Diagnosing limb paresis and paralysis in sheep

James Crilly, Nina Marie Rzechorzek, Philip Scott

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Paresis and paralysis are uncommon problems in sheep but are likely to prompt
farmers to seek veterinary advice. A thorough and logical approach can aid in
determining the cause of the problem and highlighting the benefit of veterinary
involvement. While this may not necessarily alter the prognosis for an individual
animal, it can help in formulating preventive measures and avoid the costs – both
in economic and in welfare terms – of misdirected treatment. Distinguishing
between central and peripheral lesions is most important, as the relative prognoses are markedly different, and this can often be achieved with minimal equipment. This article describes an approach to performing a neurological examination of the ovine trunk and limbs, the ancillary tests available and the common and important causes of paresis and paralysis in sheep.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-507
Number of pages18
JournalIn Practice
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2015


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