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Urinary sediment forms initially in the kidneys. It usually passes, via the ureter to the bladder. Fine sediment may pass harmlessly through the urethra, or may aggregate as larger particles (capable of obstructing the urethra), or as large stones (which remain in the bladder).  The risk of obstruction is greatest in young male lambs, especially castrates. Obstruction is rare in females, as the urethra is short and its diameter wider than in males.

The higher the P and Mg levels, the greater the risk.  Mg availability is high on cereal-based diets. P is high in cereals.  The use of ammonium chloride at a level of 0.5 percent of the total diet will help acidify the urine and prevent urinary calculi.

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