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Pulpy kidney disease

Pulpy kidney disease

Pulpy kidney causes convulsions and sudden death, mainly in well-fed lambs or young sheep. When sheep are fed on highly nutritious pasture or their grain is suddenly increased, it can cause a rapid build-up of toxins in the intestine. If a ewe is vaccinated before lambing, the lamb will be protected for up to eight weeks as it receives antibodies in the milk.

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Reference: D. M. West, A. N. Bruere and A. L. Ridler, The sheep: health, disease & production. Palmerston North: Veterinary Continuing Education, Massey University, 2002, fig.

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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew. 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Reproductive and nervous system diseases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 14-Nov-12
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