Weak lamb

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  1. bknthesdle

    bknthesdle Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.

    Any ideas?

    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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  2. Our Little Farm

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    Do you have BO-SE and Nutridrench?
     

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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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    Definitely weak looking and not putting weight on right hind leg.
     
  5. LibertyWool

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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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    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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    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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    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 !

    Deb
     
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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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    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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    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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    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