Docking a Lamb's "injured" tail.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by SilkiesForEver, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a little ram who's mother died, so now I am bottle feeding it. It is a Dorper, so we don't dock our lamb's tails, normally. However, this little lamb has had his tail "chewed". Something chewed it down to only about 2-3 inches left of tail. The tail muscle is still attached, but is dry and a little shriveled.
    I will post pictures soon.

    My question is: Should I dock his tail? He is about 3 days old, so around the age to do it. Would it be better than leaving the end of the tail on?
     
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  2. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are some pictures.

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  3. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I would just go ahead and do a clean dock to prevent infection from setting in on the damaged portion.
     
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  4. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks. I think I will go ahead and do it.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd not go any shorter as long as it's not showing signs of infection
     
  6. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    So you think I should leave it?
    I'm worried about docking it (haven't yet, still need to make the trip to the feedstore) since it would be docked close to the bone. Is that normal?
     
  7. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I didn't realize it would be that close to bone. If that is the case, you can leave it. Keep a close eye for infection and give a shot of antibiotics if you are worried. Hopefully the dried up portion will just fall off on its own.
     
  8. WallabyOfChaos

    WallabyOfChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is considered acceptable to dock up to the caudal folds of the tail. They still have about a 2 to 3 inch nub when they are fully grown, which is plenty to keep their sensitive parts covered.

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    If he were mine, I would dock him if he had enough tail left to do so. Regardless of whether you dock him or not I think he could use a tetanus shot if you haven't given one already.
     
  9. ScottnLydia

    ScottnLydia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have to agree with Wallaby, although I would consider surgical removal. I'm really concerned that the exposed stump of spinal cord is an avenue for infection, and infection of the spinal cord can be disastrous.

    Just my opinion. Good luck!
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: At the most, I'd trim off only the dead tissue at the very end , but without reopening the wound, and just give some antibiotics and a Tetanus booster
    2-3" is already as short as I'd want it to be.

    If there's no discharge or foul odor, it's already healing
     

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