Urinary Calculi in Growing Lambs
Several producers creep feed their lambs. It is during this period that the incidence of urinary calculi increases. Urinary calculi or "urolithiasis" affects young rams fed on rations with a high grain proportion. Tiny crystals form in the urine under certain dietary conditions. The crystals are carried along in the urine flow and block the urethra. Severe blockages cause the bladder to distend and possibly rupture. If rupture occurs, the ram lamb will probably die.
Calculi development is related to the intake of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Quick fixes include:
Consider reviewing the entire ration with your nutritionist.
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