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Old 02/16/12, 09:46 AM
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Last night everyone seemed fine. This morning I have one lamb that is acting weak on her hind end. She is actually holding up her back right leg. I thought maybe she just ended up on the bottom of the cuddle pile last night, so I brought her in and put her in a kennel. She's covered with a warm towel. 40 minutes later she is still the same way. No way to find out if she has a temp, but she's eating normal. Just seems wobbley/weak on the back.

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ETA: My son remembers one of the lambs getting their leg caught between mine and a board and was kicking alot. So maybe this is her?? Could she just be sore? Have pic and video coming.

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Old 02/16/12, 10:02 AM
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Do you have BO-SE and Nutridrench?

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Old 02/16/12, 10:06 AM
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http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v4...t=IMG_5550.mp4

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No nutridrench. (was planning to pick some up in town next time I go.)

And she's had her Bo-Se shot a couple of days ago.

As you can see, she seems bright eyed and alert. She watches me while I walk in the kitchen.

ETA: My son remembers one of the lambs getting their leg caught between mine and a board and was kicking alot. So maybe this is her?? Could she just be sore? Have pic and video coming.

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Old 02/16/12, 10:17 AM
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Definitely weak looking and not putting weight on right hind leg.

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Old 02/16/12, 10:18 AM
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Old 02/16/12, 10:36 AM
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To me it looks like the leg is injured. Does the lamb show any sign of pain as you feel the bones especially in the foot. I assume this is one of your bottle lambs that your brought home, right? I try to keep them outside, as warming and then chilling of the lamb is hard on them. I only bring in a lamb that has a cold mouth and will not suck.

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Old 02/16/12, 10:51 AM
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To me it looks like the leg is injured. Does the lamb show any sign of pain as you feel the bones especially in the foot. I assume this is one of your bottle lambs that your brought home, right? I try to keep them outside, as warming and then chilling of the lamb is hard on them. I only bring in a lamb that has a cold mouth and will not suck.
Nope. I can't find any sign of pain or an area that seems broken/swollen/heat. I will take her back outside if you don't think she needs to be inside.
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Can I give her a vit B shot? If so, what's the dosage?

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B complex should be fine to give. I would probably do 1 cc SQ in the front armpit.

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B complex should be fine to give. I would probably do 1 cc SQ in the front armpit.
Ok. I did a 1/2 cc. (after talking to the vet and before seeing this post) Should I give her the other 1/2 cc or just wait?

Also, hubby is picking up some nutridrench as we speak/type. How much should I give her? I just squirt it on her tongue?

She seems weaker now. Her ears are drooping a bit now. She can't stand, but mouth is warm (and she still has a sucking reflex.) She's due another bottle in about an hr. Do I offer her the bottle or just give her the nutri-drench or do I give both?

She's still in the house so I can keep an eye on her. Hate to take her out there and she dies and I'm not there.
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Do I offer her the bottle or just give her the nutri-drench or do I give both?
If she's weak feed her NOW, and give her both
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Candice,

It looks to me as though it could be a combination of injury and possibly other things going on, besides being way too cute !
How much is she getting to eat and how often and how much does she weigh ? How does she compare to the others and when she first came to you ?

What did the vet say, did they suggest a baby aspirin to help her be more comfortable from the pain ?
Just to clarify, did she get a Bose shot 2 days ago and how much and where (on her body), was it given ?

Personally, from the way it sounds, I would keep her protected inside for now.
But you need to do what feels right to you.

I would definitely feed her now, as added by Bearfoot !

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Old 02/16/12, 01:36 PM
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Candice,

It looks to me as though it could be a combination of injury and possibly other things going on, besides being way too cute !
How much is she getting to eat and how often and how much does she weigh ? No idea on her weight, but I can check it. She's eating appx 4-6 oz every 4 hours until today and I was upping their bottles to 8 oz every 5 hrs.

How does she compare to the others and when she first came to you ? No idea, she seemed like all the other lambs. Hard to tell them apart the first couple of days until I could get to know them.

What did the vet say, did they suggest a baby aspirin to help her be more comfortable from the pain ? Vet said to give her the vit b shot IM. No mention of baby asprin for pain. (and I don't have any. I do have banamine on hand though.)

Just to clarify, did she get a Bose shot 2 days ago and how much and where (on her body), was it given ? She was given 1/4 cc Bo-Se under the skin. No idea where as my husband did the shots. I think it was the neck area.

