Ketosis is a common disease that can afflict dairy cows. In this article, we will explain what Ketosis is, the causes and the symptoms to watch out for.
Ketosis in cattle
Ketosisis a metabolic disease that can affect dairy cows during the first few weeks after calving. It is caused by an imbalance in the metabolism of glucose and fatty acids, which leads to an accumulation of ketone bodies in the blood. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which the body burns fat for energy and not glucose from carbohydrates.
Symptoms of Ketosis
The symptoms of Ketosis in cattle are: Decreased appetite, decreased milk production, weight loss, sweet or fruity breath, lethargy / weakness, digestive disturbances (e.g. diarrhoea and bloating), increased urination and drinking.
Consequences of ketosis in cattle
The consequences of Ketosis are: decreased milk production, weight loss, reproductive problems (retained placenta and infertility) and increased susceptibility to other diseases.
Causes of ketosis
The cause of ketosis in cattleis the metabolic imbalance between glucose and fatty acid utilization. This imbalance can be caused by: