Trip to the vet

As the title would suggest, this week saw my first trip to the local vet.

One of our lambs had been suffering with eye problems for a wee while now. The eyes were weeping and had the pupils had become cloudy, leading me to think the tup was suffering from pink eye or another similar conjunctivitis related issue and I had been treating it accordingly, with daily eye baths and doses of Orbenin eye ointment. As my treatment had failed to help clear things up, and it had begun to develop a nasty, red ulceration on the eyeball, I popped along to the vet for them to take a look.

It turned out the tup was suffering from Entropion, or to put it simply, the lamb had been born with inverted eyelids. I had checked for this when we first noticed the problem but had been deceived by what looked like eyelashes, but just turned out to be long hairs! Every day is a school day though and I was just glad that it was nothing more serious.

The vet injected some penicillin in to the tups eyelids to puff them up, which in turn helps to turn the eyelids back out and keep the eyelashes from rubbing the eyeball (the cause of the ulceration.) The vet said she was surprised just how far the eyelids were turned in, which had made it difficult for us to spot or turn out ourselves as we had with the few other cases we’ve suffered from, and gave him a wee jag of Alamycin to help combat any further infection.

Lamb suffering from entropion. You can see the puffy eye caused by the vets injection of penicillin.

Lamb suffering from entropion. You can see the puffy eye caused by the vets injection of penicillin.

We kept him in a small paddock with his mother and twin to help us keep an eye on him, which also made him far easier to catch and give a few more doses of Orbenin. After a few days, the penicillin had dispersed, leaving the eyelids back to normal, the weeping had subsided and the ulceration had already begun to improve so we were able to turn them back out with the others!

He’s now happily hopping about in the field, eating grass and piling on the pounds with the rest of them!

I have to say a big thank you to my girlfriend for continuous days of helping me to catch and wrestle with the lamb and for applying endless amounts of Orbenin, and to my parents who spent an afternoon of their Easter holiday keeping the lamb pinned down in the back of my Skoda Fabia on the way to and from the vets.

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