Sunday, March 3, 2013

One Sick Lamb

















Yesterday I noticed the bigger of Barley's two ram lambs was not looking good.  He was lethargic and hunched looking.  I thought he wasn't getting enough to eat, since Barley doesn't seem to be great at standing still to let the lambs nurse.  I milked her out and fed him a few ounces of milk by bottle a few times that day, and hoped he just needed more groceries and he'd perk back up.  He didn't have a fever, and I gave him an enema just in case he was constipated and not wanting to eat.  This morning I went out to feed and he was much worse. I took his temperature and it was very low, only 97.7 (normal sheep temp is 101-103*F).  I first put him under a heat lamp, but then after talking to my almost-vet friend decided he'd be better off in the house since he was hypothermic at that point. 

I brought him in and put him under the heating pad, and tube fed him a sugar water (using Karo syrup) solution.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any dextrose solution or lactated ringers.  David happened to be in town, so he picked up some pedialyte for me, and I've since tub fed him a few more times with a pedialyte/sugar solution.  I gave him some vitamin B complex and a dose of antibiotics, since his temperature spiked to around 103 today.  He's not able to keep a steady temperature, so I'm having to use the heating pad now and then to keep him at a good temp. 

I'm hoping he'll perk back up and survive, but I'm not too sure he will.  I'm doing all I can though, so hopefully it's enough.  If he makes it through the night I'll pick up some dextrose solution and lactated ringers tomorrow.  Cross your fingers for him!

3 comments:

Becky said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry he's sick! I hope he makes it! Let me know how he's doing.

Mary Ann said...

Good for you for trying so hard to help him! Poor little thing.

Momma/Deb said...

Oh Katie...........I am so very sorry. I know you must be so upset hon. Love you, Momma

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