RUMEN IMPACTION IN A 31/2 – YEAR OLD BALAMI EWE: CASE REPORT AND LITERATURE REVIEW

O.A. Alimi, S. Buhari, F.M. Lawal, S.Z. Abdulkadir, S.A. Amid, S.O. Adediran, A. Aliyu, D.A. Asifat

Abstract


A 31/2 - year old balami ewe was presented at the Large Animal Unit of Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto with complaints of foamy salivation and progressive weight loss despite good appetite. The vital parameters (pulse rate, respiratory rate and rectal temperature) were within normal ranges. Abdominal ballotment revealed a hard mass on the left side of the abdomen and ruminal motility was one cycle in 31/2 minutes. Considering the history and clinical examination, rumen impaction was tentatively diagnosed and confirmed by rumenotomy procedure. Blood sample was taking for haemogram and the patient was prepared for routine rumenotomy procedure. A 4.0 kg weight impacted materials which were mainly polythene materials were evacuated. The patient was hospitalized and the skin sutures were removed 11 days after the surgery. The patient was discharged and the client was advised accordingly.


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