Sick Lamb-URGENT!

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  1. eieiomom

    eieiomom Well-Known Member

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    I would continue with the vitamin B daily as well as the type of antibitiotic you are treating him with, as long as there is continuing improvement.

    I am currently treating a lamb with white muscle disease symptoms too....

    Deb
     
  2. Ernie

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    Glad you got him back up to par. I don't usually see them recover once they've gone to the point where they can't stand.

    How much selenium did this animal end up getting total before he started to recover?
     
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    Well, he is still not 100% better, more like 70%. But doing much better! he had 2 2cc shots of selenium and we are mixing kelp, which is an herb that has selenium in it with his milk. So he is doing better. YAY!
     
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    Hey! I figured I'd update you on the lamb. He is doing so great! It took him forever to recover, but now he is doing amazing! Running around, etc. Just like a normal lamb.:clap::happy:
    We are so glad he is doing better! Thanks for all your help!
     
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    Wow, that's great that your lamb is recovering! Congrats!!! :goodjob:
     
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    Well, our lamb got sick again and ended up dying. Poor thing. we are all quite upset. He grew on us! We all miss him, but are glad for the 2mo. we had him.
     
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    I'm sorry you lost your little lamb. They can grow on you, especially if you have to really care for one that got sick. If he had a severe case of white muscle disease (thus the need for bo-se) that is probably why he was sick. Usually the muscle is in the legs that is affected and they can recover from that. Sometimes the muscle affected is the heart and they do not recover from that. They may improve, but will eventually die and usually sudden.

    Just remember all you learned and if you have another one get sick, you will know the signs before the lamb gets too bad. I always give bo-se immediately after birth.
     
  8. Babypig

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    My neighbours have a sick lamb. They had two, one passed away before they noticed it was ill. The other is quite ill thrift but still with us. Temp. is normal (38c) now but was at 40.1c. We are giving it regular fluids including hydrolite and honey water and he is eating a little of the hay and some grass but not much. He is moving around but he is not standing up on his front legs just crawling on his knees.
    I thought maybe he was dehydrated because it was so hot yesterday but it has been 24 hours now and he is still not standing up properly and seems quite weak.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. There is no vet in the area that will treat a lamb.

    Thank you.
     
  9. Bearfootfarm

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    Good advice above

    Vitamin B complex and Thiamine injections
    Selenium. Bo-se

    Keep it up the B12 and B complex, days after he is better. Don’t quit. Give every six hours or as Vet suggests and all you can do to help him along.

    He might benefit from a buddy obviously, long term anyhow.

    Sheep are herd animals, it’s their nature.

    Update and thanks for trying so much with him!
     
  12. odieclark

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    Oh gosh, so sorry you lost him. My heart breaks for you. We lost some goat kids, some due to deficiency at first as well. Selenium and Copper on the goats. I said, never again, if at all possible! It is heart breaking, to say the least!

    Keep in mind much of the US is Selenium deficient! So boosting selenium in your stock is so important!

    Carefully, the same is true in copper deficiency -GOATS need copper! Sheep and cattle, careful with the copper.

    Deficits can be deadly, and often in the young, you just can’t make up for the deficits.

    You sure tried, and the suggestions were very spot on. Know you did your best. I am sure he knew you cared about him!
     
  13. Babypig

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    Thank you.

    We have him on those vitamins. He is quite perky but still not standing on his front legs.

    We are keeping up fluids and just hoping he will recover. He is very sweet.

    Sorry for the delay in the update.

    Regards
     
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  14. Babypig

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    I forgot to tell you, we have a buddy in with him. She actually is very good and stays close to him.
     
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    Aww good work! A buddy helps! Hope the recovery continues! Your sticking with him and prompt interventions help!
     
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    Good Morning again from Australia.

    The little boy lamb is doing a bit better. He stood up today for the first time in a week!

    We are keeping up the Vitamin B12 and B complex and the selenium.

    Thank you for all the caring.
     
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    Thank you for the update.
    It's good to hear he's improving.
     
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    Glad to hear he's doing better. Hope he continues to improve!
     
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