laurie etc Posted June 18, 2007 Report Share Posted June 18, 2007 Wierd - long - question - but I'm trying to avoid a costly vet bill for a sheep that is already on "the cull list". I've been reading and asking around, but I don't think this ewe has one of the "regular" problems. This 16 month old Katahdin ewe - first time lamber in early May- has 2 very healthy lambs at her side - and is producing lots of milk. She's slated to be culled because after an uneventful 4 1/2 months of pregnancy she decided to partially prolapse her vagina. Fixed that with a baling twine "harness" and stall confinement, and after a couple weeks, she delivered two large, healthy lambs. Thought our problems were over, but 12 hours later, she prolapsed her uterus. With the help of a knowledgeable friend, we replaced it, reapplied the baling twine, and started her on a 10 day course of antibiotics. She bounced back from near death, everything seemed relatively normal - appetite, elimination, etc. After a week or so I gradually reintroduced her to outdoor living. So far so good, other than she looked a little less thrifty than the rest, but with milking heavily and what she'd already been through, that didn't surprise me. About 10 days ago, while preparing to go out of town, I noticed her take a few strange steps behind. Ok - so maybe she was a bit lame, but she was staying with the flock, eating drinking, making lots of milk. I left my daughter in charge of everybody, but asked her to keep an eye on this ewe, especially. About 5 days ago, she called to tell me the ewe was severely ataxic behind, but otherwise was still getting around happily, albeit strangely. Still eating, drinking, taking care of her lambs. She just keeps falling down, and/or leaning on the other sheep or a fence for stability. I'm home from vacation now, and gotta say that the ewe's attitude is great, but she is getting thinner, even though she runs(stumbling) to eat in the morning; and is grazing, drinking, and caring for her lambs just fine. She is like a wobbler horse- no pain, just doesn't know where her back end is. No noticeable discharge, or other reason to thing this is related to the prolapse, but is it possible that a uterine infection could go to the spinal cord or brain? What else could this be? (By the way - All my other sheep are fine - 3 ewes with 5 other lambs, and 2 wethers). Also, if she does die, what's the youngest these lambs could be without having to supply milk replacer for them? I can build a creep feeder if necessary - they are grazing and eating lamb pellets/corn already. Lambs are just over 5 weeks now. thanks for any thoughts, Laurie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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