Seizure in lamb

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Seizure in lamb

Postby MDF Rich » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:42 pm

Hi

I went to the barn to do my nightly check and everything seemed normal. Ten minutes later I see a lamb flopping around beside the feeder. I thought the ewe might be stepping on him but she wasn't. He was acting like he was having a seizure or reaction to something. His eyes were twitching and he kicked non stop. He is 10 days old and had a full stomach. His mouth felt hot and he seemed to have trouble breathing. He is on a bucket with milk fed 3 times per day.

I also had a ewe die today that lambed 2 days ago with twins. Everything seemed good until yesterday when she went off feed. She seemed like she was paralyzed and could not set up. No mastitis or hard lambing, not sure about her temp. I am concerned they may be related. Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks
Rich
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Re: Seizure in lamb

Postby dhibbeln » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:34 pm

Rich,
I have no practical experience and can only offer the following to help with diagnosis and perhaps some direction..
regards. I'd think horses, not zebra's. see bolded for my best guess.
Dave H..

From my electronic copy of

SMALL RUMINANT CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY
SCOTT R.R. HASKELL, DVM, MPVM
THERESA A. ANTTILA, BVsc

Differential Differential List

CONVULSIONS
- Anthrax
- Brain tumor / abscess
- Developmental malformations
- Drugs
§ Intracarotid injection
§ Premature withdrawal of anti-convulsant medication
§ Theophylline
- Heat stroke
- Idiopathic epilepsy
- Infectious
§ Botulism
§ CNS parasite migration
§ Generalized sepsis
§ Meningitis / encephalitis
- Liver failure
- Metabolic
§ Hypernatremia


§ Hypocalcemia
§ Hypoglycemia


§ Hypomagnesemia
§ Hyponatremia
§ Metabolic acidosis
- Perinatal complications
§ Cerebral concussion
§ Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
§ Intracranial hemorrhage

SEIZURES
- Anthrax
- Brain tumor / abscess
- Developmental malformations
- Drugs
§ Intracarotid injection
§ Premature withdrawal of anti-convulsant medication
§ Theophylline
- Heat stroke
- Idiopathic epilepsy
- Infectious
§ Botulism
§ CNS parasite migration
§ Generalized sepsis
§ Meningitis / encephalitis
- Liver failure
- Metabolic
§ Hypernatremia

§ Hypocalcemia
§ Hypoglycemia


§ Hypomagnesemia
§ Hyponatremia

§ Metabolic acidosis-

Perinatal complications
§ Cerebral concussion
§ Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
§ Intracranial hemorrhage
- Polioencephalomalacia / thiamine deficiency
- Rabies
- Tetanus
- Toxins
§ Cyanide
§ Lead
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Re: Seizure in lamb

Postby denice » Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:14 pm

Rich,

My guess on the lamb would be Bloat. Are several lambs drinking at the bucket until all the milk is gone and you pick it up until next feeding? Or do you have cold milk out 24 - 7. I have used a bucket both ways. If you are useing the bucket instead of bottles and putting in enough milk for all the lambs then sometimes one lamb will drink faster and gets more than his share. If you are feeding this way you have to put lambs together who drink about the same speed so no one gets to much while others do not get enough. ALso any 'bottle lamb' here gets C/D vaccines more than those lambs on moms.

Not sure what to think about the ewe. Maybe something torn so she was bleeding, maybe a lamb still inside her, maybe nutritional???

Hope things go better

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