5 Signs Your Sheep May Be Sick + What To Do

You’ve gone to the farm supply store to buy sheep-specific medication, only to find yourself standing in front of hundreds of bottles and wondering which one you should choose. So how do you know if your sheep are sick? While it’s normal for sheep to be sick occasionally, there are sure signs that they need medical attention immediately. The following are 5 signs your sheep may be sick and what you should do if they show these symptoms.

1) Loss of Appetite

Sheep are particularly vulnerable to infestations and parasites that can cause a loss of appetite. If your sheep has not eaten for 24 hours or more, this could be a sign that it is sick. Other signs to look out for include: lack of energy, difficulty breathing, abnormal drooling, and loss of coordination. If you notice these symptoms in your sheep, take them to the vet immediately! The sooner they’re treated, the better their chances will be.

2) Unusual Behavior

If you notice your sheep behaving strangely, it may signify something wrong. Keep an eye out for these five symptoms and if you see any of these signs, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. A sudden weight loss could indicate  

The most common cause of wool loss is  

Another symptom is it can lead to death

3) Lack of Energy

A loss of energy is one of the first things to look for when your sheep may be sick. A healthy sheep will have a lot of energy, but if they are lazy and slow-moving, it’s time to take a closer look. Lethargy could indicate a severe disease like Foot-and-Mouth Disease or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). It can also signal parasites or bacterial infection. Take note of how long the behavior change has been going on and any changes in appetite and milk production for ewes. The sooner you treat them, the better!

4) Increased Thirst

Increased thirst is one of the most common signs that your sheep may be sick. Since sheep drink up to a gallon of water daily, paying attention is essential if they’re drinking more or less than usual. If your sheep are drinking more than average, it could be due to a fever or an infection, so you should call your vet immediately. On the other hand, decreased thirst could mean that your sheep is dehydrated from diarrhea and needs to see a vet as soon as possible.

5) Changes in Appearance

If you suspect your sheep is sick, there are several things to look for. They may not be eating as much, have a fever, have diarrhea, or seem weak. It’s important to note that some of these signs can be caused by other diseases or conditions, so taking action is essential if you suspect your sheep is ill. This will make it easier to diagnose what the problem might be. 

The most common diseases that affect sheep are foot rot, worm infestations, mastitis (an infection in the udder), wool blockage in their stomachs, and sunburn. A veterinarian should be consulted before administering any medications.

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