Ketosis in Ewes and Does
Steven M. Jones, Associate ProfessorJeremy Powell, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Several small ruminant producers and county agents on behalf of producers have contacted us with questions about ewes and does in late gestation suddenly becoming nonambulatory. Symptoms suggest that, in most cases, it is probably Ketosis. Ketosis has several common names including pregnancy toxemia, lambing/kidding sickness, pregnancy disease and twin-lamb/kid disease. It occurs in all parts of the world and can be a fatal disease occurring only during the last month of pregnancy.