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Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:22:37 am »
So I've just come in from my rounds and found one of my lambs (shes 8+ weeks) is stumbling around as if she's become blind overnight!

Shes also got a very wet chin and seems a bit disorientated, not interested in her creep or hay offered.

What on earth can be wrong with her?!
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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 11:19:32 am »
Vet asap.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016, 11:21:37 am »
CCN or possibly listeriosis.

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2016, 04:25:16 pm »
Have been to vet, after two consults they are unsure but reckons either Cocci or Listeriosis.

She's had a dose of Antibiotics, Pain Killers and Anti inflammatories, so fingers crossed she starts to pick up, key is to keep her rehydrated for now.

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2016, 04:39:24 pm »
So my next question is, can Coccidiosis cause bloat? - She just looks like she has a big tummy, which the vet did pick up on, but didn't confirm whether that can be caused by Cocci.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2016, 05:20:54 pm »
Wet chin + bloated stomach = watery mouth.  Speak to your vet again. 

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2016, 05:34:17 pm »
He did mention watery mouth, but seems to think it could be this Cocci, I have to call in for a progress update in the morning anyway, she looks brighter already thank goodness, but will mention it again anyhow.

Thanks!

devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2016, 05:50:19 pm »
Wet chin + bloated stomach = watery mouth.  Speak to your vet again.

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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2016, 09:46:46 pm »
Wet chin + bloated stomach = watery mouth.  Speak to your vet again.

Can they get watery mouth at 8 weeks?  :o.  I've only ever seen it in the first week.
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Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2016, 11:01:34 pm »
Pneumonia.  I remember when our first Molly was diagnosed, she was a little dribbley, and it was pneumonia . 


I suppose the bloat could be a secondary to the bug.  Hope all goes well xx

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2016, 11:56:19 am »

Can they get watery mouth at 8 weeks?  :o.  I've only ever seen it in the first week.
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In older lambs the pH would normally be high enough to destroy the bacteria.  It's generally found in lambs under 36 hours old, but I believe E. coli can colonise the gut of older lambs, with broadly the same symptoms and result.

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2016, 12:18:23 pm »
Wishy washy pH can cause proliferation of bacteria.^^


Hope bub is a little better today x

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2016, 11:00:16 am »
So it looks like my little lamb could have Listeriosis, the vet has given her a big dose of antibiotics, and lots of painkillers.
My question now is...has anyone had experiences with this? What was the outcome? - She looks a little better after her second dose of antibiotics and pankillers but I don't want this to go on too long. If shes not going to get better I'd rather have her put to sleep than suffer.

Any input much appreciated as always.

Thanks!

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2016, 12:08:12 pm »
Difficult to get them back from listeriosis. A lot of it around due to wet, poor quality grass. Fingers crossed. Massive doses of AB's needed, also Combivit and painkillers.

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2016, 04:11:51 pm »
She's had two doses, one Wednesday, the other yesterday eve. How much more will she need?

 

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