Ask your veterinarian to develop a treatment guideline for your farm. In general, cows with ketosis benefit from oral energy sources (propylene glycol, drench mixes) and sometimes intravenous solutions containing dextrose. Do not overdose dextrose to ketotic cows. Some cows will benefit from oral calcium products, as well, for off-feed conditions.
Your first goal should be to prevent ketosis. Try these tips to keep treatment to a minimum:
• Maintain adequate dry matter intake in dry/close pen.Aim for 27 pounds of DMI in a mixed-parity pen.
• Ensure 3 feet of bunk space in dry/close-up pen.
• Aim for 100 square feet of space per cow in dry/closeup pen.
• Don’t overcrowd the fresh pen
• Maintain adequate energy in the fresh-cow ration.
• Shoot for proper body condition at dry off.
• Maintain an appropriate dry period length of 50-70 days
Work with your veterinarian and nutritionist to improvey our ability to both treat and prevent ketosis on your dairy.
Fred Gingrich is a practicing veterinarian and owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services, Inc., in Ashland, Ohio.