Reference my other thread about using "Bute" for the chronic founder condition: This heifer never should have made it this far. She's 2 now. She was a difficult birth and I think she was oxygen deprived and was a "dumb calf". We had to feed her as she failed to nurse in the first 24 hours. Well, we finally taught her to nurse and she's made it this far. We decided to withdraw the "bute" as it was not improving her condition. She has a lot of joint pain in the front due to the founder. We noticed yesterday her grazing, but today she is just laying around. She got up to feed this morning , but was in obvious pain. My question is this: If she continues to eat and get up occaisionally, how long should I let this ride ? While laying down, she doesn't show any pain. At what point do you say, thats enough and put her down ? I was hoping to keep her until April 8th and take her to the packer then, but I want to do the right thing.