Herbal gel as oral treatment against ketosis

30-06-2016 | |
Herbal gel as oral treatment against ketosis

Indian researchers studied an herbal nutritional approach to deal with ketosis in dairy cattle. The results have been published in The Journal of Veterinary Science.

Ketosis is a metabolic disorder that occurs in cattle when energy demands exceed energy intake and result in a negative energy balance. The current study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of herbal gel AV/KPC/10 (M/S Ayurvet Limited) for control of sub clinical ketosis in cows.

18 animals positive for sub clinical ketosis were randomly divided into Group I (n=6), treated with the herbal gel at a  dose 200 gm twice a day orally for first 2 days followed by 100 gm once a day for next 3 days, Group II (n=6), treated with Liquid Anabolite at dose 200ml twice a day orally for 2 days, followed by 100 ml twice a day for 3 days and Group III (n=6), treated with Inj. Dextrose 25% at dose 500 ml intravenously once in a day for 3 days.

It was shown that the group of ketotic cows treated with the herbal gel showed improvement in altered levels of plasma glucose, serum triglycerides and serum phosphorus on day 3 till day 30 post treatment. All herbal gel supplemented cows were found negative for sub clinical ketosis on day 3, 7 and day 30 after supplementation. A significant increase in milk yield was observed after herbal gel supplementation.

The full study can be read here.

Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor