- Occurs due to low magnesium levels in blood, adult lactating animals are most susceptible. May occur in calves also.
- Normal animal suddenly throws up its head, bellow, gallop and fall exhibiting severe paddling convulsions which are repeated in short intervals.
- In milder cases animal walks stiffly, is hypersensitive to touch and sound, urinates frequently and may progress to convulsive stage after 2-3 days.
- Often occurs along with hypocalcaemia. Untreated animals will die.
- Soils fertilized with potash and nitrogen are high risk areas.
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF HYPOMAGNESAEMIA
- Provide Magnesium oxide @ around 50 g per day to animals at risk.
- Contact veterinarian immediately if symptoms are seen, animals respond to therapy instantly. May relapse after 1-2 days which require further treatment.
Timely treatment will save your animal