Tag: animal health

What You Can Do To Make Your Veterinarian’s Job Easier

Waiting For Veternarian

My veterinary practice is purely mobile at this point. I travel to peoples’ homes and farms to see their animals. This can go very smoothly, or it can be an exercise in frustration depending on what is going on. Some people call me for an appointment and are prepared for my arrival. Others think they…

Common Veterinary Abbreviations, Words and What They Mean

Filling A Syringe To Give Animal Injection

With every profession there seems to be a secret language or code spoken for the purpose of confusing everyone else. Veterinary medicine is no different with our alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations that we use as short hand. Usually I remember to ask my clients if they understand what I mean when I give…

Retained Placenta in Sheep & Goats – Treatment & Considerations

Shedding A Placenta

Normally after lambing or kidding, a ewe or nanny will expel the afterbirth or placenta within an hour or two. But sometimes the placenta can be stubborn about being released during the cleansing phase of lambing or kidding. In sheep and goats a placenta that does not evacuate the uterus after about 12 hours or…

Pick The Time Of Day When Lambs or Kids Are Born

A Group Of Pregnant Border Cheviot Ewes

Did you know that the way a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is managed can influence when she will lamb or kid, and how quickly she’ll lamb or kid? It’s true. The time of day that a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is fed can influence when she will lamb or kid and how quickly…

How To Care For Umbilical Cords In Newborn Livestock

A Newborn Kerry Calf

The vast majority of all farm animals come into the world healthy, strong and without the need for any human intervention. And for the most part Mother Nature does a pretty good job when given a fair chance. But with that said, there really is no such thing as a 100% guarantee when it comes…

How To Dock A Lamb’s Tail

Lambs With Newly Banded Tails

All lambs born on my farm get their tails docked. There are many different ways to accomplish tail docking and it varies by location, culture and tradition. Tail docking (shortening of the tail) is usually done in the United States to protect sheep against blowfly strike. Sometimes when young lambs or adult sheep are on…