Perioperative ruminal pH changes in domestic sheep (Ovis aries) housed in a biomedical research setting.
Bambi H Jasmin, Ray C Boston, Rolf B Modesto, Thomas P Schaer
J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci | Published : 2011
Little information is available on normal ruminal pH values for domestic sheep (Ovis aries) housed in a research setting and fed a complete pelleted ration. Sheep maintained on pelleted diets undergoing surgical procedures often present with postoperative anorexia and rumen atony. To determine the relationship between diet and postoperative rumen acidosis and associated atony, we studied dietary effects on ruminal pH in an ovine surgical model. Sheep undergoing orthopedic surgical procedures were randomized into 2 diet groups. Group 1 (n = 6) was fed complete pelleted diet during the pre- and postoperative period, and group 2 (n = 6) was fed timothy grass hay exclusively throughout the study..View full abstract