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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: zarzar on May 07, 2013, 08:33:05 pm

Title: Lame Lamb
Post by: zarzar on May 07, 2013, 08:33:05 pm
Hi we recently brought some orphan lambs and the chap gave us one who been lame for a few weeks there doesnt seem any pain or sores any where he believes she put her foot through a hurdle  and dislocated her shoulder but seems to be baffaling us all as doesnt respond at all she runs around on 3 legs and seems happy but im worried about her doing any further damage as will put toe down when still but lets it drag slighty hen moving.
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: SallyintNorth on May 08, 2013, 08:43:19 am
Chances are she'll come right in time - but if she doesn't then you wouldn't be able to put her in a trailer to send her off. 
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: Marches Farmer on May 08, 2013, 05:16:50 pm
We had one a couple of years ago that as soundly butted by a ewe and in a very poor way for a while but after a couple of doses of anti-inflammatory and a few weeks in the shed healed up very well.
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: zarzar on May 08, 2013, 09:27:39 pm
apparently she already had the anti infalmitries, and happen when she was about 2 weeks shes now roughly 6 weeks, if i can get her right id like to keep her as a lovely personality, just cant think what else it could be unless she damaged a nerve.
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: ZaktheLad on May 08, 2013, 09:38:58 pm
Do you think she may just be very severely bruised if she trapped it in a hurdle?  Lambs do bruise very easily and if she can put her toe on the floor when stood still it may well be that she will mend fine given time.  If her leg appears to just be hanging loose and floppy then it may well be broken.  Hope she comes right for you as she sounds a sweetie.
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: Alicenz on May 09, 2013, 10:26:50 am
The little five month old blind lamb i have was knocked by some larger lambs before I got her and  sounded similar.  The foot would roll under occassionally and make me feel sick but it wasnt broken. And she would lift the leg.The vet gave her some anti inflam and said it was most likely nerve damage to her back.   She now after a month or so, is alot better doesnt roll the foot under but occassionally still lifts it and walks a bit funny, but is fine, im just careful with her - keeping her away from rough sheep.  Its not arthritis from navel ill is it?  Antibiotics help this
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: zarzar on May 09, 2013, 03:24:14 pm
will see if can get her some antibiotics as got to go passed vets tomorrow she a lovely little lamb it just looks horrible hopefully she will come right as id like to keep her.
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: Alicenz on May 11, 2013, 03:03:10 pm
Great, Good luck. May be worth checking out more anti inflam too?
Title: Re: Lame Lamb
Post by: sh3ph3rd on May 11, 2013, 06:07:54 pm
There's two authors who write about getting lame animals back on their feet through diet, and one of them (can't remember which) surprised the vets by getting sheep back onto their feet after they had been walking on the ankles with all four feet. The changes were rapid, and only effected through diet. I've seen and dealt with sheep in this position, too, and diet can do amazing things. Anyway, the two authors are: Pat Coleby, and Juliette de Bairacli Levy. Highly recommend both books though one's more specific to Australia. The other's more specific to Europe. Probably not that relevant to your lamb since it's an injury most likely, but can be relevant for general help. Best wishes.