Pneumonia Is Serious Illness

A Cowboy’s Faith


Most people know the word pneumonia but do not understand how dangerous the sickness can be for animals and humans.

Pneumonia is one of the most significant diseases affecting calves causing inflammation of the lung tissue and airways.

Damage may be irreversible in severe cases as it is the most common reason for death and poor performance in young cattle.

Factors that can cause calf pneumonia include the presence of bacteria and viruses, the environment, and the immune status of the animal.

Symptoms of pneumonia are reduction in eating, dull demeanor, dropping of the head, increased respiratory rate, nasal discharge, cough, and raised temperature.

Strategies to reduce pneumonia should target improving cattle immunity and reducing stress, as well as treating any disease present.

Fast and effective antibiotic treatment is critical for minimizing potential lung damage. Providing treatment with long-acting antibiotics will often improve the health of a sick calf, resulting in quicker return of appetite and more rapid recovery.

The lungs take 10-14 days to heal, therefore a treatment course should last this length of time, even if the animal appears clinically better after just a few days.

Human pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi.

The infection causes the lungs’ air sacs to become inflamed and fill up with fluid or pus.

Symptoms of pneumonia range from mild to severe, and include cough, fever, chills, and trouble breathing.

Many factors affect how serious a case of pneumonia is, such as the type of germ causing the lung infection, the person’s age, and their overall health. Identifying the pneumonia cause can be an important step in getting the proper treatment.

Anyone can get pneumonia, but people most at risk are infants and young children, adults 65 or older, and people who have other health problems.

Pneumonia is a leading cause of hospitalization in both children and adults. Most cases can be treated successfully, although it can take weeks to fully recover.

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. die from pneumonia every year, most of them adults over the age of 65.

Reminded of Genesis 2:7

: “And the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul.”



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