Head Tilt

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  1. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

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    I have a weaned three month old lamb that I noticed had a little head tilt to him today. Upon closer observation, his head was twitching almost like he had the hiccups but it was a head twitch. He is bright and alert and ate dinner with gusto. One eyelid looks a little droopy on just one side.

    I caught him, took his temp. ~ 104.5 so I gave Pen G, Dexamethasone, and Vit. B complex. The rest of the lambs in his bunch look fine.

    Any ideas? In hundreds of lambs over the years, I have never come across anything like this.
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    You did what I would have done. Sounds a little like the early stages of Listeria, could he have gotten some mouldy feed?
     

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    No mold in the grain as I mix it all myself.

    Our hay is in big round bales like every year and there are always bales with a little mold but we feed pretty liberally so they never seem to touch anything but the "prime" stuff! I was thinking listeriosis was from bad silage.
     
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    UPDATE: Today this ram lamb is looking normal. His head is straight and no twitching/jerking today. His eyelid that was drooping yesterday is back to normal. I will continue to treat with Pen G and B complex for a few more days. Still wish I knew for sure what it is . . .
     
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    Technically its any moldy feed but mostly moldy silage as I understand it. It still could have been and by acting quickly you prevented a serious problem.