Baking Soda For Acidosis In Cattle

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Sodium Bicarbonate

Summary All Essential Benefits/Effects/Facts & Information Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a supplement that provides dietary bicarbonate, which can increase serum levels of bicarbonate (normally produced by the kidneys) and subsequently buffer acid production in the body. The main mechanism of action of sodium bicarbonate is in negating the effects of acidosis. It provides benefits both in situations of chronic mild acidosis, commonly seen in metabolic ailments or during aging as kidney function slowly declines, and in exercise-induced acidosis. In athletes, the standard doses of sodium bicarbonate supplementation (200-300 mg/kg) tend to reliably benefit performance when failure on the exercise is associated with metabolic acidosis, aka “the burn.” Sports where failure occurs due to the cardiorespiratory system or due to force production by the central nervous system (e.g., single sprints or rowing in elite rowers) do not appear to reliably benefit from supplemental bicarbonate. Benefits of sodium bicarbonate can be observed with a single dose taken 60-90 minutes before exercise, but supplementation should be approached cautiously as it can cause gastrointestinal side effe Continue reading >>

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  1. wyomama

    Too frazzled to look up stuff just right now...
    Long story short, yesterday a couple cows got into the grain. I got a good amount of baking soda into everyone that I could tell was there and that seemed off.
    I guess I missed one.
    Tig is lethargic, production down, no appetite, and has projectile green diarrhea.
    I got about a cup of baking soda down her, with about a cup of molasses. I've got her in a dry stall with water, I'm off to get a bale of grass hay for her from a neighbor.
    I can give her a B complex injection a little later
    Anything else I need to do?

  2. wyomama

    Darn - milkmaid signed off while I was posting.
    She's up, wasn't sure I made that clear.

  3. jerseymike

    500 grams (17.5 oz) sodium bicarbonate (baking soda);20 grams (1 oz) magnesium oxide; 40 grams (2 oz) charcoal. Bring to 2 liters with water in a plastic container. Drench
    from Rick Stock, Extension Feedlot Specialist, University of Nebraska

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