This study was carried out on 67 stalled Baladi ewes, 3-5 years of age. Ten of them were clinically healthy dry non-pregnant, 45 were healthy late pregnant and 12 ewes experienced clinical ketosis.
The clinical signs of ketotic ewes appeared suddenly during the last 1-3 weeks of gestation including impaired appetite, unsteady gait, recumbency, head tilt, grinding of teeth and labored breathing. Disease was recorded in about 21% [12/57] of all pregnant ewes. Laboratory investigations revealed a significant [P >0.05] depression of serum levels of glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol and insulin in ketotic ewes in comparison with dry non-pregnant and healthy late pregnant ewes; while serum levels of total lipids, ketone bodies and alanine amino transferase [ALT] were significantly elevated in ketotic group in comparison with non-ketotic and dry non-pregnant ones. A trial for treatment was performed using daily i. v. administration of 200 ml 40% dextrose and 110 g glycerol orally/head for three successive days. The response for treatment was variable
R. F. El Sayed ,A. Siam ,
Pregnancy toxaemiain news: probable alterations in some serum constituents and a trial for treatment,
Alex. J. Vet. Sci. 1994;
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