary Science Student, Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Received: May 24, 2022; Published: June 20, 2022


A cross-bred cow in a livestock farm in Al Zubair, Sharjah, had been in sternal recumbency (on the breastbone) for more than 24 hours and was showing signs of downer cow syndrome.  The cow did not stand and had become recumbent after being mounted by a significantly larger jersey bull, resulting in nerve damage in the cow. The cow was alert and had a normal appetite and temperature of (38.9°C) but was suspected to have calcium and copper deficiency. A blood sample was obtained to conduct liver enzymes, creatinine, urea, copper, and calcium tests. We instructed the owner to use a pulley to encourage the cow to stand. multivitamins were prescribed, and the separation of the cow and the jersey bull had to be made to prevent this from happening again, while the owner did not provide the pulley to support the downer cow to stand up, necrosis has begun in the thighs muscles and the cow was eventually slaughtered.

Keywords: Downer Cow; Sternal Recumbency; Jersey Bull; Cow Pulley; Necrosis


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Citation: Fatima Alraeesi. “A Case Study of a Downer Cow". Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.7 (2022): 69-70.


Copyright: © 2022 Fatima Alraeesi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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