Tuesday 3 April 2012

Back from the dead

Last week was balmy, 20C plus. Then last night we had wind sleet, rain and snow; the worst possible weather for young lambs, they soon become hypothermic.  After breakfast today Nan, a neighbour who has ewes in the field next to ours, arrived at the back door with a lifeless , cold lamb that couldn't hold its head up. It needed treatment and intensive care.

09.30am after glucose injection
 We gave it a glucose injection then dried it off, wrapped it in a blanket with a hot water bottle and put it in front of the Rayburn.Next when it looked a bit stronger I put in a stomach tube and fed it some milk.  It was  still shivering, but had a 50/50 chance of surviving. It cetainly wouldn't have lasted long out in the field.

He  had 25ml glucose then two 50ml feeds of milk with the tube by 11.00am. As I had nothing better to do, it seems  I'd  been left to look after him for the rest of the morning.

12.00am Recovered and peeing on the floor

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