Magnesium has many important roles in the body and is involved in calcium metabolism. There are no reserves of magnesium in the body so normal functioning is dependent on dietary intake. Hypomagnesaemia, commonly known as grass staggers, occurs most commonly in adult cows that are lactating heavily and grazing on lush grass pastures. It can also occur in ewes in late pregnancy due to poor nutrition.
Grass staggers are not just restricted to the first few days of lactation. As with all metabolic conditions, it is important to act fast. Contact Franklin Vets immediately if you notice the following signs:
Response to treatment can be variable. Contact your veterinarian as soon as you suspect grass staggers. Magnesium solutions must only be administered under the skin. Many cases will require calcium treatment as well.