Alternative Methods

Caesarian Section:

A Caesarian or C-Section is an extreme measure used to deliver the lambs and should be performed by a veterinarian. The procedure involves making an incision along the left side of the ewe behind the ribs and in the flank region. The incision is made through body wall and then through the uterine wall. The lambs will still be in the amniotic sac. The sac will need to be ruptured and the lambs removed. After all the lambs are removed, the placenta is left in the ewe, and the ewe is sewn together. A C-Section should be considered when the lambs are extremely large and cannot be delivered normally, there are abnormalities with the lambs, and when there are complications with the ewe's reproductive tract (i.e. the cervix not dilating or an obstruction like a hernia).

Fetotomy:

Dystocia induces a lot of stress on the ewe as well as the lamb. Prolonged stress will result in death of the lamb if assistance is not administered in time. A fetotomy is another procedure that should be preformed by a veterinarian. It is a procedure used to remove dead and decomposing lambs, a procedure not for the weak of stomach. The veterinarian can determine the lamb to be dead by feeling for a pulse, loss of suckling reflex, and on breech lambs loss of anal pressure. The fetotomy uses a metal tub and metal wire with razor teeth to dismember the lamb. By sawing through the dead lamb, the smaller pieces can be removed. The vet can remove the front legs at the shoulder, and the back legs at the hip, or the head. By removing the parts of the lamb that are obstructing the delivery, the dead lambs can be removed from the ewe.


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