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Milk Fever
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Milk Fever, also called Hypocalcemia, is not really a fever at all. In reality, Milk Fever is quite the opposite and is characterized by a doe that has kidded, that is very lethargic, has poor muscle control, difficulty standing and enlarged pupils. While Milk Fever is less likely to occur in a doe that is receiving the proper type and amount of minerals, when Milk Fever strikes, it is due to a lack of calcium and magnesium. Immediate attention should be given to a doe with Milk Fever. The cure is relatively simple and should be administered as injections of calcium gluconate and magnesium - all of which should be available at farm and feed stores. It is also believed that in conjunction with the calcium and magnesium injections (given together), the addition of liquids rich in calcium, vitamins A, D and E will also go a long way in a quicker recovery. Left untreated, the doe will die.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.


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