Large Animal Veterinary

Ask a Large Animal Vet and Get Answers to Your Questions ASAP

Ask a Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Large Animal Veterinary

I have a 2 week old lamb who suddenly spiked a fever, muscle…

Customer Question
I have a 2...

I have a 2 week old lamb who suddenly spiked a fever, muscle stiffness, slow motor skills. All I have is Penicillin on hand.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the lamb's name?

Nicky

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Nicky?

She still wants to drink from the bottle, but will still air suckle after I remove the nipple. Like her brain slowed way down

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Large Animal Veterinary Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
1/7/2018
Large Animal Vet: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 22,277
Experience: As a veterinarian, I have been educated to treat all animals, big and small.
Verified

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

What is her temperature?

Any head pressing into things, circling in one direction, head tilting or seizures?

Any access to toxins or head trauma?

Any wounds (at the feet or elsewhere)?

Ask Your Own Large Animal Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
104.2. Slight head tilting butnI believe that's more due to the stiffness. She cannot get up on her own, but will stand and stiffly walk if I get her up. No wounds, her umbilical soght does not look red.
Large Animal Vet: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Hello again,

Now I am concerned about wee Nicky.

Her signs do raise a few concerns but the main ones are a bacterial meningitis, sepsis (bacteria in the blood stream), or possible tetanus (hopefully less likely with no signs of wounds). Therefore, we do need to be proactive here. We'd want to use the Penicillin now at a dose of 12,000 i.u. - 18,000 i.u. per kilogram of her weight daily. If there is any concern of tetanus here, then antitoxin would also be ideal to use here (though often cost prohibitive). As we do that we'd want to keep her feeding but do so with care as she may aspirate when nursing the bottle and therefore stomach tubing may be safer. As well, if she is recumbent, then we need to deeply bed her, turn her every 4-6 hours, and monitor her to avoid hypothermia. Finally, anti-inflammatories (ie Ketoprofen, Meloxicam, Flunixin) could be used here but at her age with great care (to avoid adverse issues like stomach ulceration).

Overall, her signs do raise a few concerns here and her prognosis is guarded. But we'd absolutely want to start the Penicillin now as it is a good broad spectrum for most of our worries here and will help us give her a chance here.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

******************************************************************************

I aim to provide best care for you just as I do for my own clients & their pets. If you have any other questions, please ask – I’m happy to help but please rate me with the **STARS** (or leave a written rating of 1-5; 5 being great) as this is the only way I am credited for my work by the site & this allows me to continue to help here. This is included in your question fee. Once you rate, your question will not close & you can still ask follow-up questions. Thank you. : )**

Ask Your Own Large Animal Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. B. Your Own Question
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 22,277
22,277 Satisfied Customers
Experience: As a veterinarian, I have been educated to treat all animals, big and small.

Dr. B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

CountryDoc

CountryDoc

Veterinarian

326 satisfied customers

Experienced mixed animal veterinarian

Dr. Darren

Dr. Darren

Large Animal Vet

60 satisfied customers

2008 Graduate; Experience in Cattle and Small Ruminant production and medicine

Pet Doc

Pet Doc

Veterinarian

4 satisfied customers

Veterinarian - BVSc

Dr. MD Stafford

Dr. MD Stafford

Veterinarian

250 satisfied customers

20 years mixed animal practice, fish health certified and experience with embryo transfer.

Dr. M.

Dr. M.

Veterinarian

133 satisfied customers

Board certified surgeon, lameness and advanced imaging expert with 9 years of experience.

Dan C., DVM

Dan C., DVM

Veterinarian

127 satisfied customers

Equine Practitioner. Owner of Mobile Equine/Large Animal Practice for 16 years.

Dr. Berry

Dr. Berry

Veterinarian

78 satisfied customers

26 years experience in small and large animal medicine and surgery.

