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February 23, 2014

ASK A VET: Polio can be different in lambs

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Clinical signs of PEM can occur quite suddenly. Animals may be seen off by themselves, weak and may appear to be blind. Their necks may be found arched back over their bodies and will appear to be staring upwards. We call them “star gazers” or showing opisthotonus. They will appear to be disoriented and generally will not eat or drink well. They can have normal temperatures and respirations but decreased heart rates. They may simply be found down in their pen with the head thrown back and paddling as with seizures. Some may show head pressing and without treatment, may die as early as two days.

As devastating as the condition sounds, they will respond quite remarkably if treated quickly and in early onset.

Questions for Ask a Vet can be sent via e-mail to drweldys@frontier.com.

, by regular mail to Dr. Weldy’s Associates, 114 N. Elkhart, P.O. Box 527, Wakarusa, IN 46573, or by visiting the web site at drweldys.com

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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