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How to Treat a Young Lamb with a Cold

Updated March 27, 2017

Young lambs and sheep can develop symptoms that mimic the human cold. Lambs can develop a cough, snotty nose, fever and diarrhoea. Treatment will depend on the exact condition and whether the infection is bacterial or viral. If your lamb has a cold that lasts more than a couple of days or involves a high fever, contact your veterinarian. Your lamb may need antibiotics to treat its cold. There are a few things you can do to help treat its cold at home too.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice any unusual behaviour in your young lamb. Pneumonia is the number one lamb disease and can be easily treated with antibiotics if caught early enough.

Provide adequate selenium and vitamin E to your young lamb. This will help fight off the cold or any other infection. You can get these supplements from your vet or online.

Give plenty of water to your sick lamb, especially if it has diarrhoea. It's important to keep it well hydrated to help it recover from its cold.

Allow your lamb ample shade so it can stay cool. This is even more critical If your lamb has a fever.

Clean your young lamb's nose if it is congested or snotty. Keep its nasal passages as clear as possible so it is able to breathe freely.

Provide your lamb with one aspirin twice a day. This will help alleviate any muscle stiffness or aches that can be associated with a cold and will help reduce its fever.

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Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.