So Monday our veterinarian called saying that the blood mineral analysis finally came back and was unremarkable. So he is thinking it is a toxic ingestion of some kind and wanted us to continue to supplement with hay pellets. Since I cannot supplement just 2 sheep with hay pellets and not the whole flock I kept them on the same pasture they were on thinking that since it was not overgrazed and they were getting the pellets too that they would be OK. Yesterday they became sick again. Patsy and Bambam are both holding up one front leg not putting any weight on it. They are laying around more than usual and not eating as readily as they should. The good news this time is that they are not as sick as last time, and we restarted all the same treatments as before when they recovered. I did not restart the penicillin this time though doubting that it is an infection. Tom and I have gone over that field multiple times and cannot find anything suspicious. Now I am wondering if it could be the grain so we bought new grain from a different company. But we have continued to have really wet weather so I do not know if that could play into this. Here’s the second page of the mineral results:
The only think I notice is that Bambam and Patsy both have low Zinc levels while Magner (the healthy lamb) has normal Zinc. Could that be contributing to this? I have had toxic zinc levels in the past because of Multimin but have never dealt with its deficiency. Any of you with experience with this? Any other ideas people have? Obviously these lambs will not go back on this pasture and will go back in with the flock once they have recovered without the hay pellets. The other sheep and goats (including kids) have been on this pasture without difficulty. Do I keep them there? Fortunately I have not had any other problems with any other animals or pastures. But I REALLY want to know what I am dealing with here.
PS: Yesterday was my 14th year sheepiversary. And I spent it worrying and torturing these 2 lambs with shots and drenches. I guess that is appropriate.
PPS: We will be at the Bow Little Market this afternoon from 1-6. Stop by if you are in the area.