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  • Joined Nov 2010
Ewe lamb can't stand
« on: July 12, 2013, 12:13:31 am »
One of our ewe lambs is finding it hard to stand up when she is lying down she struggles to get any ideas cheers


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  • Cornwall
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Re: Ewe lamb can't stand
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2013, 12:42:00 am »
Check her feet; check her joints.
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Re: Ewe lamb can't stand
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013, 09:00:39 am »
I saw something similar at a farm I visited recently, the owner said it was joint ill, so the lamb was brought indoors for treatment - she was going to use something homeopathic, I don't know exactly what...not much help there, sorry Rare breed, free range.


  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Ewe lamb can't stand
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013, 10:05:29 am »
Hi there,

If there are no obvious injuries like a break or a knock, or an injury to her back, sore feet - scald ,broken or overlong nails can make them very sore  seemingly overnight. Scald can be fixed with antibiotic tetravet (?) blue spray. Scald looks like a paper cut between the two parts of the hoof.  Also mud gone hard can make their feet sore.

 If it is her joints antibiotics are worth a go, you may need to talk to your vet.  I have used ampicillan la (long acting)injection here in Nz for what i think you call joint ill and after a few days it gets significantly better.  Ussually you have to do it a couple times.  This would also help scald.  One of my sheep broke a nail  somehow yesterday, and she is very sore, i trimmed it so it wouldnt break further, she doesnt want to walk around.

If her feet and legs are fine, check she is not bloated as their legs can swell and be very sore with that - but i assume other then difficulty getting up, that she is fine? 

I have a large lamb who was injured by some other lambs when she was about 4 months.  She was lifting her back legs looking like joint ill but turned out to be a back injury.  The vet gave her anti inflam i think, or steroid inj cant remember exactly what, it helped a bit but she has a permanent odd walk.

Theres a few possibilities!  Good luck.  I hope it is just her hooves needing a trim :)

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Ewe lamb can't stand
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2013, 10:26:48 am »
Joint Ill gets my "most likely" vote too.  Take her to your vet.


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