Author(s): Clark P, Swenson CL, Osborne CA, Ulrich LK
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Abstract As part of a routine health evaluation of an 8-month-old female Nubian goat, serum biochemical analyses and urinalysis were performed. Most serum biochemical values including concentrations of blood calcium and indicators of urinary system dysfunction, such as blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and phosphorous concentrations, were within reference ranges. An aliquot of voided urine was hypersthenuric and acidic and contained numerous typical cuboidal-bipyramidal calcium oxalate dihydrate crystals and unique rectangular parallelepiped crystals that were confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis as being of calcium oxalate dihydrate composition. We hypothesize that the calcium oxalate crystals resulted from a diet containing calcium and oxalic acid. Treatment was not administered, and the goat remained healthy during the ensuing year.
This article was published in J Am Vet Med Assoc
and referenced in Journal of Veterinary Science & Technology