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davet

  • Joined Sep 2016
Sheep knee
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:39:22 am »
Spotted ewe lamb limping, nothing obvious in her hooves, daughter insists one leg feels hotter than the other (infectionwise) but not entirely convinced I could feel a difference myself, so not incontrovertibly hotter.

This patch on her knee (the lamb's, not the daughter's) though:

https://imgur.com/pN3RdsW

Rubbed patch?  Bit of a lesion?  With some flakey bit of skin around it.  Sprayed all her feet and that knee blue for now. 

She's in the barn for now with another sheep for company.

Crovected yesterday.
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bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Sheep knee
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 12:14:09 pm »
I wouldn't worry about it, lost of mine have bare knees or a rubbed/thicker skin on their knees from getting up and down on them. If the ewe is still lame in a couple of days I'd take a closer look at her feet, check along the white line for cavities and clean them out and spray. It might be something simple like she's banged herself.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: Sheep knee
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 12:36:39 pm »
Could be anything  sprain  / damaged joint / joint infection / scald / footrot hidden under the horn / stone and dirt down the side of the clee  / codd  all with slightly different treatment  . You don't say which foot , the picture might suggest that while grazing she goes down on her front knee for comfort . In the next day or two  more obvious signs may develop or  she may get better

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Sheep knee
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 11:56:08 am »
I wouldn't worry about it, lost of mine have bare knees or a rubbed/thicker skin on their knees from getting up and down on them. If the ewe is still lame in a couple of days I'd take a closer look at her feet, check along the white line for cavities and clean them out and spray. It might be something simple like she's banged herself.

I do usually give them a day or two to see if it rights itself, and it most usually does. 

However, lots of bare/rubbed knees would bother me, as it suggests a lot of grazing on knees.  It should be a very occasional occurrence that one sheep is grazing on its knees, and extremely rare for each individual sheep.
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