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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: The Old Crofters on July 26, 2014, 10:18:28 am

Title: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: The Old Crofters on July 26, 2014, 10:18:28 am
We have a very flighty ewe which we couldn't catch to clip when we did the rest - result, she's been struck.  We've just caught her this morning, clipped and applied crovec (loads of maggots on the hindquarters) now she is obviously looking very sorry for herself - any suggestions for an immediate boost/tonic? Or anything else we could do to help?
Thanks
Title: Re: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: fsmnutter on July 26, 2014, 10:46:03 am
As it is likely that the skin has been broken, injectable antibiotics are useful, something like a Betamox LA, which gives you a couple of days of broad cover
Also an antibacterial/soothing cream/spray over the affected area would be worth a go.
I'd imagine it is rather painful so an injection of a meloxicam would also be nice.
Otherwise, usual TLC sort of things like vitamins - by injection or drench, nutrition (can use something like a twin lamb drench (which usually has vitamins in also), or tasty treats to get her eating well) and plenty water
Title: Re: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: The Old Crofters on July 26, 2014, 12:10:49 pm
Thanks, I've got some twin lamb drench and aeroclens antiseptic spray.  Wish me luck, I'm going in!
Title: Re: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on July 26, 2014, 06:45:32 pm
Good luck.
Title: Re: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: Hellybee on July 28, 2014, 12:02:51 am
Antibiotic spray, lick bucket, lovely sweet hay a little ivy and some friendly company, so you can keep an eye on her for  a bit hope she feels better soon x
Title: Re: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: Bramblecot on July 28, 2014, 12:53:32 pm
Treatment as above, then a trug full of prunings from young shoots to pick through - apple, hazel, willow, thornless rose, vines, raspberry leaf, mint, ivy, ash... :hugsheep:
Title: Re: Flystrike - any tonic/boost I can use?
Post by: The Old Crofters on August 01, 2014, 07:35:12 am
She has now recovered well and is back in with the rest of the flock.  Thanks for all the advice. :excited: