What Are The Causes Of Acidosis In Cattle?

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Evaluation Of Diagnostic Measures For Subacute Ruminal Acidosis In Dairy Cows

Abbreviations: APSC, alfalfa-pellet SARA challenge; DM, dry matter; DMI, dry matter intake; F: C, forage to concentrate ratio; GBSC, grain-based SARA challenge; Hp, haptoglobin; LBP, LPS binding protein; LPS, lipopolysaccaride endotoxin; NABE, renal net acid base excretion; pCO2 , partial pressure of CO2; pO2 , partial pressure of O2; SAA, serum amyloid A; SARA, subacute ruminal acidosis; VFA, volatile fatty acids Li, S., Gozho, G. N., Gakhar, N., Khafipour, E., Krause, D. O. and Plaizier, J. C. 2012. Evaluation of diagnostic measures for subacute ruminal acidosis in dairy cows. Can J. Anim. Sci. 92: 353–364. Effects of subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) challenges on measurements of feces, urine, milk and blood samples, and of feeding behavior were investigated to determine which of these measurements may aid in the diagnosis of SARA. Eight multiparous lactating dairy cows were used in a crossover design with two 6-wk experimental periods. During weeks 1, 2, and 6, cows received a control diet with a forage-to-concentrate ratio of 58:42. During weeks 3 to wk 5, a grain-based SARA challenge (GBSC) or an alfalfa-pellet SARA challenge (APSC) was conducted by replacing 12% of the dry 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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