Sheep Medicine Q&A 09

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In early summer you are presented at the surgery with an 8-week-old pet Texel-cross ram lamb with a rectal prolapse. The lamb has been reared with three other lambs in a garden and fed ad libitum concentrates. The rectal prolapse extends for approximately 8 cm and is markedly oedematous but not traumatized. The mucous membranes appear normal and the lamb is not dehydrated. The respiratory rate is 22 breaths per minute and the heart rate is 90 beats per minute. The abdomen appears slightly distended. No rumen sounds are heard over 2 minutes.

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