Contracted Tendons in Lambs

 

A contracture is when a tendon or tendon sheath stiffens and becomes permanently tight, limiting flexibility and joint movement.

Causes

Lambs are sometimes born with this condition possibly due to overcrowding in the womb.

Treatment

A treatment that works well for this problem is splinting the lamb’s legs to straighten them. Using something as simple as the inner cardboard roll from glad wrap or similar items can be used as a splint.  An inner layer of cotton wool is needed to protect the leg from rubbing on the cardboard. Vet wrap is then wrapped around the leg from top to bottom.

Physiotherapy sessions can also help to extend the contracted tendons. 

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