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Lamb wool loss on eyes and ears

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Sheep' started by Danner, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Aug 18, 2019
    Danner

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    I have a lamb that has lost wool on ears and around eyes. It has been fairly rapid (2-3 days). This lamb was recently treated 3 weeks ago for parasites due to anemia.Any ideas as to cause and treating? Thanks
     

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    Sheepshape

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    Ectoparasites are the most common cause....any other sheep affected? Ringworm, scab, lice most common causes.

    Anaemia itself can make animals a bit itchy at times, but it usually doesn't look like these discrete patches of wool loss. Take a close look to see if you can see lice/louse faeces. Skin scrapings will confirm scab (vet examines under the microscope). Ringworm usually has fairly discrete patches with a margin.
     
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    Danner

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    Thanks for the reply, Sheepshape. No other sheep affected. I did not see any lice poop. You might be right about the ringworm. I am going to isolate him and use a spray to see if it helps.