What Is Ketosis In Dairy Cattle

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Ketosis is one of the most common metabolic diseases on dairy farms. It occurs when cows have an abnormal response to negative energy balance. After calving, all cows experience some degree of negative energy balance, mobilize body fat for the additional energy needed for milk production and lose weight during the first several months of lactation. But, if cows mobilize excessive amounts of fat, the metabolic process of converting this fat to energy can result in an undesirable buildup of ketones in the bloodstream. Clinical signs Watch for the following clinical signs: decreased milk production, poor appetite, decreased rumen fill, dehydration, sunken eyes and constipation. In severe cases, known as nervous ketosis, cows will exhibit neurologic signs such as weakness, running into walls, or compulsive licking/chewing. Cow-side diagnostic tests If you suspect ketosis, you have several options to help confirm the diagnosis. 1. Urine test strips. Once the cow urinates, hold the ketone strip into the urine and watch for a color change (purple) which often occurs within seconds. The urine strips are the least costly test; however, they do miss some cows with ketosis (due to lower sensi Continue reading >>

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  1. wild_wild_wes

    Keto strip test results

    I started Keto on Monday. Today I bought the Keto test strip kit a WalMart and just tried one. The color result put me somewhere in the SMALL (15) to MODERATE (40) range, but much closer to MODERATE.
    Is that okay?

  2. lbendall

    throw them away

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    Originally Posted by lbendall
    throw them away


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