grass staggers

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grass staggers

occurs in adult sheep and cattle as a result of hypomagnesemia. Lush pasture grasses are not balanced in the Ca:Mg ratio and especially if females are lactating, it can lead to acute onset of severe signs, such as tetany or convulsions.
Synonym(s): grass tetany
[gras stag'ĕrz]


plant members of the family Poaceae (Gramineae).

grass chinkerinchee
grass disease
see grass sickness.
eating grass
is commonly seen in dogs and cats, sometimes associated with gastrointestinal disease, but more often an innocuous habit. May be a cause or a means of easy vomiting when the stomach is empty.
elephant grass
see pennisetumpurpureum.
grass founder
grass nematode
grass pea
grass seed abscess
a common lesion in cattle in summer when grazing dry, native grasses with serrated awns. Lesions occur on the sides of the face and in the parotid area. They are cold abscesses, slow-growing, firm, painless and without heat. They rarely rupture and cause little inconvenience. Their importance is the need to differentiate them from actinomycosis of the jaw.
grass seed awns
see awn.
grass seed nematode poisoning
grass sickness
a dysautonomia of horses; a noninfectious disease of unknown etiology characterized by drooling of saliva from the nostrils, alimentary tract stasis, small hard feces and severe mental depression. The outcome is always fatal. There is a diagnostic degenerative lesion in the sympathetic ganglia.
grass staggers
grass tetany
grass vetchling


incoordination of any kind, including a tendency to fall, and recumbency if harassed.

blind staggers
incoordination, aimless wandering as in liver encephalopathy, carbohydrate engorgement.
grass staggers
paspalum staggers
ryegrass staggers
see ryegrass staggers.