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    Alberta sheep farmer
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    I am looking for advice. I live in northern Alberta Canada in a very isolated region and we live hours away from any vets. I have a young ewe that broke her back leg this morning and I think it will be possible to splint it. I wantto give her something for pain but I can hardly find information on pain medications for sheep. I have access to many medications but not sure if they will be effective for sheep.

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    stapler
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    Metacam springs to mind but I don’t know if it is recommended for sheep

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    Phil Goodyear
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    I use Finadyne ( flunixin ) for pain relief in sheep.  I’ve also heard of aspirin being used.  If you can get leg set and bandaged she will probably do without much medication.

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    Alberta sheep farmer
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    Thank you both for the information! Her leg is set and splinted and shes looking good.

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    JacobusJacobus
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    Flunixin is the pain relief we use for sheep.  As it’s an injection it is more precise and probably quicker to administer than metacam which (for dogs anyway, and I guess for sheep too) is given orally.

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    I was sadly unable to find flunixin in our area. Not sure if its available in Alberta. Living so far from the vet has drawbacks too. I end up getting most of my supplies from cattle stores because thats mainly what they raise around here. I did read up that tramadol could be given for moderate to severe pain. I gave her one before i set it and now i am giving her aspirin.

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    crazysheepcrazysheep
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    I have a ewe who jiggered her hips prior to lambing – probably butted by another. I kept her in and she duly lambed 4 days later, but was reluctant to rise to feed her lambs. I went to the vet, who prescribed Metacam injection (used for cattle) 2.5ml/100kg every other day. Although still very slow, she is in a more comfortable condition and managed to shuffle around the field with her lambs today. I’m hoping she will be able to rear the lambs, then make a decision on her future. So Metacam is available as an injection for sheep.

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