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I have a dorper sheep with swelling under bottom jaw and is

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I have a dorper sheep with swelling under bottom jaw and is very weak can you help
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP replied 6 years ago.
I just came online and saw your question.

My immediate thought is severe intestinal parasitism with low albumin and anemia. If you examine his gums and sclera (whites of his eyes) he may be very pale or white. Most common cause is H. contortus (Barber Pole Worm). Start with injectable ivermectin orally 1 cc/50 pounds. May not work. Could try Panacur at twice the horse dose for five days in a row. Or, levamasol or cydectin. Need to check other animals.

If severely anemic, he may need a blood transfusion. Fluid therapy, B Vitamins and iron are also indicated.

We are seeing more resistant worms, so even if you use a routine deworming protocol, you may have a resistant infection that may be hard to treat/prevent. We see cases that have low fecal counts immediately after deworming, but still have a large number of worms. The deworming stresses the worms enough so that egg counts drop, but the worms survive.

Other than that, consider CAE, copper toxicity, trauma, ruptured salivary gland or duct, or abscess, foreign body, or tumor. Liver flukes, avocado toxicity, possibly other plant toxicity depending on where you live. If not parasites, a thorough exam and aspirate of the affected area and possibly bloodwork should help diagnose.

I hope this was helpful. Best luck, and please let me know if I can help with anything else.
Sincerely,
Laura Devlin
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