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mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Fleece loss around ankles
« on: January 09, 2021, 03:59:32 pm »
Has anyone ever experienced a sheep losing fleece around ankles? The skin looks pink and a bit white powdery. She's limping too.
Could this be scald? Or mites?
If it's scald, can it spread to the other sheep?
Thank you for any thoughts

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2021, 07:00:31 pm »
Two things come to mind , in wet /muddy conditions  around forage feeders /water troughs you can get hair loss  or  CODD can have hair loss as  a symptom . If you can take pictures show /send them to your vet

mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 07:42:38 pm »
Thank you. Its dry where we are, but we've had some very hard frosts so wondered if lying on the cold ground could have caused it. I've not heard of CODD. Will research this now. Thanks

mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2021, 07:52:56 pm »
Just been reading about CODD!!! Sounds horrendous, I really hope it's not that  :-\

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 09:32:51 pm »
If youíre not sure what youíre dealing with get the vet to come look. A lot of foot conditions are contagious so could spread to your other sheep, and if a sheep is lame it needs treating.

mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2021, 10:00:47 pm »
Yes, I'm going to ring the vet Monday morning. We've had foot issues in the past and always dealt with using engemycin spray, never had loss of fleece around the ankles, so feeling quite worried. We've had a ram on loan, so maybe he bought something with him..... Never again!

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2021, 10:15:46 pm »
Oh no  :tired:  hope you get it sorted soon, hopefully just a touch of scald  :fc:

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2021, 11:53:56 pm »
If it's mites you'll see the animal chewing at the feet.  Usually lands up bare, flaky and sometimes little scabs where they've broken the skin.  Try smothering the entire area and about 2 inches above where the 'problem' stops with sudocrem (a good slathering of the stuff worked well into the skin).  If it is mites, this will smother them and promote healing.  It'll also help keep the "weather" out so if it's a form of rainscald it should help improve that too.  Pictures of the affected area would help though. 
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Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2021, 08:04:58 am »
If youíre not sure what youíre dealing with get the vet to come look. A lot of foot conditions are contagious so could spread to your other sheep, and if a sheep is lame it needs treating.

Take sheep to the vets .... MUCH cheaper.   
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twizzel

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Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2021, 08:09:30 am »
If youíre not sure what youíre dealing with get the vet to come look. A lot of foot conditions are contagious so could spread to your other sheep, and if a sheep is lame it needs treating.

Take sheep to the vets .... MUCH cheaper.


Some vets donít do this, I know our vets donít (they are reasonably priced though).

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Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2021, 08:13:02 am »
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Some vets donít do this, I know our vets donít (they are reasonably priced though).
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difference of over £50 here
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twizzel

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Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2021, 08:40:47 am »
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Some vets donít do this, I know our vets donít (they are reasonably priced though).


difference of over £50 here



Our vets donít charge a call out fee in office hours, just the time spent on the animal plus any drugs.

mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2021, 06:46:54 pm »
It is CODD! I'm gutted. I've been given alamycin la and engemycin spray. It's even spread to my goats. I feel so guilty and also terribly worried I'll never get rid of it.
I hired the ram off a very well known and highly respected breeder. Should I let her know?

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2021, 07:10:26 pm »
Re Goats - Please make sure you are not given Tilmicosin - which is Mycotil (spelling) - and fatal to goats, though ok for sheep. Just in case you find the Alamycin is not doing the trick and need to swap to different AB's.  Engemycin and Alamycin LA is good though, you may have to repeat the Alamycin more often for the goats than for sheep, different rates of metabolism.


Fingers crossed it works.




Have you brought any other sheep/goats onto your farm in the last year? If no, then the ram may well have introduced it... is he affected as well? If yes, definitely speak to the breeder.

twizzel

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Re: Fleece loss around ankles
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2021, 07:37:30 pm »
Re Goats - Please make sure you are not given Tilmicosin - which is Mycotil (spelling) - and fatal to goats, though ok for sheep. Just in case you find the Alamycin is not doing the trick and need to swap to different AB's.  Engemycin and Alamycin LA is good though, you may have to repeat the Alamycin more often for the goats than for sheep, different rates of metabolism.


Fingers crossed it works.




Have you brought any other sheep/goats onto your farm in the last year? If no, then the ram may well have introduced it... is he affected as well? If yes, definitely speak to the breeder.


Micotil is vet administration ONLY - so the OP should not have it in their med box! So hopefully the vet knows that it isnít suitable for goats.




 

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