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Fosterlambfarm

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Muirkirk
foster lamb knee/leg problem
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:40:57 pm »
Iv got a young texel foster lamb among the others which was absolutely fine but developed a problem with its knees. Thought itwaa perhaps scald so trimmed its hoofs and sprayed but didnt do any good. Feeding absolutely great and brught eyed just struggling wuth its knees. Suggestions?
C mccrossan, foster lamb farm
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 12:46:36 am »
Can you define the problem a bit more? 

How old is the lamb?
Is it both knees?  (And I am assuming you mean the front legs?)
Is/are the joint(s) swollen?  Hot?

Any other info?
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Fosterlambfarm

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Muirkirk
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 09:32:18 am »
Both front legs knees seem a bit swollen. Ince its up walks very slow but struggles to get up itself
C mccrossan, foster lamb farm

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 10:15:05 am »
I suggest Joint Ill.  Speak to your vet about a/bs. 

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 11:29:30 am »
I was going to say joint ill too, we treat with 3 day course of pen&strep. Just make sure he's still drinking if he isn't moving around so much (more important if on an adlib feeder than bottle).

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 01:08:25 pm »
It's odd for it to be the same in both knees if it's joint ill - IME it's usually one joint more than another.

However, if the joint is swollen and feels hot, then antibiotics are the first thing to try.  If no improvement over a 3 day course, or continuing to deteriorate after the second day, then off to the vet, it may need steroids or something.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 01:35:16 pm »
No its perfectly normal for JI to be in more than one joint sadly

Pipsa

  • Joined Dec 2012
Re: foster lamb knee/leg problem
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 09:46:01 pm »
Foster lamb I had last year had a knee/leg problem - she got better after getting some antibiotics. Good luck!

 

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