Cattle Disease Guide
This comprehensive disease guide provides information on diseases that can affect individual animals or an entire herd. Typical symptoms associated with the disease will help identify the problem, advice for treatment and measures to prevent disease is also available.
Treatments available will vary depending on individual country and state regulations. As always, consult your veterinarian if you are concerned.
To access the disease guide, either select the type of disease by looking at the symptoms in the sections below, or click on the drop down menu in the right hand column to view all diseases.
RespiratoryRespiratory diseases are common and costly to livestock producers. Symptoms include coughing, nasal and eye discharge, rapid shallow breathing and salivation.
MetabolicMetabolic disorders occur because of nutritional deficiencies. Drop in yields, appetite, weight loss and depression are common symptoms.
OIE ReportableThese diseases are highly contagious and can have a severe economic impact on individual herds and the wider industry. Because of this, they must be reported to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE).
EntericEnteric diseases are infections that develop in the intestinal tract and can be caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. Symptoms include diarrhoea, weight loss and fever.
NeurologicalNeurological diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses or toxic substances. Loss of coordination, isolation from herd, strange behaviour and facial nerve paralysis are all symptoms of neurological disorders.
ReproductiveReproductive diseases tend to develop gradually and can be difficult to identify until well established in the herd. Symptoms of reproductive diseases include poor fertility rates, abortion, still births, discharge etc.
YoungstockFind diseases that specifically affect calves or young cattle.
Skin, eyes and feetInformation on infections and/ or diseases that affect skin, eyes and feet can be found here, includes lameness.
UdderUdder diseases are of particular concern in dairy and breeding herds. Swelling, lesions or sores on the teats are all signs of udder disease.
ZoonosesThese diseases not only affect cattle, but can be passed onto humans and vice versa.
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