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QUESTION
What is the treatment for bottle jaw?


ANSWER

Dan, Bottle jaw is usually the result of a severe anemia caused by blood sucking internal parasites ( round worms ) in the abomasom and the small intestine . These parasites remove so much blood the sheep become sverally anemic. The very watery blood lacks red cells and the animals have trouble getting enough oxygen to thir tissues . The serum ( fluid ) potion of the blood leaks out under the skin as edema and when the sheep lowers its head the fluid pools under the jaw. Thats the long explaination . The answer to your question is Deworm them . Be sure its an effective drug for your flock and their parasites . I would start with an oral dose of ivermectin at the reccommended dose and repeat it in 4 weeks . Move them to clean pasture after the first treatment , pasture that has not had sheep on it for six months . Get on a regular deworming program with the help of your veterinarian . R D Scoggins DVM Ext Vet Univ of IL / Coll of Vet Med







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