Lambing Kit Essentials
Dr Mirna Topic DVM BSA
With spring upon us, so is lambing and kidding season. Having a lambing kit on hand allows you to be prepared for unexpected situations. It also allows us to better help you if you call in need of some advice.
If you have expectant does and ewes, you should also have the following supplies on hand:
WHEN SHOULD I HELP?
95% of ewes and does deliver unaided with no complications
This means that you should only intervene if absolutely necessary!
If you have not aided in delivery of a lamb or kid please do not hesitate to call us, we are available for large animal after hour emergency services.
Risks of aiding in delivery: increased risk of bleeding or rupturing tissues. Increased risk of inflammation and infection.
Any ewe or doe that receives assistance during delivery MUST get antibiotics and pain medication as directed by a veterinarian.
WHAT IS COLOSTRUM?
Colostrum is the first milk made by the mother. It is vital for immunity and energy for any newborn animal.
Immediately after birth colostrum carries high amounts of antibodies. The amount of antibodies decline rapidly after birth. Additionally the newborn's ability to absorb these antibodies begins to decline in the hours after birth, and completely stops by 24 to 36 hours. This is why it is vital to ensure they receive adequate quantity and quality of colostrum, quickly!
50ml per kg bodyweight in first 2 hours of life
200ml per kg bodyweight in first 24 hours of life
Fresh is best!
Preference is always from mother, then from another ewe, then powdered.
First colostrum MUST be given in the first couple hours of life, the remaining colostrum should be delivered before the 24 hour mark.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE VET?
Complications before delivery:
Complications during delivery:
A normal delivery takes about 5 hours. 4 hours for the cervix to dilate and 1 hour for the actual delivery. The normal steps of a delivery
If you notice the following signs, call the vet:
Examples of presentations (left to right): normal, breech, head back, both legs back
Complications after delivery: