Fluid therapy in mature cattle. Academic Article uri icon


  • Fluid therapy is practical and beneficial when properly administered to cattle. Mature cattle are more frequently alkalotic than acidotic, so nonalkalizing solutions are usually indicated. Exceptions include cattle with choke, carbohydrate engorgement, diabetes mellitus, and occasionally, renal disease, diarrhea, and fatty liver/ketosis. Many dehydrated cattle need supplemental potassium and calcium as well as sodium, chloride, and water. Intravenous administration is indicated in patients with obstructive gastrointestinal disease and those with severe dehydration. Oral or intraruminal administration is less expensive and, often, very effective.

published proceedings

  • Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract

author list (cited authors)

  • Roussel, A. J.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Roussel, AJ

publication date

  • January 1999