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Julie

Sheep with broken horn

One of my ewe lambs has lost a horn - it hasn't just broken a piece off but has ripped the whole outer section of the horn right off exposing a very sore-looking core. There are pools of blood everywhere... I have sprayed the exposed section with Terramycin and have given the lamb a shot of Clamoxyl. What will happen to this horn - will it regrow at all or is she destined to be permanently one-horned?

2/8/07

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Martina Stuart

You appear to have done everything right so far. Yes it will grow back but will be somewhat distorted. The bleeding will stop and the best way to help that is to disturb it and stress the sheep as little as possible for the next 12 hours. The big problem over the next few days will be keeping the flies off it. Do the whole flock with vetrazin or click or similar and apply it very carefully around but not on the sensitive laminae or the horn core.
Summer fly cream or similar can be applied regularly to the horn bud but try to disturb it as little as possible.
I do not think you stand much chance of applying any dressing or bandage that is likely to be of any use buy no harm in experimenting. I assume it is one of your small breeds so how about having a go at putting a 20 ml syringe case over the horn bud and sticking it to the hair of the head with superglu. Apply the glue around the edge or the syringe case which may need shaping so that it sits at the right angle to the head with as litle contact with the horn as possible. You may need to put it with one other companion as in the flock situation the others may attack it. Please let me know if it works. I will not be offended if it does not. If it looks promising put a few tiny holes in it with a 21g needle to allow it to breath but not allow the flies in.
Good luck. I hope you have had a succesful lambing and avoided the floods.

2/8/07

Julie

I loved your idea of the syringe case BUT the remaing horn stump was just a bit too curved for it to fit.... There is now evidence of new horn growth and she seems absolutely fine in herself - I am hoping that she is now well on the way to recovery.
I am now hoarding empty syringe cases etc just in case we think of another first-aid use for them :-)

19/8/07

Martina Stuart

They come in handy for protecting tail woounds. Didn't think about the horns being curly. (back to ther drawing board !)

19/8/07

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