Pneumonia, and cattle shed design. - Strathbogie Veterinary Centre

39 Gordon Street, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 8EQ,
Telephone: 01466 792627 Fax: 01466 794962
Newsletter September 2015
Lungworm in cattle.
Lungworm (Husk); has caused some problems over the last few weeks. It most commonly
affects cattle throughout the summer and into Autumn. It often has a part to play in outbreaks
of pneumonia. Calves tend to be affected once they’re weaned and have started grazing.
Cows, if not wormed and exposed to unusually high levels, can be affected sooner. Its the
worm larvae on the grass that infects them, they then migrate through the gut wall and over a
few weeks (3 to 4) work their way to the lungs.
Signs of husk range from a mild cough and weight loss, to severe breathing difficulties and
the worst cases are fatal. It can be diagnosed from faeces samples or by post-mortem if there
is a loss. Lungworm used to be a calf problem mostly however with more regular use of
wormers, adult cows are also seen with it as they may have never developed their own
immune response.
Where there is a big problem, Lung-worm can be prevented using vaccination, allowing the
cattle to build up their own immune response to it. However it should not be given in
conjunction with wormers as they will reduce its effect. It is given to calves before they go
out to grass. 2 doses 4 weeks apart.
Also a note about blow-flies: we have had a few cases of maggots this year, so don’t let the
lack of sun deceive you! This warm wet weather is perfect for flies. Keep your eyes on your
sheep and be aware that any animal with wounds or scour etc will be prone!
And back popular demand.. some awful jokes to keep you entertained!
Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the other side.
What do you call a cow with a sense of humour? A laughing stock.
What happens when you talk to cows? It goes in one ear and out the udder.
Why was the barn so noisy? Because all the cows had horns.
What do you get when you cross a smurf with a cow? Blue cheese.
“European Union Directive No. 456179”
In order to bring about further integration with the single European
currency, the Euro, all citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland must be made aware that the phrase
“ Spending a Penny” is not to be used after 31 December 2014
From this date onwards, the correct term will be: “Euronating” .
It is hoped that this will be a great relief to everyone.