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tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Hair loss on feet
« on: September 04, 2020, 04:35:02 pm »
I have a ram lamb that Iíve just noticed today has patches of hair loss on his lower legs. One other ram lamb has it on one leg. They are not showing signs of lameness.
Any ideas on what this is? I did think of CODD but the loss is above the coronary band and thereís no lameness. The other sheep in the field donít appear to be affected.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Hair loss on feet
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2020, 11:32:44 am »
Is the grass fairly long and wet ?

tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Hair loss on feet
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2020, 12:48:00 pm »
These are two of our own lambs born in March. The bottom photo is just the rear foot of the second lamb. Definitely something new, theyíre checked daily and I know I wouldíve seen this before had it been there.
Iíve looked and canít see any bug dirt in the area. Similarly Iíve walked the field and canít see anything organic that may have irritated them. Itís a clean field in the respect of pricklies, with literally three or four stinging nettles poking through the fence. The only recent addition was some willow branches we put in for them, whether they caught their feet on the twiggy bits? But seems unlikely? Grass is relatively well-grazed as theyíd been in there a couple of weeks or so no although itís been wet with the morning dew itís not what Iíd call long.
Iíve isolated them as a precaution. Blue sprayed initially but then washed all legs  in hibiscrub mix. Theyíre both happy enough, grazing etc. Havenít seen any foot chewing but obvs not watching them all day.
Checked the other rams and none of them have symptoms.
Will keep these two in the iso field and monitor. Wondered about sudocrem but wasnít sure if this would dry the skin out more?

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Hair loss on feet
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2020, 12:59:33 pm »
Have seen the same over winter when mud dries on their legs ,then when it comes off it takes the hair with it

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Hair loss on feet
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2020, 01:22:45 pm »
Have seen the same over winter when mud dries on their legs ,then when it comes off it takes the hair with it


It does look like mud fever. Sudocreme is good enough for babies bottoms!


I would remain mindful of mites though.

tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Hair loss on feet
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2020, 08:54:29 pm »
Ah! Looked up mud fever and that sounds feasible. It is slightly wet and therefore muddy so maybe theyíve frequented an area and got mud stuck on them. The hair was definitely rubbing off and it was a little scabby. Theyíre twins, and pal around together all the time, which may be why they have it and none of the others.
I usually think anything suitable for babies is okay for animals so will look at applying sudocrem tomorrow. Seems the chlorhexidine wash was the right way to go although I didnít dry them off afterwards. Today the areas look a lot less inflamed, and even less noticeable. Will pop the sudocrem on tomorrow and hopefully theyíll be back with the others in a couple of days.
Thanks as always!

 

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