Unimix® is a product of research by the Mackinnon Project at the University of Melbourne's Veterinary Faculty. It helps prevent the occurrence of 'hypocalcaemia' (low blood calcium, or milk fever) in cows and sheep. It also prevents relapses in affected animals that have been treated with 'milk-fever' injections ('Calcigol' or '4-in-1').
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Unimix® is supplied as powder in 5 kg bags. When mixed with water it makes an oral drench suspension. The product contains a balanced amount of calcium and magnesium salts, namely dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, and magnesium oxide.
It is important that, when drenching affected animals, care is taken to avoid the suspension entering the animal's lungs.
DOSAGE: Mix 200 g (approx. 200 mL) in 500 mL water.
CATTLE - give 500 mL as a drench 1 day before calving, then every 12 hours for 1 or 2 days after calving.
SHEEP - give 50 mL as a drench when late pregnant ewes are yarded for shearing or crutching, especially ewes 4 years and older. These older ewes are more prone to developing hypocalcaemia.
Treatment may have to be repeated after 24 hours if relapses occur.