As I mentioned, after Lambie’s visit to the vet, Lambie has osteoarthritis.
To be honest, I am not surprised. He had a horrid start to his life with joint ill, his twin sister died, and then his mother.
He had no colostrum and arrived a week early. It was touch and go for a while to start with.
Anywho, it is Lambie’s second birthday soon so it is fairly amazing we have come this far.
Lambie’s diagnosis of osteoarthritis is not a nice one. My poor precious boy.
I have been busy these past few days trying to find out how best to help Lambie. There are so many differing opinions and I prefer to use medicine that has been proven to actually work.
I have made a list of remedies that are supposed to help:
Chondroitin – not sure I want to give to a ruminant (I think it may even be banned)
Glucosamine – high doses of glucosamine have detrimental affects on ruminants
MSM – MSM is prohibited for use in ruminants
Turmeric – looking hopeful
SAM-e (S-Adenosyl methionine) – dunno
Frankincense – dunno
Green lip mussel – not sure I like the idea of feeding fish to a sheep
Manuka honey – again, not sure
There is so much hearsay information on the internet and very little actual studies. “Research shows”, “Studies reveal” is not actual fact and I work on fact not stories.
I think I will go down the turmeric route first and I have a sample of Golden Paste Company grass pellets on its way to Shetland for Lambie to try.
I think he would hate a powder mixed in with his food. He can be very fussy.
If he has a daily capsule, it could go two ways – a battle he (and I) will dread or he will be nice about it.
I will keep you posted.
I would like to design a lick supplement for him. The feed lick company that I approached haven’t returned my call. Perhaps they think sheep are not important.