Ketosis - By Kelsey Jones Ketosis Pregnancy toxemia also...

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Pregnancy toxemia, also known as ketosis, is a metabolic disease that occurs in late pregnancy. It is most prevalent in ewes carrying two or more lambs or in very fat ewes. Ketosis is caused by a disturbance in carbohydrate usage in the animal. As a ewe’s pregnancy progresses, the energy demands of her body increase. At the same time, the capacity of her rumen shrinks since her growing lambs in the uterus take up more and more space inside leaving less space for the rumen. This combination can result in the ewe not receiving enough carbohydrates (energy) through her diet. Ketosis
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As a result she will have to resort to breaking down her own body tissues (usually fat) in order to provide energy for her growing lambs, thus releasing ketones (a toxic byproduct of fat breakdown) into her bloodstream. When this occurs too rapidly, the ewe’s body cannot detoxify the ketones fast enough and ketosis or pregnancy toxemia results. Ketosis can also occur when a ewe is too fat since fat
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course ANSCI 313 taught by Professor Dr.allanmorgan during the Fall '11 term at Tarleton.

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