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Table 7 Clinical parameters and the suckling behavior at the end of the study period in relation to the outcome of therapy

From: Construction and validation of a decision tree for treating metabolic acidosis in calves with neonatal diarrhea

Clinical Scores Successfully treated Overdosed calves p value
(BE −5 to +5 mmol/l) (BE > +5 mmol/l)
n n
Posture
1 8 4  
2 43 49 0.430
3 2 2  
Behavior
1 24 24  
2 27 31 0.326
3 2 0  
Suckling reflex
1 23 22  
2 25 20 0.129
3 5 13  
Palpebral reflex
1 43 52 0.032
2 10 3  
Degree of enophthalmos
1 44 48  
2 7 6 0.761
3 2 1  
Degree of skin tenting
1 20 15  
2 17 25 0.469
3 14 14  
4 2 1  
Suckling behavior*
100% 37 36  
50 - 99% 11 10 0.558
< 50% 5 9  
  1. * regarding the intake of the offered milk volume at the last feeding before the end of the study period.