[Jacob-list] Chronic Diarrhea in Ram
patchworkfibers at windstream.net
Sat Jul 17 17:01:17 EDT 2010
I had a ewe with chronic diarrhea a few years back, very similar to what
you are saying. Almost to a firm stool at time, but never pellets. Saw
no sign of parasites in a fec, so took a sample to have the vet run a
fec. He agreed with my findings.
He suggested a bacterial infection and recommended Sustain Calf Boluses.
Worked right away and she never had another bout of diarrhea. I'm not a
vet and not recommending Sustain, but perhaps you might ask your vet's
Bill & Jeannette Joosse wrote:
> My 1 1/2 yr old ram has had chronic diarrhea since February. Several
> times, I have almost gotten it back to a firm stool, but not pellets.
> This is what I have tried so far.
> Vet fecal sample (Feb) - treated with Corid for over a month. This
> cleared up the coccidia. Plus I gave him ProBios twice a day. Stool
> firmed up but started going back to diarrhea after a 1 week, even
> though I was still giving him the ProBios.
> Vet fecal sample (Mar) - showed "Rhabditiform Larva 1 Seen" - he was
> given a double dose of Panacur. Plus I continue to give him ProBios.
> Still diarrhea.
> Vet recommended an anti-diarrhea medicine Imodium. I did this for a
> week along with ProBios. Had no effect on diarrhea. Later I read a U
> of Md website that stated never give an anti-diarrhea medicine to
> sheep as it interferes with the rumen's function.
> Since I have gone thru several bottles of Pepto- Bismol.
> Two treatments of Ivermectin
> One treatment of Valzaben.
> I tried these holistic medicines from Fir Meadow: GI Soother, Fresh
> Start and DWormMLL. No luck.
> The apple cider vinegar (1:1) with water as a drench didn't seem to
> have much help.
> I thought the problem might be a wet pasture, but that is now dry.
> I supplement with Central OR orchard grass and grass hay, so he would
> definitely have access to dry feed.
> I have worked diligently with my ram as he is very good nature and a
> beautiful 4-horn.
> His appetite is good and he appears in excellent health this whole time.
> I hate the thought of having him butchered, but cleaning up diarrhea
> everyday is getting old.
> And now with fly season, I have to tie him to a post and wash his
> backside every couple days (not a pleasant task for him or me) and use
> screw worm spray.
> I would greatly appreciate input into any other treatments that I have
> not tried.
> Thank you.
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