Foot Rot The foot of the leg that the lamb is limping on should be inspected and trimmed. If it is moist and has an extremely bad odor, it may be footrot, a very contagious disease caused by bacteria. The loose part of the foot should be carefully trimmed and…
Limping can be caused by injury or infection.  Infection can be located in the hoof or the joints. Infection in the joints is called arthritis.  Infection in the hoof can be several things.  Footrot, or foot abscess are two foot diseases. First determine which leg the lamb is limping on.…
Clell V. Bagley, DVM, Extension Veterinarian Utah State University, Logan UT 84322-5600 July 1997 AH/Sheep/12 Lambing season is a busy time and a critical step toward a productive year. The first rule is for frequent observation of ewes due to lamb. Extra help during this season will usually more than…
Coughing and snotty noses are diseases of the upper respiratory system. Pneumonia is a disease of the lower respiratory system. Although snotty noses and coughing can also be present when an animal had pneumonia, they usually aren’t a sign of pneumonia. Signs of pneumonia are droopiness, rapid breathing, and lack…
Polio, polioencephalomalacia, is a disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine and is seen most commonly in lambs on high grain diets. The first sign of the disease is blindness. If your lamb bumps into things that it ordinarily would see and avoid, he may be showing signs of blindness.…
The lamb will be reluctant to get up and move around.  It may act stiff.  If you force it to move around, it will gradually become less lame and stiff.  If you watch it closely, it will seem to limp on one leg and then another.  Its temperature will be…
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