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Fluffy and Sheep Pregnancy Toxemia

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Fluffy and her son

I have noticed her being a bit off for a while but last night I found here putting her face to the wall and today she had her feet in the water. Time to take some serious action for the carbohydrate metabolism disturbance. I do not have anything on hand so I quickly made a mixture of molasses and corn syrup to give her some energy. She is not able to eat enough feed (energy) to meet the demands of their growing fetus(es).  I am thinking she might able having twins and she is my oldest ewe. Most of the fetal growth occurs during the last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy.

To prevent this problem with the other ewes I separated them today from the ram, wether and goat. They tend to be aggressive at feeding but do not need the extra nutrients. I began feeding them  grain to the ewes for extra protein.

With Fluffy I used a molasses/corn syrup mixed with water to thin out for dousing. After dousing I went to the local farm store but was only able to find an energy and electrolyte mix, and probios boluses.I  I  grounded up the probios bolus with aspirin mixed with some water and used a teaspoon to give to the ewe. Later I mixed one pint  energy and electrolyte. She seemed better and was not grinding her teeth too much. I am hoping for improvement but will try to find some nutidrench, dextrose and prop glycol in the morning to hopefully get her over this problem. And all was right in the world for now.

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  1. Toxemia in humans can be deadly! I hope your ewe will be OK soon.

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