What Are The Causes Of Acidosis In Cattle?

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Acidosis Is Cows - Information, Treatment And Advice

Ruminal Acidosis is where the pH of the rumen is lower (more acidic) than the ideal level. It can be acute, where there are clinical problems which can be life threatening to the cow and require immediate attention or sub-acute which although not as immediately serious, this can actually have a much greater economic impact. Acidosis caused by excessive intake of rapidly degradable carbohydrates such as starch and sugars found in concentrate feeds such as cereals. The starch and sugar in these feeds is fermented by rumen bacteria largely to lactic acid. Lactic acid is up to ten times more acidic than other VFA’s produced during fermentation of fibre. This means that fermentation of these concentrate feeds causes the pH of the rumen to drop. To ensure that acidosis doesn’t become a problem, it is important to ensure that there is enough fibre in the diet as this can help to reduce the likelihood of acidosis. When fibre ferments in the rumen, the VFA’s produced are much less acidic than when starch ferments and also, the ‘scratch factor’ of the fibre encourages rumination. During cud chewing, saliva is produced and this contains buffering chemicals which help to neutralise t Continue reading >>

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  1. Anguscollegekid

    What exactly is acidosis, how does it occur and what determines if they live or quick death?

  2. milkmaid

    Good grief... there's no such thing as a short answer to that question. Best suggestion would be to run a search on the boards and/or on google before asking here.
    My very concise answers to your questions... acidosis is a state where the pH of the animal's rumen and/or body organs, blood, etc, drop below normal levels to an acidic pH. Usually caused by grain overload, can also be caused by diarrhea (loss of electrolytes). As with any problem, the level of severity and prompt treatment determine the outcome.

  3. 1982vett

    I find this to be a pretty good source of information.
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index ... d=acidosis

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