Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ketosis in Ewes and Does

Ketosis in Ewes and Does 
Steven M. Jones, Associate Professor 
Jeremy 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. 


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