Monday, July 2, 2012

sheep medic: update

Looks like I did the job! Tess is standing, baaing, and in better shape than she was before. It was tetanus for certain, and you can read all about it and see photos of Maria,Tess, and jon's dog red if you click here!

6 Comments:

Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

So glad to hear that Tess is getting better ~ keep us updated on her progress.

July 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger kimberlesk said...

Congratulations on your success with Tess! I read about it on Jon's blog earlier. Way to go!!

July 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I'm so glad she'll be ok. And I love their blog. He is an amazing writer. Just pulls me right in there.

I hate to sound stupid, but how do sheep get tetinus?

July 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger PhotoRtst said...

Bless your heart Jenna for helping Maria with Tess!! So glad that you can recognize the problem so quickly and jump in to make the animals feel better! Happy that Jon and Maria have you as a friend!

July 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Kris, I am not a veterinarian or a medical expert of source in any way. Tetanus is what I assumed it was because Tess was acting exactly like my cotswold ewe was that my vet diagnosed with Tetanus when she evaluated her in person.

Since I didn't know if the cotswold was vaccinated Shelly (the vet) gave her a shot of anti-toxin and then heavy penicillin rounds and she recovered almost overnight!

When Tess seemed to be acting identical to that sheep, I told them I was pretty sure it was Tetanus too. Now, for all I know it was a haunted gall bladder or the vapors, but that was my guess based on my experience.

Jon and Maria didn't know if the sheep had been given a tetanus shot for it or not. Since that bacteria can be found in soil, exposure to rust or metal, and all sorts of other infections of that sort, it was likely she was in the very early stages. That was my best shot at helping them.

So I treated her the way I knew helped my sheep and it helped her. I am glad it did. So was Jon and Maria.

Here is information on Tetanus and sheep:

http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/sheep/8584.html

July 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Thanks, Jenna. I didn't vacinate any of my lambs this year. The 3 ram lambs will be for meat but I am keeping the 2 ewe lambs. You can see how big the boys are on my blog today. They are huge for just a little over 3 months. I'll check out the link so I will be more informed about this. Thanks.

July 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM  

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