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Lamb with hoof problem
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 Lamb with hoof problem in Sheep Chat! August 13, 2014, 06:28:21 PM
Hi All,
I'm after some advice, once again. Four weeks ago one of my Dorpers had twins and they both looked well.
However, four days in and one of the two lambs started limping badly, not putting any weight on one of the two front legs.
At the time I couldn't see anything wrong with its leg or foot, so I hoped that he would eventually get better on its on.
I monitored the young lamb and noticed that he has been drinking, growing, running and playing like any other happy lamb... but just on three legs.
Today, although he seemed to be putting a bit (still very little) of weight on the fourth leg, I managed to catch him to have another look at his leg/foot. I have noticed that one of the pads of the hoof in question has a cavity and I assume that this is the problem. Can anyone tell me what is this all about and if there is anything I can do to improve the poor lamb situation?

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  • « Last Edit: August 13, 2014, 06:44:49 PM by hobbyfarmer »


     Lamb with hoof problem in Sheep Chat! August 14, 2014, 07:10:21 PM
    Hi hobbyfarmer
    I've never seen anything like that in a newbie. Is there any heat in the leg just above the hoof? Or any discharge or moisture on the hoof? Usually if there is footrot or an infection there should be some heat or redness, which I can't see from your photos. May just be a birth defect that is growing out, hence the reason he is starting to put a bit of weight on it. No chance he had a stone or prickle which caused the cavity, and now it has fallen out leaving the space behind?
    If there is no heat/infection, and no sign the hoof is delaminating or coming away (again, can't see any of that from the photos) there is minimal you can do other than give it time and see if it doesn't grow out and heal by itself.
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     Lamb with hoof problem in Sheep Chat! August 15, 2014, 10:12:39 PM
    Thanks for your reply, dorpersheep.
    I thought of a birth defect as well but he didn’t start limping until four days after birth…
    I had a good look for signs of infection and I couldn't see any. If there was an infection it’s not there any longer.
    The good news is that he’s getting definitely better. I checked him out again today and, although is still limping, he’s putting a lot more weight on its foot and at this rate should be back to normal pretty soon.
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    * March 29, 2017, 10:11:22 AM
    Hi All, I am new to this forum & amazed to see amount of first-hand information available here. We are considering building a device/scanner so feet can be regularly tested for such infections. Any thoughts/ suggestions would be great. 
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