Neonate Fawn Care the first 21 days and identifying issues. Then what to do!

Or we can call it this I love poop show… But not really.


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Side Note* Weather changes can help set things off.


Ecoli and what it is…

Escherichia coli or more commonly known as E. coli is a Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium. It is most commonly found in the lower intestine. Though most E. coli strains are harmless, some virulent strains can causes chronic diarrhea and even pneumonia in some cases. The harmless strains are part of the normal flora of the gut, and can benefit their hosts by producing vitamin K and preventing colonization of the intestine with pathogenic bacteria.

Fecal-oral transmission (FOT) is the major route through which pathogenic strains of the bacterium cause disease. Cells are able to survive outside the body for a limited amount of time, which makes them ideal indicator organisms to test environmental samples for fecal contamination. However, there is a growing body of research has examine environmentally persistent E. coli which can survive for extended periods outside of a host.

Identifying Ecoli- Over 700 Strains

10-20 type strains mostly bovine- check with your lab


Ecoli- Mother raised fawns

-Typically seen in fawns ages 1- 21 days old

– Most problems occur under 14 days old

-Look for over mothering

-Wet looking rear ends (butts)

-Getting fawns out of their beds see if there is fecal left behind

-Fly’s on them

-Binocs are so important


Bottle feds-Under 12 days old

Loose stool can mean a host of things

Fecal test is so important- Drug susceptibility test

Identifying poop

Sea foam green


Slimy texture


Treatment-Mother raised

Catch fawn with net

15 grams of fawn paste (C&E)

Fluids- 60 to 100 ML lactated Ringers

Dextrose can be helpful

Vitamin B Complex or B-12

Antibiotic of choice- Refer to your Vet and previous Drug Susceptibility testing

You should notice improvement after 24 hours. If need be repeat again 48 hours later


Bottle feds-

Completely different beast

Flush them- Fluids SQ and Electrolyte via bottle or tubing (12-24 hours) C&E Prolyte and Diaque are two I like

Do not try to plug them up…Why not?

Antibiotics (from Chart from Fecal Sample examination)

Keeping appetite going

Do not throw the Kitchen sink at them, one thing at a time

Depending on severity get them back on milk

Staying clean and using common sense/ cross- contamination animal to animal


Thanks for listening.