Hypocalcemia : CMPK Substitute for Treating Hypocalcemia~Sue Reith

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    CMPK Substitute for Treating Hypocalcemia
    By Sue Reith THANK YOU Sue.

    About three years ago I was asked for help by an owner in Canada whose
    goat was down with hypocalcemia, but whose vet insisted it was
    'pregnancy toxemia', and told her to treat for ketosis and if the doe
    was still alive in a few days he would come back and do a C-Section. At
    the time the doe was almost two weeks away from her due date. After
    telling me she had virtually NO access to CMPK there in Canada, this
    owner did the most amazing thing! She went to her local food supplement
    store and got a liquid product off the shelf called Liquid Cal-Mag plus
    vitamin D and phosphorus. This 250ml bottle cost ~ $2.95 Canadian, and a
    1 tablespoon (15ml) dose (just half of the 30ml dose of CMPK I recommend
    using every 2 hours to fix hypocalcemia) contained 600 mg calcium, 300
    mg magnesium (helps the calcium to be absorbed faster and more fully in
    the body) and 300mg phosphorus (without which calcium can't be freed up
    at all for the body to use).


    Her first step was to find out how much of each mineral in that whole
    500ml bottle is actually available to the patient in one 30cc dose of
    CMPK. To do this she made the following calculations:

    1 g (gram) =3D 1000mg (milligrams)

    1ml (milligram) =3D1cc (cubic centimeter, the measurement used on
    syringes)

    There are approximately sixteen (16) -30ml cc doses in a 500ml bottle of
    CMPK.

    So... Each - 30 ml dose of CMPK contains roughly 650 mg calcium; 500mg
    potassium; 150 mg phosphorus; and 96 mg magnesium...

    With that info in hand, she went to the oral supplements department at
    Walmart and found a product called Posture-D, a calcium replacement
    product in tablet form for humans. Checking the content of each tablet
    to see how it measured up to one CMPK dose, she found that: 1 tablet of
    this supplement, "Posture-D, contained 600 mg calcium, 266 mg
    phosphorus, and 50 mg magnesium. The magnesium content was a bit low,
    and there was no potassium (which is an essential part of the
    combination as it helps maintain a normal heartbeat level while
    replacing the calcium) so she set about correcting these 2 factors...

    Potassium is routinely available in most supplement departments in 500mg
    tablets, so she put one 500mg potassium tablet in with the Posture-D
    tablet to provide the 500mg of potassium found in each 30ml dose of
    CMPK...

    And because the Posture-D tablet was low on magnesium (it contained 50mg
    where a CMPK dose has ~100mg), she bought a bottle of 150mg magnesium
    capsules and put 1/3 capsule (50mg) with the Posture-D tablet to bring
    up the level of magnesium to the right level. I can buy magnesium in
    250mg tablets in my area in another brand... So when preparing this
    temporary CMPK substitute the amount of magnesium you add to the mixture
    will vary with the tablet strength you bought.

    I should point out that the doe she was treating (successfully, I hasten
    to add) had just freshened, so she was no longer being drained of
    calcium to provide for the unborn fetuses. This made treatment and
    recovery a little easier. She followed the CMPK regimen I recommend, 1
    dose every 2 hours until the doe is behaving normally again, and then 2
    doses daily thereafter, either until after she freshens if she's in late
    gestation, or until she's milking normally again if she's already in
    milk.

    (While I urge you to share this information with other individual goat owners, please do not reproduce the article for publication without my specific permission. Thank you. Sue Reith.)


    Sue Reith
    Carmelita Toggs
    Bainbridge Island WA
    suereith@msn.com