[Jacob-list] My Wobbly Lamb
gotothewhip at aol.com
gotothewhip at aol.com
Fri Apr 24 21:06:43 EDT 2009
It was heartwrenching.? He was sent to CSU for Necropsy.? So farr, Gross Necropsy showed no abnormal findings..No Lesions on the brain,...NOTHING, ...We also send blood off to NYU for the Lysomal Storage study? No news yet... I have to know hte answer... We had him for 7 weeks going to work with us, and living in the house...
Moose Mtn Ranch
From: Linda <patchworkfibers at alltel.net>
To: gotothewhip at aol.com
Cc: jacob-list at jacobsheep.com
Sent: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 6:57 pm
Subject: Re: [Jacob-list] My Wobbly Lamb
That's rough - I'm sorry to hear it.
I've twice worked for weeks to save a lamb that didn't stand/walk. The first one went to the vet and had some tests run - not as extensive as you had done, though. The vet said his condition was probably the result of oxygen deprivation during birth.? He had a strong nursing reflex and nursed fine and did stand with help. I worked for two weeks to save him. Finally just gave up. Did it again a few years later for two weeks again with the same result. I'll never do it again for that period of time. It's just too heart breaking and I'm uncertain if a lamb that needs so much help to survive should. If I had the resources, I would do my best to find out what went wrong to satisfy my own curiosity and really respect that you spend the time and effort to find a reason.
The last time I had one that wasn't standing at two days old, after being sure it had nursed and doing all the usual survival tactics, I just had to dispatch it. It was sad, but better than working for two weeks and ending up at the same place.
gotothewhip at aol.com wrote:
Well, I think we are going to Euthanize him today.? He has gone down hill over the last few days, and significantly in the last 24 hours.? He now scoots his feet when he walks, does not pick them up, which increases the falls.? He is eating drinking and peeing like a champ, but I cant watch him go downhill like this.? Last week he was an active lamb with a peculiar way of going, and prone to a fall or two a day... now the falls are regular, as are the little fits following the fall.? The Copper Deficiency diagnosis isn't really a factor at this point, it is a quality of life.....
Registered Jacob Sheep
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