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Inability of dairy animal to maintain normal Ca results in milk fever (De Garis and Lean, 2008).
Effects of the addition of potassium or sodium, but not calcium, to prepartum rations on milk fever in dairy cows.
Basically, milk fever is an imbalance of calcium in the cow's blood, also known as hypocalcemia (low blood calcium).
Milk fever and dietary cation-anion balance effects on concentration of vitamin D receptor in tissue of periparturient dairy cows.
Peroneal paralysis occurs with dystocia in milk fever and results in knuckling of fetlock and dropping of hocks.
For other than parasitic diseases 48 of the 606 remedies were used for the treatment of the Calcium deficiency, 46 for mastitis, 42 for diarrhoea, 29 for an estrous, enterotoxaemia, 25 for foot and mouth disease, 22 for prolaps, 20 for rheumatic fever, 16 for Haemoraghic septicemia, 15 for panting, 14 for Newcastle disease, 11 for milk fever, 10 for strangles, 09 for nasal discharge, 08 for colic, strangle, Lactolith, indigestion, black quarter, 06 for canine distemper, laminitis, 05 for crop bound condition, tail necrosis and gangrene, 04 for rheumatism, Tympany, 03 for string hault, fibrosis, wound, 02 for cough, loss of appetite, pneumonia, retention of foetal membrane, sheep pox, teat stricture, uterus puss and 01 for Gid.
Addition of chloride to a prepartal diet high in cations increase 1,25--dihydroxyvitamin D response to hypocalcemia preventing milk fever.
But tough decisions have to be made: the milk fever sick cow has to be put down and much of the herd needs to be sold.
The infected animal was a 12-year old cow, which was culled for destruction due to a history of milk fever (hypocalcaemia).
With the exception of milk fever and acidosis, the energy deficit of the transition cow is a contributing factor to all of the problems that may be experienced by the transition cow.
But researchers knew that high levels of vitamin D2 could prevent milk fever.
Shortly after arriving at Ames in the late 1970s, Horst saw that vitamin D's crucial role in calcium production warranted attention as a possible way to prevent hypocalcemia, or milk fever, in dairy cows.