Pregnancy Toxemia is commonly attributed to ketosis ... this is caused by a build up of ketones in response to the increased nutritional requirements of the pregnant doe caused by the late growth seen in fetuses. It is commonly seen in the last month of pregnancy, and, occasionally with a nursing doe. Symptoms can include a decreased appetite, depression, limping, and seperation from the herd.
Treatment is somewhat debated, but, most folk recommend the following approach ...
1. checking for any systemic conditions that could be causing the issue
2. Test for ketosis with a products such as KetoStix ... this is testing for ketones in the doe's urine
3. Inject 8-10 cc's of Vitamin B complex either IM or SQ depending on how much meat your doe has ... we do this if any of our pregnant does start to slow down
4. Make sure the doe has access to a good source of alfalfa and you may consider adding some sweet feed to add some sugars to their diet.
5. dose with Magic ... this is a mixture of molasses, corn oil and karo syrup ... you can add calcium gluconate and then something like gatorade to thin it out some ... this makes drenching easier
6. dose with Keto-gel ... this product can be purchased from stores such as Jeffers.com ... we typically give 50 to 100 cc's once a day
We experienced this first hand with one of our does ... Glory. With about 3 weeks left until her kidding date, we noticed she was walking with a limp and one of her front legs had noticeable swelling. She maintained her appetitite and showed no signs of depression or the "starry" gaze.
After some improvement with Glory, she delivered triplets 8 days premature ... unfortunately, we lost Glory and all of her kids. This was very difficult for us to endure and we miss Glory.