Ionized calcium versus total calcium in dairy cows

Ionized and total calcium levels were determined in 29 Friesian and 5 Drakensberger cows. One Friesian cow had parturient paresis and specimens were taken before and after treatment. It is suggested that due to the easy reliable way in which ionized calcium levels can now be determined this investig...

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Published in: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association Vol. 55; no. 2; pp. 71 - 72
Main Author: Dauth, J., Dreyer, M.J. & De Coning, J.P
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
English
Published: AOSIS 01-01-1984
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Summary: Ionized and total calcium levels were determined in 29 Friesian and 5 Drakensberger cows. One Friesian cow had parturient paresis and specimens were taken before and after treatment. It is suggested that due to the easy reliable way in which ionized calcium levels can now be determined this investigation should replace total calcium estimations in dairy cows presenting with parturient paresis. Ionized calcium levels serve as a valuable diagnostic aid but are also important to assess the effectivity of treatment for this condition.
ISSN: 1019-9128
2224-9435