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J Anim Sci. 1998 Jan;76(1):315-9.

Sudden death of feedlot cattle.

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Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins 80523, USA.

Abstract

Sudden deaths or the sudden death syndrome are perceived as major concerns in cattle feedlots because most of these deaths occur in cattle near market weight. Etiology and preventive measures are poorly defined. The current literature indicates that sudden deaths are associated most commonly with digestive upsets. Death is thought to be the result of interactions between factors including acidosis, bloat, and endotoxemia. Trauma, peracute interstitial pneumonia, and other identifiable events are specifically defined but relatively uncommon. Enterotoxemia is of questionable significance as a cause of sudden deaths.

PMID:
9464913
DOI:
10.2527/1998.761315x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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