Urolithiasis (stones in the urinary tract) is caused by an imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in the diet. Calcium in the diet should be 2.5 times more than phosphorus. Alfalfa hay is high in calcium and grains are high in phosphorus. When lambs are eating 3-4 lbs. Of grain per day and a pound or less of alfalfa, the phosphorus is too high for the amount of calcium. The excess phosphorus which is absorbed into the blood stream from the intestine, is thrown away in the urine. Unfortunately when the phosphorus gets too high in the urine, it forms crystals. The crystals have very sharp edges and look like tiny grains of sand. These bits of sand will pack into stones and plug up the tube that take the urine from the bladder to the outside (the urethra). Since this tube is much smaller in males than females, this disease is seen only in the wethers and rams.
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