[Jacob-list] Olivia update
hannah at knoxfarms.com
Thu Aug 28 08:54:51 EDT 2008
I'm new to Jacob sheep (I have a ram and a ewe), but I have had dairy
goats for the better half of my life. For the goats we use CDT, but still
have a very few (usually a weaker one) animals get clostridium. For those
goats we have an excellent 'cure' which was recommended by former NC state
vet and I'm sure it would work on a sheep. It is 10ml Clostridium
antitoxin (not toxoid) orally and 10ml subQ one time. Then treat the
animal with PenG for 5 days. Usually a couple of hours after the
antitoxin they are all rosey again!
I'm sorry you've been having trouble and I hope shes better for sure!
> Today Olivia has real pellets - still slightly soft, but close to normal.
> Monday she received her second round of Sustain (which is a time release
> sulfamethazine). I realized that I had underdosed on the kaolin (was
> using a dog dosage) on Sunday, so on Monday, she also got two doses of 4
> ounces each of Kaolin.
> Some of the suggestions I received privately were:
> whipworms, which do not always show up in a flotation fecal egg count -
> needs to be centrifuged, which we didn't do. Would have done that if the
> sustain didn't work.
> Clostridium was mentioned. Olivia is up to date on her shots, but
> clostridium could have caused the upset and was something I'd thought
> about. I've read that many undiagnosed ailments may be clostridium. I tend
> to think that the CDT is mostly for tetanus and need to be reminded that
> it protects against more than tetanus.
> Irritable bowel syndrome was jokingly suggested, but who knows - maybe
> sheep do get ibs.
> This has gone on with Olivia for over three weeks. No other sheep has
> exhibited anything except normal pellets. Olivia is "cured", but I still
> can't say for sure just what she had. Sometimes you just got to be
> satisfied with recovery :-)
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