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Age:3
Gender:Female
Breed:Jacob
Neutered:No
Vaccination History:Lamivac Heptavac
Fed On:Grazed
Kept:Grazing

Sudden Blindness, disorientation, dehydrated

Last Friday a 4 month lamb (good sized) had a kind of siezure, temperature, convulsions, head twisted back. Was given penicillin, VitB and metacam. Died in the night. Monday afternoon a 3 year old ewe showed signs of disorientation, but tues (this) morning was obviously blind. Vet came out and after an hour or so discussion and phone calls told me it is acorn poisoning. On friday I moved the sheep just in case to another field with no oaks, the field they had been in has a large oak but I'd not noticed any dropped acorns yet. In case it was pulpy kidney I vaccinated all lambs with lamivac first thing sat morning, tho it shouldnt have been as ewes heptavac'd. I research tonight and find blindness not noted under acorn poisoning. Or fits or disorientation. So now I'm confused and worried about the rest of the flock. HELP!

28/8/12

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Martina Stuart

sorry thought i had answered this yesterday. i would go for a clostridial problem so well done for vaccinating! or a meningitis (which needs antibiotics) or hypomagnesaemia (low blood magnesium levels) Have some n magnesium injection available (from farm shop) and if another starts give 50 to 100 ml SUB Cutaneously . NOT NOT NOT NEVER INTO THE VEIN
Acorns are toxic to sheep and do cause kidney damage ab constipation . I have not heard of them causing sudden onset blindness and /or sudden death

30/8/12

jacobs

I researched too and thought hypomagnesaemia, but my vet said no (staggers?) as too long after lambing? Now says its CCN so I'm giving a sub cut vit b and gave a depocillin yesterday. All the lambs had a jab of depocillin with the lamivac on sat but not the ewes as I was told the ewes didnt need it? The ewe is still blind but they suggested I give her 3 days on the Duphafral 7.5 mls per day and if no improvement take her to VLA. I'm also drenching her with electrolytes.
All the others ok at mo.
To be honest the vets dont really seem to know.Do you think I should provide a magnesuim suppliment too? and can you get that in a block rather than vaccinating them all again?
Thanks

30/8/12

Martina Stuart

the ewe will not get CCN More likely to be affected by a mineral or energy deficiency Blunderbuss treatment is corticosteroids and calcium mab nesium phosphorus and glucose by subcutaneous injection Glycerol (or twin lamb remedy) and leocud or similar by mouth

30/8/12

Martina Stuart

and oops sorry yes you can get high mag blocks and water supplements. Calcium and phosphorus can be stored in the body magnesium can not and needs to be supplemented at times of stress

30/8/12

jacobs

would that make her go blind?

1/9/12

Martina Stuart

can do yes

1/9/12

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