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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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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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