[Rumenocentesis: a suitable technique for analysis of rumen juice pH in cattle?]

Strabel, D; Ewy, A; Kaufmann, T; Steiner, Adrian; Kirchhofer, Marc Peter (2007). [Rumenocentesis: a suitable technique for analysis of rumen juice pH in cattle?]. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 149(7), pp. 301-6. Bern: Huber 10.1024/0036-7281.149.7.301

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In the United States, rumenocentesis has been recommended especially for early diagnosis of subacute rumen acidosis (SARA). The objective of the current study was to evaluate health risks due to the technique ofrumenocentesis and to measure pH in ruminal juice using a commercial indicator paper (Pehanon) and a pH electrode (reference method). After 11 dairy cows underwent rumenocentesis, the clinical status of those animals was evaluated daily, and cows were slaughtered as well as pathologically--anatomically examined on day 7. During the observation period, the following pathological clinical signs were evident: forced inspiration (3 cows), transient episode of hyperthermia (2 cows), increased tension of the abdominal wall (8 cows) and positive foreign body tests (3 cows). One cow had to be culled on day 7 because of severe generalised septic peritonitis spreading from the site of rumenocentesis. At slaughter, hematoma formation in the area of the puncture site was found in 9 out of 10 cows. It was concluded that the severe complications encountered with this technique do not legitimate rumenocentesis as a routine procedure for collection of rumen juice samples in cows under Swiss conditions. The correlation between the pH reference method and the commercial indicator paper was the high (r = 0.926).

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants

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Kaufmann, Thomas; Steiner, Adrian and Kirchhofer, Marc Peter


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








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