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Ruth J

  • Joined Jan 2020
Disappearing ram horn
« on: September 07, 2021, 08:27:40 am »
Does anyone know what could be causing this deterioration to our ram's horn?
It's gradually been getting worse over the last few weeks and we're wondering whether it's best to have it cut off by a vet in case he knocks it off and it bleeds badly?
We've treated him for flystrike but we're wondering whether to put something like Stockholm tar on the horn.
Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
« Last Edit: September 07, 2021, 11:43:42 am by Ruth J »


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Disappearing ram horn
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2021, 12:49:10 pm »
It's hard to see from the pic whether the damage is coming from the inside or is external.  How old is he?  It looks as if he is an older animal from the thickness of the horn visible.
It could simply be that he's rubbing the horn against a wire or something like that, but equally there could be something going on inside.  Is there any smell if you sniff close to the horn?  Maggots can get inside, avoiding any fly strike treatment, to the core of the horn, or there could be an infection.  A sheep's horns are set into the skull so any damage can lead directly to the brain which is of course serious.

If you are unsure of what you are seeing, take him to the vets (so much cheaper than having a farm visit) and get a professional opinion.  There is only so much you can tell from a pic.
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