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Acornkaz

  • Joined Mar 2021
Ewe gone blind
« on: April 08, 2023, 08:17:36 am »
 Hi 👋 put ewes out with their lamb on Saturday by Wednesday one was not coming  for cake ??? Mmmm mastitis thought i so got her in the shed udder ok no milk but no hard lumps at all, it was obvious she could not see she had wedged herself under a hay rack in the shed I phoned vet, vet thought it was wired symptoms said defiantly not gid, did not think CNN but possibly listeria although could be either so now after all her medication she is a lot brighter is eating hay and cake chewing her cud has no milk for her lamb but still cannot see she has been like that since Wednesday now Saturday anyone have this before ? do you think her sight will return ? . She is a ryeland and I have trimmed her face so itís not wool thatís in her way, appreciate any advice at all

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Ewe gone blind
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2023, 09:42:35 am »
Why did the vet think not CNN? 

Hopefully she's had antibiotics and B-vits?  Maybe steroids too?  That cocktail will treat pretty much anything it's likely to be. 

We did have CNN on the moorland farm, and what you describe would be a fairly common instance of it.  As far as I can remember, all the ewes we treated recovered.  CNN is a neurological condition, but if it's something else, we found that sheep's eyes have tremendous regenerative capability (*), so :fc: for your ewe. 

(*) We had a ewe lost most of one eyeball to maggots.  She regrew that eye, looked exactly the same as the other eye.  Eventually she got some sight back in that eye too.
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Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Ewe gone blind
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2023, 02:07:48 pm »
I had a couple of ewes with 'pink eye', first I noticed was a ewe stood on her own, def blind. their eyes had gone opaque,
I think caused by sticking their heads into haylage, getting bits in their eyes.
Treated and both have regained their sight.
Could this be a possibility?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Ewe gone blind
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2023, 02:43:28 pm »


(*) We had a ewe lost most of one eyeball to maggots.  She regrew that eye, looked exactly the same as the other eye.  Eventually she got some sight back in that eye too.
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We had a ewe whose eyeball was frozen to the ground then pecked out by crows - that did NOT grow back  ;D
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Acornkaz

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Ewe gone blind
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2023, 07:52:42 pm »
Thanks all, sorry that should very CCN not CNN  ;D but I guess you knew what I meant, I think as ewe was not stargazing at all or throwing her head back the vet thought possibly listeria we had two calves with listeria about 10 yrs ago and they seemed to do ok in the end but it was a slow process, and at turn out time the one always ran up the field like they do and fell over it affected her balance but she was such a character and so happy in herself.

The ewe seems to be blinking today when I put my hand by her eye so thatís a good sign 🤞her sight will return soon

 

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