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    Rattle Belly

    Due to keeping lambs inside, although most out now, we've got a few cases of rattle belly. I've given Spectam (had at birth as well, a week ago), and injected with 1/2ml Alamycin LA. Reading other threads, gently squirting soapy water or medicinal liquid paraffin up the backside to give the lambs the squits to empty it, helps, but never done it.

    Is it a good idea and if so how much do you squirt up the back passage? 10-20 ml? Do you repeat it or just a one-off? And if you use paraffin, do you dilute it? If you use soapy water, why soapy instead of just plain warm water?

    I put them in a warm box if bad, but is there anything else that can be done? Not sure I've managed to save one yet, but the ones that have died have been weedy ones anyhow.

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    Re: Rattle Belly

    Only a very small amount needed like 5ml max iirr only insert stomach tube 1 inch or so and inject very slowly as lamb is in discomfort, soapy rather than just water to help it lube out easily, but remember to give electrolytes to replace lost fluids , but trust your instinct just put a small amount up until you get an evacuation
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    Re: Rattle Belly

    Thanks Dave
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    Re: Rattle Belly

    I have found that an oxytet pill ( the type they give you for dogs and cats) and dioralyte ( the human stuff) plus putting them under a lamp/ infont of the wood burner never fails to bring them back. I only get a few a year, but it hasn't failed me yet even with lambs that looked beyond help.

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    Re: Rattle Belly

    Try Calpol as a painkiller and anti-endotoxin.
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    Re: Rattle Belly

    Quote Originally Posted by greysides View Post
    Try Calpol as a painkiller and anti-endotoxin.
    I'll give that a go, thanks. What sort of dose for small lamb?
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