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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2016, 04:19:26 pm »
LA every two days - until she gets better (a lot better) or dies. Sorry timescale not exact with listeriosis. We had one case on Xmas day, but he was far too far gone to attempt AB's.

She may also not recover her sight, so be prepared to make that decision at some point.
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Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2016, 04:22:28 pm »
Ok, that's what I needed to know. Vet is good but he hasn't had time to call me back and so I've just been popping in to get jabs and doing it myself. Today she seems much better but is still grinding her teeth and not eating. She is drinking and having electrolytes in her water and her eyes seem to be twitching more which I think is good?!

Also - my other lambs, all doing really well, eating small handful of creep morning and evening and ad lib hay (I should add, none have been out to grass yet) but all look pot bellied, any ideas? Just worried at their funny shape!

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2016, 08:58:32 pm »
Ok, that's what I needed to know. Vet is good but he hasn't had time to call me back and so I've just been popping in to get jabs and doing it myself. Today she seems much better but is still grinding her teeth and not eating.

Also - my other lambs, all doing really well, eating small handful of creep morning and evening and ad lib hay (I should add, none have been out to grass yet) but all look pot bellied, any ideas? Just worried at their funny shape!
Grinding teeth means lots of pain - painkillers, electrolytes, bits and pieces from the hedgerow to tempt her appetite? 

I wonder if your other lambs are suffering from cocci, as bloat seems unlikely if they're not out on pasture?  Might be worth asking your vet about dosing with Vecoxan?

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2016, 10:08:27 pm »
She had a jab of painkillers lastnight, but like I said, she seems bright, but still obviously in pain grinding her teeth, just doesn't want to eat, only drinking.

If my other lambs were suffering from Cocci, wouldn't they be scouring? - I suppose I could take a faecal sample to the vets to get it tested, and like you said treat with Vecoxan if needed.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2016, 10:56:38 pm »
I am normally against using vecoxan as a preventative, but if your lambs still take the bottle and are inside it may be helpful. Cocci spreads easily in damp bedding and if they are as messy as my goatkids and spread all their pellets on the floor...

However bottle-lambs often are pot-bellied compared to the ones outside and on their dams, so if they are eating/drinking/pooing/peeing fine and are generally bright and alert you may be worrying about nothing.

If your lamb with listeriosis is not eating you need to make sure she gets energy from somewhere - how old is she?... also combivit injections are helpful for appetite.

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2016, 08:48:53 am »
Initially I was vague and said 8 weeks+, she's actually 10 weeks, was doing fine off the bottle until Wednesday. She seemed better during the day yesterday, and then last night she was back in the corner head down, grinding teeth - obviously in pain and discomfort and feeling sorry for herself  :(.


Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2016, 10:01:34 am »
TBH - it is very, very difficult to get sheep/goats back to full health from listeriosis... all you can do is persevere with the AB's and TLC if you feel you have a chance.  :fc:

Flunixin is a good painkiller/anti-inflammatory, would be helpful in your situation maybe?

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2016, 07:40:02 pm »
So this morning I went in and gave the lambs their creep as usual and she eventually got the hang of getting her head in the trough! She's also nibbled at a bit of hay and is drinking well. All in all a very big improvement, its always on the evening that she seems to be in pain as she starts grinding her teeth again and stands head down in between the others. Although the teeth grinding has significantly lessened so I'm hoping she is in less pain at least!

All in all, I don't think she is a lost cause yet, so I'm going to get more antibiotics if I can have them and more pain relief as needed, but fingers crossed we might be heading in the right direction?!  :) :fc:

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2016, 02:14:47 pm »
I went in to see the lambs as usual this morning and I now have another one doing exactly the same, although not quite as distressed.

All their feed is good, and their water is clean.

What can be causing this?! - I should add, they are due to go out in the field mid May. Are they lacking something?!  :(

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2016, 09:38:22 am »
You mention bottle feeding, being indoors, creep, hay etc. Sounds like a high intervention flock of lambs you've got there. What is their provenance?


Infections do spread like wild fire in those sort of surroundings no matter how clean and hygienic the living conditions are...... but if you are having to hand raise them then it would be very hard to do that in a field so it's the devil and the deep blue sea I guess.



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Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2016, 08:26:01 am »
I only have the 6 lambs.. All came to me Jan/Feb and have been fine up until a couple of weeks ago, apart from having Orf.

On thinking lastnight after walking in the field, although they are not on silage, it seems the hay was made from our field late, and there are mole hills, so I think it is likely that dirt pushed up by the moles has got into the hay and this is what must be causing the listeria, seems the only logical solution at this stage.

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2016, 10:46:20 am »
It doesn't have to be a feedstuff, many mammals carry it.  Hope bub fixes xx

BenBhoy

  • Joined Aug 2011
  • Nottinghamshire
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2016, 11:31:09 am »
Why can't they go out until may, lack of grass? I'd stop feeding that hay, buy some fresh. Ime listeriosis is most often the spoiled silage.

The longer indoors the more chance of picking up secondary infections. Can't you strip graze outside and still supplement with creep & hay?

Faye.Lear

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2016, 12:29:28 pm »
We had the same thinking Ben, got some new hay yesterday and stopped feeding the other stuff, grass has grown well over the last week so we are going to strip graze as you said, and will supplement them. :)

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: HELP! Lamb acting blind.
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2016, 01:49:59 pm »
If you put them in a large pen initially they'll soon learn to come to the bottle.  I like to get lambs outside asap - the environment is much healthier than in the shed - and bring them in only if the weather's atrocious (think Easter Sunday in these parts).

 

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