The effect of different treatments for early lactation hyperketonemia on blood β-hydroxybutyrate, plasma non-esterified fatty acids, glucose, insulin, and glucagon in dairy cattle
Keywords:metabolic disorders, transition cows, hyperketonemia, glucose, propylene glycol, BHB, β-hydroxybutyrate, dairy cows
Despite increased efforts in preventing the occurrence of metabolic disorders in transition cows, hyperketonemia remains a frequent early lactation metabolic disease affecting an average of 40% of cows in herds in the US. Despite the demonstrated economic impact of this disorder there is a lack of controlled clinical trials comparing different treatment strategies in affected cows. The objective of our study was to investigate the effect of treatment with intravenous glucose, oral propylene glycol (PG), or a combination of both on the reduction in blood β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) concentrations of early lactation hyperketonemic dairy cows.