< Previous | Next >

Related Large Animal Veterinary Questions
My 5 year old Nubian doe who recently kidded has gone off
Hi My 5 year old Nubian doe who recently kidded has gone off her feed and has labored breathing... the labored breathing started when we had a cold snap as has come and gone off and on.... I thought s… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
I have a year and a half old mini pig, he has been vomiting
I have a year and a half old mini pig, he has been vomiting only once a day, every couple of days, and only where he sleeps. What would cause this? … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
My goat seems to have diarhea -- smooth puddle. Also, she is
my goat seems to have diarhea -- smooth brown puddle. Also, she is not eating. She has two kids, about 2 months old. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
22,277 satisfied customers
How much oxytocin can be given to my beef cow to induce
How much oxytocin can be given to my beef cow to induce labor … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
Are potbelly pig (180 Ils) got his foot caught in a door and
Are potbelly pig (180 Ils) got his foot caught in a door and toor off his whole hoof nail It's bleeding a lot and just hanging. What do we do??????? Help … read more
Joan
Joan
Private
355 satisfied customers
She is slowly but surely itching excessively and causing
she is slowly but surely itching excessively and causing scabs. no oily spots or oder. we bathe her a few times a week. she is an inside pet but does play in the yard she is a mini pig … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
I have an older dairy cow who has chronic UTI symptoms, I
I have an older dairy cow who has chronic UTI symptoms, I was wondering what would be the beat antibiotic to use on her? … read more
Joan
Joan
Private
355 satisfied customers
My pigs eyes are running all the time. His eyes run all the
my pigs eyes are running all the time JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your pig? Customer: his eyes run all the time JA: Where does your pig seem to hurt? Customer: eyes JA: OK. What … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
22,277 satisfied customers
I have a 9 m0nth old male goat hes ben acting strange for
I have a 9 m0nth old male goat hes ben acting strange for the past couple days he seams to have pain he looks like he wants to vomit or poop but nothing comes out what should I do I think his is bloat… read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,979 satisfied customers
We have a small pots belly pig hes around 10months old
hi we have a small pots belly pig hes around 10months old weight about 25 lbs he was very feisty until last Monday when he became lethargic sleeping all the time not interested in food or anthing else… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
22,277 satisfied customers
She is a week old. Lethargic, ears down, doesn't seem to
She is a week old. Lethargic, ears down, doesn't seem to want to try to nurse, sounds raspy. Gave oxytetracycline yesterday - can we give penacilin today? … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
22,277 satisfied customers
Front leg got caught in his goat cost:( and he wakes up
Front leg got caught in his goat cost:( and he wakes up stiff. He will put at in leg. After a few minutes he will gradually walk on it. Eventually he is running and jumping on and off of benches with … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
I had a female boar goat that was having blood coming out of
hi i had a female boar goat that was having blood coming out of her anus. I took her to the vet Thursday and the vet gave her an antibiotic. He also sent me home with more antibiotic and worm medicine… read more
Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt
Associate Veterinarian
DVM
612 satisfied customers
I have a 10-mo old doe goat, not pregnant that I know of,
I have a 10-mo old doe goat, not pregnant that I know of, belly bloated but not firm....feels like a balloon. She has been down since last night. Hind legs not coordinated, shaky, cries when I move he… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
3 week old piglet constipated. Did have a prolapse but is
3 week old piglet constipated. Did have a prolapse but is now back in place … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
22,277 satisfied customers
We have lost several cows quite suddenly. The first sign is
We have lost several cows quite suddenly. The first sign is weight loss and then swelling under the neck. They die very quickly after that. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
22,277 satisfied customers
I have a baby goat that has diarrhea, sneezing and coughing.
I have a baby goat that has diarrhea, sneezing and coughing. What kind of medicine should I look for.… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
I HAVE A STEER WEIGHS APROX. 800LBS HE HAS DEVELOPED A
HI I HAVE A STEER WEIGHS APROX. 800LBS HE HAS DEVELOPED A SWELLING ON HIS NECK JUST BEHIND HIS RIGHT JAW ABOUT THE SIZE OF A LARGE GRAPEFRUIT , EATS OK ,NO PAIN, APEARS TO BE LIKE A BAG OF FLUID LIKE … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,402 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x