Serum Electrolyte Concentrations Following Intravenous Administration of a 50% Dextrose Solution Bolus to Fresh Dairy Cows
Keywords:Ketosis, dextrose solution, postpartum dairy cattle, serum electrolyte levels
Ketosis in postpartum dairy cows is often treated by intravenous administration of 50% dextrose solution. Intravenous administration of dextrose to humans increases urinary excretion of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Low blood levels of these electrolytes have been associated with recumbency in dairy cows. The objective of this study was to determine whether intravenous bolus treatment with 50% dextrose solution would decrease serum electrolyte levels in postpartum Holstein cows.