Post parturient hemoglobinuria in a sheep flock

Published: Jan 29, 2018
post parturient hemoglobinuria PPH sheep flock treatment

The syndrome of intravascular hemolysis, hemoglobinuria, and anemia has been recognized in post parturient dairy cattle and buffaloes. In this report, the occurrence of post parturient hemoglobinuria in a sheep flock was described. Six ewes were affected and 3 of them were died. The affected animals had lambed 1-2 weeks before. The clinical signs included hemoglobinuria, tachycardia, tachypnea, weakness and recumbency. Serum phosphorus concentrations and PCV values were lower than reference parameters for sheep. Phosphorus supplementation and supportive treatment were recommended. In conclusion, grazing on frozen pasture following phosphorus deficiency could be responsible for the development of post parturient hemoglobinuria in the sheep flock.

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