What would cause sudden death in a bottle baby?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by MandyH, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    We have 3 bottle baby lambs that are about 3 1/2 weeks old. They are on Sav a lam and that's what they have been on since birth. They are bouncing around, playing, and VERY vocal. This morning when we went out to feed the biggest and oldest (by 3 days) was just laying in the yard dead. No visible signs of trauma, she didn't do a lot of kicking while she was laying there expiring, nothing, just dead. The other two are fine just as all 3 were when we went to bed last night. They have hay, feed pellets, and water available but still were drinking a good bit of milk while learning to nibble on their other food. THe only thing I noticed is that her tongue was slightly blue. I don't know if that's just from being dead awhile or a sign of something. The man we got them from said they had NOT had any shots, but we don't give ours any either. Any suggestions as to what may have caused this or what I need to do for the other 2 to prevent them from dying?
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Could it have had scours?
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    No she didn't. I forgot to add that to the original post, thought I had everything covered.
     
  4. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Sounds like Entero which can take them really fast...Thats why you need to give them CD/t shots when they are born. Sorry you lost her.
     
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  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thanks chatychick, that's what I was thinking also was the entero. The other two are 3 weeks old, when can I give them their cd/t shots, I got a bottle of it.
     
  6. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    You could give them antitoxin now...because the toxoid won't be effective for 10-14 days.

    So sorry for your loss!
     
  7. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thanks Kate. Since the mother's were not vaccinated prior to lambing, I was thinking it would be ok to go ahead and give it to them since they wouldn't already have the antibodies in their systems.
     
  8. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Yep you can give them the antitoxin now and their CD/T also at the same time... this way you cover your bases. I give CD/T at birth and then again at 3 weeks and then again at I believe 6 mths then they go on my schedule when every one gets theirs each year.
    There is a difference in the toxoid and antitoxin...I keep antitoxin here all the time as it sure will help when they are a little off and not feeling good. I give it by mouth if I think something is going on. It wont hurt them, most places dont carry the antitoxin, I order mine from Jeffers.
     
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  9. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    OK they got their cd/t, now what antitoxin am I looking for.
     
  10. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    I would go ahead and do both C & D and Tet antitoxin - that will give you about 10 days protection while the toxoid starts to do its thing...
     

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