Sheep eye problem

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Orkneyboy, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Blod

    Blod Member

    Location:
    E Carmarthenshire
    For the really bad ones I would inject the inner eyelid with a LA antibiotic and anti inflammatory. Get someone to show you how the first time. You soon get the hang of it and it's a whole lot more effective.
     
  2. ilovebalingtoo

    Location:
    somerset
    Hello all. my ewes have just started getting this cloudy eye problem, vet says alamycin is the answer got one in and have been putting dry cow tubes in the eyes for two days now. @Romney SE you say once treated it clears up quick? what were you treating them with?
    @Orkneyboy did you ever get to the bottom of this problem?
    any ideas would be greatly appreciated
    Many thanks
     
  3. bovine

    bovine Member

    Location:
    North
    Generally caused by either chlamydia or listeria (but other bacteria are available)! Chlamydia very sensitive to oxytet (either injected into eyelids or full dose into muscle). Listeria ('silage eye') may respond better to white penicillin, but the oxytet seems ok. Anti-inflammatory VITAL with listeria (steroid into eyelids).

    Topical eye ointment and inject into backside with oxytet cures the vast majority. Must isolate (few people ever bother). Spraying nasty things into the eye is cruel.
     
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  4. slaney

    slaney Member

    How long after isolation and all signs of the problem going can they be reintroduced into the main group?
     
  5. bovine

    bovine Member

    Location:
    North
    I don't know. Seemingly a treated animal can become reinfected.
     
  6. slaney

    slaney Member

    How long after isolation and all signs of the problem going can they be reintroduced into the main group?
     
  7. bovine

    bovine Member

    Location:
    North
    I don't know. Really. A week after all symptoms have gone at a vaguely educated guess
     
  8. slaney

    slaney Member

    Only just realised I posted same question twice apologies.

    More educated than mine. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015
  9. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    We had pink eye about 4yrs ago - never having had it before and therefore,I assume,having no resistance it ripped through the whole lot.Oxytet into muscle was the only effective treatment.Topical eye creams(Orbenin /Opticlox /dry cow tubes) seemed to have little effect.Make sure to isolate as some sheep seem to keep getting re-infected - they never seem to build up any resistance.If you get a bad infection you will think you are never going to get to the end of it,:( keep injecting and you will.Using a generic form of Oxytet(e.g.Tetroxy LA) will save you some money.
     
  10. Bob c

    Bob c Member

    looks like we got the same here now :(
    just done a search and found this thread
     
  11. Bones

    Bones Member

    Location:
    n Ireland
    Good luck, pain in the fuxxing ass
     
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  12. Bob c

    Bob c Member

    we had it about 4 years ago in the middle of lambing ,.......but all in side at the time ,...... remember treating ewes at gone midnight
     
  13. reverand

    reverand Member

    Location:
    East lancs hills
    Your not alone. That my afternoon sorted
     
  14. Had some here to . . . .
     
  15. tw45

    tw45 New Member

    Dry cow tubes worked well to clear up outbreak in the past.
     
  16. caboblaney

    caboblaney New Member

    I used alamycin spray it cleared it cleared up in a few days
     
  17. Bones

    Bones Member

    Location:
    n Ireland
    Any bright spark out there that could come up with some kind of vaccine , or real treatment that works, Two things that would put anybody out of keeping sheep , dog attacks and pink eye.:poop:
     
  18. S J H

    S J H Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Had the same, never had many before, but I treated a few the other day, seem to have cleared up, but one was nearly blind. Scanning Wednesday, so hopefully it's cleared.
     
  19. JohnGalway

    JohnGalway Member

    Location:
    Connemara, Ireland
    If it's the same thing my flock had, what worked was housing everything and injecting everything at the same time with 4ml LA alamycin I think it was. Segregating & treating individually didn't work - incidentally I ran that aspect of what happened here by another vet, who thought I may have been transmitting it on clothing. Nasty dose either way.
     
  20. Real pain. I had about 40 ewes affected recently. Having been treated with Alamycin LA and isolated from others, all bar a few have now cleared up. I think isolating affected sheep is a good idea as it's so contagious. It's time consuming treating them and in really bad cases sheep are completely blind.
     

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