Personally, from the way it sounds, I would keep her protected inside for now.
But you need to do what feels right to you.

I would definitely feed her now, as added by Bearfoot !

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We got the nutri drench and I gave her a couple of squirts in her mouth. She didn't like it much and is now wearing some of it. (as am I) She ate her bottle (8 oz) with gusto.

She is still resting quietly in the kitchen. Though when I took my pups out, she was just a baa'ing away to them.
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She had a bowel movement, but so far has not urinated since maybe this morning before I brought her in the house. She still won't stand. Her head is up and she is alert.

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Old 02/16/12, 03:44 PM
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Hmm, how old is the lamb? And do you know if it got colostrum? I would try and take it's temperature, it should be 103.

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Old 02/16/12, 03:53 PM
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I cant offer much..just saying was a cute face she has..and hope she starts to improve for you.

It sounds more like an injury perhaps..but I am no expert.

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I would give her some more nutra -drench in an hr. If it were me. The lack of urine concerns me.

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What is her temperature?

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Old 02/16/12, 04:19 PM
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I don't have a thermometer. One of those things that I've been meaning to pick up and for one reason or another, haven't.

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I'd be feeding her more often too.
It's more natural for them to have small amounts more often, than large amounts so long apart

She needs all the energy she can get

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Old 02/16/12, 09:35 PM
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I have been feeding her smaller amounts, more often today. She's still alive and trying to fight the good fight. She still can't stand.

She is still taking a bottle pretty good and I gave her a bit more nutri drench and some antibiotics. Figured I don't have anything to lose at this point.

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Is it the legs that don't work, or her back? My friend had one break a leg and the vet fixed it right up. If she was stuck in something and injured, perhaps it's a pinched nerve?

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Old 02/17/12, 06:46 AM
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It's her legs. She was walking (although quite wobbly) early yesterday morning.

With no other ideas, I've been treating her like she has FKS. I was sure yesterday evening she was going to die so I didn't have much to lose.

I am happy to say as of 6:30 am she is still with us. She is such a little fighter! She urinated. And had a bowel movement since I last checked her and if I help her, she can stand. So it looks like we're making progress. When she drank her bottle this time she was trying to wag her tail a little bit.

A pic from this morning.

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Looks like you're giving it your all. Just remember that sometimes they don't make it, no matter WHAT you do.

I'd give her som electrolyte just for energy, but you'te doing great as it is.

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Sending lots of good karma for her. She's adorable btw.

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Your doing all you can and a great job BTW. She looks better, just kept feeding her and keeping her warm, she'll get her legs going soon.

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Thank you for the support. Last night, I was feeling a bit down. Wondering what I was thinking to believe I'd be able/capable to raise sheep (in general). All I could think was that I wasted my husband's money buying my little herd/flock of Katahdins and these bottle lambs. It's hard not to get down when you find you don't know the answers and your over your head and an animal's life relies on you.

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Looks like you're giving it your all. Just remember that sometimes they don't make it, no matter WHAT you do.

I'd give her som electrolyte just for energy, but you'te doing great as it is.
The only electrolytes I have on hand are Revitilyte Plus made by Goats Prefer. I checked the label and it doesn't say it contains copper but I was too scared to give it to her.

http://www.goatsprefer.com/electrolytes.htm

Do you think I could use it with her? Nvm...at the very bottom of the page it says it contains copper. Well, if we get to town today I'll pick some up.
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Thank you for the support. Last night, I was feeling a bit down. Wondering what I was thinking to believe I'd be able/capable to raise sheep (in general). All I could think was that I wasted my husband's money buying my little herd/flock of Katahdins and these bottle lambs. It's hard not to get down when you find you don't know the answers and your over your head and an animal's life relies on you.

We all go through this sweetie, learn from this experience, its really all you can do. It will make you a better shepherd. And proud when they make it and sad, but experinced if they dont.
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Old 02/17/12, 09:42 AM
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I think you are doing all that you can do. All that we would be able to do too. Maybe she got injured and it is going to take time.
I had one lamb have a heavy barn door slam on his leg. We strapped it up and helped him, and i expected problems, but at the end of the day he did great and it healed just fine. He was a freezer lamb so we had to think like that.

Don't get down. Experience is what gets us through it the next time if there is one, or to be able to help someone else.

She DOES look better. More alert and healthier. I would feed her more often too, and give her some nutri-drench twice a day just to boost her.

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