Bentonite in the prevention and treatment of diarrhoea in newborn calves
Bartos, J.; Habrda, J.
Veterinarni Medicina 19(12): 707-716
Bentonite (Bentonitum Spofa) in the dose of one spoonful was preventively administered to 240 calves in 10 herdy once to three times a dayy. In 44.2 % of calves, diarrhea occurred after 6.2 days, on an average. The control group was formed by 241 calves; 53.10/of these calves showed signs of disease after 5.7 days, on an average. The difference is statistically significant (P=0.05). Bentonite, was used therapeutically in the dose of two spoonfuls administered twice to three times a day to calves. 96.2 % of these calves recovered, relapses occurred in 4.7 %, emergency slaughter in 0.4 %; the mortality was 3.4 % of the number of treated calves and 1.7 0/0 of the total number of calves. In the group of calves which had been treated also preventively with bentonite, the same preparation healed 96.2 0/0 of 106 calves, and in the group of animals without preventive bentonite administration the rate of recovered cases was 96.1 of 128 animals.