Tomlyn offers veterinarian-approved formulas to support calf health including electrolytes and newborn calf support. If you have questions about calf health, Tomlyn is here to help answer them!
How do electrolytes help calves?
Oral rehydration therapies are designed to improve acid-base balance by providing electrolytes and water. Water, sodium, energy sources like glucose, amino acids like glycine, and electrolytes like potassium can help rehydrate calves after times of stress like transport, weather events, or illnesses. For example, calves can lose 5 to 10% of their body weight in water within 1 day of scouring, according to PennState Extension. Your veterinarian can help determine a complete treatment protocol for the underlying cause of scours leading to dehydration.
How can I support the immune system of newborn calves?
Antibodies can’t easily transfer across the placenta of cows during pregnancy. This means calves are born with a naïve immune system and rely almost exclusively on consumption of colostrum to start their immune system development. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the cow after calving and is rich in immunoglobulins (antibodies), growth factors, and several other nutrients and compounds that promote calf health, according to the University of Maryland Extension. Quality of colostrum, quantity of colostrum available, and timing of ingestion are three key components to helping newborn calves develop a robust immune system.