Nursing calves with tick paralysis may require a large commitment in time and effort.
An improvement in the paralysis may take up to 7 – 10 days
Complete recovery from tick paralysis may take 3 – 4 weeks.
If the calf is able to walk
Keep the calf with the cow in a small flat paddock or yard with shade.
Supply feed & water to both cow and calf.
If the calf is NOt able to walk
Keep the cow with the calf in a yard.
Keep the calf in the shade, & provide shade, feed & water for the cow.
If the calf is unable to suckle from the cow give the calf (by tube or bottle) milk substitute or water with electrolytes (e.g. Vytrate) 4 times a day. Give 2.5% of the calf’s weight as fluids at each feed (e.g. give 50 kg calf 1.25L water 4 times a day).