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Aust Vet J. 1987 Dec;64(12):367-70.

Experimentally induced lactic acidosis in the goat.

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Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Queensland, St Lucia.


Lactic acidosis was produced experimentally twice in each of 4 adult, female goats, by giving sucrose orally at the rate of 18 g/kg bodyweight. Changes in pH, osmolality, lactic acid concentration, and other constituents in ruminal fluid, plasma and blood were monitored over a period of 48 h. Also changes in urinary pH and sediment were examined. To ameliorate the metabolic disturbance, calcium hydroxide and bicarbonate treatment was employed after the 24 h samples had been collected and their acid-base status determined. A feature of the disturbance in the goats was that a metabolic alkalosis preceded the onset of lactic acidosis.

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