Lamb Scours: help please!

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  1. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Nuts.

    I've got a late born ewe lamb who was doing surprisingly well, considering she was born in August, until this last bout of nasty weather. The sheep shed flooded (standing water), muck everywhere... and the little thing has the galloping trots. A sort of grayish green liquid poop.

    I hit her with Ivermectin (oral) and injected her with BoSe for a little boost, this usually clears it up in 24 hours. But it doesn't look like it is clearing.

    Suggestions anyone?

    Dang. This little thing is a pet.
     
  2. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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    Wormers dont do anything for scours. Try Pepto Bismol.
     

  3. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Seriously?

    Oh good lord. The dreaded Pink Stuff. My husband is going to freak. How much do you give a 40 pound lamb?
     
  4. Goatsandsheep

    Goatsandsheep Well-Known Member Supporter

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    garyish green color is a sign of infection like e-coli or something serious. I really can remember what it is, call your vet for meds you need something stong. No pepto you don't want the infection set in her gut. Good luck
     
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  7. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Thanks guys... the vet I call. Remind me not to make a pet out of another lamb...

    Crap.. if you know what I mean.
     
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    Goatsandsheep Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's hard to look at those little faces and not get sucked in. Hope everything works out for you.
     
  9. frazzlehead

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    I have a 'scours medicine' from the feed store, haven't had to use it yet (first year with sheep, no lambs yet!) but I figured it'd be good to have on hand.

    Glad I read this though, I'd not have known that green is worse than brown ....

    The things you learn on HT!
     
  10. Sue

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    I have had good luck using Albon (sulfadimethoxine) to stop the scours. It is an antibiotic and coccidiostat. Another good one is Spectam (pig label). Pipestone www.pipevet.com has an excellent article on dosages for sheep. Keep us posted.
     
  11. kesoaps

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    MC, how goes the battle?
     
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    Terry W Duchess of Cynicism

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    hmm, I just read where oral antibiotics will actually worsen or cause scouring.... so watch out how you dose the ctritter, as well.
     
  13. ShortSheep

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    Everytime we had scours, it was coccidiosis. When it happens, it is around the 10 week old mark.
    We clear it up with either Corid (pea sized ball of powder administered with a little Power Punch, for five days.) When I couldn't find Corid, I used liquid Sulmet.
     
  14. kesoaps

    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    Bones, is the powdered Corid more effective than the liquid version? I bought a couple lambs about a year and a half ago, only to have the breeder call me up two weeks later to tell me she'd just sent a sample off for testing and found she had extremely high cocci levels...I've struggled with it ever since! The Corid liquid didn't seem to help much, unfortunately.
     
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