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Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« on: March 31, 2015, 07:05:01 am »
A few days ago I saw a lamb off colour slightly breathing hard. Thought it was the start of pneumonia so jabbed with an antibiotic. Improved so was happy. Yesterday lethargic, tail clamped and back legs slightly wobbly so another jab.

This morning I found it laid out on her side. Legs very odd, fronts are very underneath and knuckling over slightly when trying to walk and back legs very wide set a bit like John Wayne!

Temp is 40.2.

Any ideas? What can I do?  Will call the vet when they open!

Dogwalker

  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 08:16:11 am »
Has she been feeding ok?



Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 08:26:25 am »
Yes. Ewe had twins but not a lot of milk so I took the biggest off. She was full of beans before hand

Dogwalker

  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2015, 08:31:18 am »
Odd. 

sorry no helpful suggestions. expect omeone more experienced will be along shortly.

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2015, 09:41:21 am »
Spoken to the vet and she suspects it's an odd form of joint ill.

Temp is a little high so long course of antibiotics and stomach tubing to keep fluids up

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
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Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2015, 10:58:33 am »
Will she take bottle at all?  We had one case three years ago and we were prescribed Synolux for it.   

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2015, 02:45:24 pm »
OH just went up and gave her a bottle which she drunk 300 ml.

Perhaps she has been lethargic due to dehydration.

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
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Re: two week old lamb suddenly weak in legs and lethargic
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2015, 03:15:57 pm »
Maybe so, do a skin pinch test.  Also how is her stance now, is she hunched at all or straight though the spine?


Like I've said on another thread a good stretch after nap time is a good thing to see, shows lamb is rested and comfortable.

 

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