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verdifish

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • banffshire
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2016, 10:50:19 am »
This ewe is quite clearly " otherwise fit and well "
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Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2016, 08:42:17 pm »
How is it getting on?

FriesianLambs

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2016, 11:30:02 am »
She's doing great actually. I supported her front with a blanket and she really wanted to walk and did so. Very tired afterwards.
Yesterday she got up for her pellets and stood for a minute while I supported the leg.

Still gets vitamins daily and 2 more days of antibiotics. I'm thinking of making some sort of wheelchair so she can walk outside.


verdifish

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • banffshire
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2016, 01:47:31 pm »
She's doing great actually. I supported her front with a blanket and she really wanted to walk and did so. Very tired afterwards.
Yesterday she got up for her pellets and stood for a minute while I supported the leg.

Still gets vitamins daily and 2 more days of antibiotics. I'm thinking of making some sort of wheelchair so she can walk outside.

This is a wind up isn't it? 

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2016, 02:34:42 pm »
She's doing great actually. I supported her front with a blanket and she really wanted to walk and did so. Very tired afterwards. Yesterday she got up for her pellets and stood for a minute while I supported the leg.
Still gets vitamins daily and 2 more days of antibiotics. I'm thinking of making some sort of wheelchair so she can walk outside.
This is a wind up isn't it?
If it's not then I feel profoundly sorry for the ewe!

FriesianLambs

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2016, 09:48:28 am »
What have I done wrong now?

verdifish

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • banffshire
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2016, 10:42:17 am »
Has a vet been in attendance yet? 

shotblastuk

  • Joined May 2013
  • Proper Gloucestershire !!
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2016, 02:16:36 pm »
I always thought false teeth for sheep was a wind up until I saw it !!

FriesianLambs

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2016, 09:37:37 pm »
Ewe delivered today, but it looked weird, so I called the vet and turns out placenta was birthed first. First lamb was a big black ram, second a tiny black ewe and third a white ewe. The first took a breath but gave up and died, second was already gone and the third seemed to be the stronger but she also passed despite of colostrum and warmth and a loving mother.

The ewe is missing her babies but otherwise fine.

verdifish

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • banffshire
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2016, 11:27:47 pm »
Is she back on her feet? 

FriesianLambs

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2016, 01:13:55 pm »
Nope.

She's having a little trouble with the afterbirth. He gave her a shot of oxytocin yesterday but she might need another shot today. If she was walking I could've tied a knot in what's hanging out but not much point now.

She's also still eating and ruminating

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2016, 11:17:48 am »
It's usual to give antibiotics - Pen & Strep, for instance - to a ewe with retained afterbirth. 

Poor ol' girl, I hope she pulls through  :fc:
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

FriesianLambs

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2016, 07:58:29 pm »
He did give her penicillin as well and calcitat because he thought she had hypocalcemia.

I'm not sure what it is though, because she's still not getting up. She moves around on her front knees and sometimes get up a few seconds on one front leg(for food) but then lies down again.

Afterbirth came off by the way.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2016, 08:00:16 pm »
Glad she's passed the afterbirth  :relief:

What does the vet say about her legs/feet? 
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

FriesianLambs

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: 4 year old sheep knee problem
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2016, 10:14:51 pm »
Yeah me too but I don't think the lambs ever had a chance. Afterbirth looked very pale and messy. Like an infection. Which may have caused the placenta to come loose...

The vet only mentioned the hypocalcemia.


 

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