While I realize Goats are not your normal pets, they can be wonderful.
My question is on package nutrients; how closely related is ammonium cloride and cloline cloride?
Male goats especially wethers are suseptible to urinary calculi and am curious if the 2 chemicals are in close relation.
I am a Boer goat rancher and only raise fullbloods for show, pets and breeding. I like to stay on top of the latest in feed ingredients.
AMmonia chloride added to a diet will acidify the urine causing stones that precipite out in a alkaline urine to dissolve. The calculi that ammonium chloride is effective for are composed of phosphates, usually caused by an inappropriate dietary Calcium: phosphorus ratio (normal is 2.5:1). Excess grain in the diet and a low intake of calcium . Other types of calculi taht will not respond to ammonium chloride are oxalates and silicates Salt can be added to the ratio at 60 to 100 gm/head/day this is added gradually to the ration and fresh water must be available at all times