In Practice 17:266-269 doi:10.1136/inpract.17.6.266
  • Clinical Practice
  • Farm Animal Practice

Differential diagnosis of common metabolic disorders of sheep

  1. Phil Scott

    Phil Scott graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1978. For the past 14 years he has worked in the Large Animal Practice at the 'Dick', for the past seven years as director. During this time he has gained the certificate and diploma in sheep health and production, the certificate in cattle health and production, an FRCVS for a thesis on the clinical diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and a DVM&S for his studies on the factors affecting the perinatal mortality rate of lambs.


THE common metabolic disorders of sheep include pregnancy toxaemia and hypocalcaemia. Hypomagnesaemia occurs much less often. As the morbidity rate of these disorders can be high, it is important to establish an early accurate diagnosis to implement therapy and, more importantly, institute preventive measures for the remainder of the flock at risk.

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