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trefnantbach

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« on: May 31, 2011, 11:51:29 pm »
Going to check with the vet tomorrow morning but has any one got any thoughts?
Our second soay (mated with a charollais) lambed yesterday and produced twins. One seemed very small and premature and died after 24 hrs only weighed 1.6kg. The surviving one seems normal size for  a soay but unwilling to suckle even when I've clamped its mouth on the teat. Mum has plenty of milk so I've resorted to milking her into a 50ml syringe and carefully syringing it into the lambs mouth several times a day and she is gaining strength. This morning I noticed that lamb had produced yellow mustard-like poo. Tonight I noticed a hard fleshy lump where the lamb's anus should be. Could it be some sort of prolapse?

Hopewell

  • Joined Apr 2011
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 11:55:17 pm »
Certainly could be a prolapse, best to get it checked by your vet. If it is it is hopefully possible to put it back in and put in a temporary suture until the swelling goes down and it will then stay in place.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 12:24:42 am »
Are you sure it's fleshy and not a 'sticky bottom' where the yellow poo turns rock hard and is adherent to the wool?  This can occlude the anus and prevent anything getting by, but can be gently picked off and the wool trimmed with Swiss Army scissors.  When you do this stand well back as if there is a build-up of pressure liquid faeces will come out at speed. If you don't release it the lamb will die.
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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 07:35:39 am »
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Are you sure it's fleshy and not a 'sticky bottom' where the yellow poo turns rock hard and is adherent to the wool?  This can occlude the anus and prevent anything getting by, but can be gently picked off and the wool trimmed with Swiss Army scissors.  When you do this stand well back as if there is a build-up of pressure liquid faeces will come out at speed. If you don't release it the lamb will die.
That sounds likely to me - and as Fleecewife says, very important to sort it out - fast!

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 12:54:31 pm »
Sometimes lambs are born with no anus only a covering of skin which stretches as the lamb tries to poo, females can poo out of their vulva. The vet can make an anus but its always open as no muscles

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 05:40:48 pm »
Dying to know what the vet said  :o :o :o
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shearling

  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2011, 05:50:54 pm »
Dying to know what the vet said  :o :o :o

Me too!

trefnantbach

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011, 12:53:52 pm »
Took lamb to vet - most expensive bum wipe yet!!
but I've learnt from it if it happens again. Yes it was a lump of rock-hard poo! So hard, it polished and became shiny when I tried to wipe it myself. Vet took one look at it and pulled it off in one piece  10 + vat. He also suggested dusting the lamb's bum with talcum powder or some fine dry soil to stop it's tail sticking to the poo. Seems to have sorted its self out now - can't catch the blighter.

TheCaptain

  • Joined May 2010
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011, 12:59:27 pm »
I hate it when that happens!  I've just dagged a chicken - which is a new one for the books!

shrekfeet

  • Joined Sep 2008
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011, 02:22:07 pm »
goes to show then, despite what people say, you can in fact polish a turd

;-)


OhLaLa

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2011, 02:36:53 pm »
The queue in the vet must have been interesting - dog, cat, dog, lamb....   LAMB?

Your description is so vivid I can smell it. Fleecewifes' description is pretty vivid too....... will remember that when I pop the next fizz cork........

 :D

Glad all is well.

 :sheep:

TheCaptain

  • Joined May 2010
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2011, 04:13:07 pm »

 will remember that when I pop the next fizz cork........


That is the greatest way of describing it!  Uch!
 :D

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: what's wrong with the lamb's bum?
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2011, 06:10:48 pm »
goes to show then, despite what people say, you can in fact polish a turd

;-)



 ;D :D ;D :D :sheep:



I'm glad you got it sorted trefnantbach - and at least you noticed there was a problem and did something about it, which is how we all learn.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

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