1988 Volume 41 Issue 9 Pages 635-639
Seven Holstein dairy calves suffering from abomasal volvulus were studied. All were presented in serious physical condition due to the acute course of the disease. Dehydration, depression, abdominal distention and “ping” sound were the common clinical signs in these seven calves, of which six showed hypochloremia and four were in lactic acidosis. By surgical laparotomy on the right flank, all of these seven calves were proven to have abomasal volvulus in either of four different modes. Thus, they underwent only the surgical reduction following removal of the gas and fluid accumulated in the abomasum. Six of the seven calves have responded well to these surgical interventions, but one died of peritonitis fourteen days after surgery. The intensive fluid therapy with Ringer's and 5% dextrose solutions before, during and even after surgery was concluded to be significantly effective in the successful treatment of these cases.