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    Lamb not thriving

    I am after a bit of advice. I have a 5 week old lamb (one of the first lambs born) that had joint ill a couple of weeks ago. I injected with Oxycomplex which cleared the injection, but she continued to limp (holding a back leg off the ground when she runs). The vet says that it is due to the underlying damage that will take some time to heal.

    But she is half the size of her sister and one of the smallest lambs out in the field. I am very tempted to bring her into the barn, get her on the milk bucket (with 3 others) and treat with the oxycomplex once a week or so to minimise the pain. I think she is not thriving because she can't keep up with her sister and mother.
    But i also know that bucket-fed lambs don't do as well as ewe-fed ones.

    So to remove or not to remove? It will be very little extra work, and not much extra cost, and i am also not dependent on lambs getting to sale weight this year as both breeding stock and meat animals are sold at 18mths+

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Bring her in. I picked up a couple of lambs that weren't keeping up with their siblings and going backwards fast at about 5 weeks old, and put them in with the pet lambs, purely on creep and good grass and 2 weeks later they look a million times better. No extra work, small cost but def worth it.

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Cheers, i will do that first thing.

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Oxycomplex is a daily injection. A course of it might help the lamb once you have it in and handy.
    History is a race between education and catastrophe.H. G. Wells.

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Quote Originally Posted by greysides View Post
    Oxycomplex is a daily injection. A course of it might help the lamb once you have it in and handy.
    It actually had a 4 day course in the field when it first started limping, and improved rapidly. Then it started to limp again...

    I have just brought her in and given her a jab now, and we will have to see how she does.

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    You might try a white injection but keep it into the lamb for a long time...... maybe 7 days, maybe 10.
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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Quote Originally Posted by greysides View Post
    You might try a white injection but keep it into the lamb for a long time...... maybe 7 days, maybe 10.
    White injection?

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    One of the penicillins, ampicillin/amoxycillin/synulox.
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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Ah, thanks. I hadn't heard that term before.

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Betamox LA, lasts 3 days IIRC? Would save daily jagging.

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Yes very important to do a full course of antibiotics ie a full 5 days of daily. Or use long acting if hard to do daily . Long acting takes longer to achieve full blood serum levels of the drug but lasts longer. So better to to use daily short acting antibiotics in cases like puemonia where you need a quick uptake. Or la for things like joint ill

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    Re: Lamb not thriving

    Vet told me Betamox LA and Betamox are exactly the same. To make it LA you give twice the dose. The Antibiotic's in the blood stream tail of when injected LA. So best to inject every day to give best cover. So no need to keep both types of Antibiotic in stock.

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