Gerard McGovern – a veterinary practitioner from Co. Cavan – came across a case of peroneal paralysis in a 3-day-old calf last week.
The vet explained that the calf was knuckling at the fetlock joint and was unable to extend the joint, dragging it along the ground.
“He had been normal at birth but developed the problem after receiving an injection into the hip area.”
A diagnosis of peroneal nerve paralysis was made on history and clinical signs; the peroneal nerve is a branch of the sciatic nerve and supplies the muscles which extend the fetlock.
“The calf recovered with NSAID, B vitamins & a little time.”
Experience? Everyone learns from their mistakes and this is a common one!”
“If giving an intramuscular injection to young calves, it is best to give it into the neck muscles, to avoid this situation.” the vet concluded.