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Old 03-17-2009, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default Newborn kid with bent 'ankle'!

Smudge has something wrong with one of her back legs? She stands on it weird. Almost like a horse ready to kick, with the 'toe' turned under. It doesn't seem to hurt her and I can move it and it's not swollen, etc. Her and her sister were a little chilled and are now toasty under a heating pad. Next time she's up I'll try to get a pic.

I read somewhere that leg stuff like this is common and you can splint it and it will hopefully straighten out? Is that true?



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Old 03-17-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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this can be from contracted tendons - basically from being a little cramped in the uterus.

I've also seen it happen when you have given an IM needle in the back leg/rump, and hit a nerve.

Either way will resolve by itself, with time.

Either way it doesnt hurt to splint. If it makes you more confident and reassured, go ahead and splint it. I tend to leave it alone. If you do leave it, just keep an eye that the skin doesnt get rubbed raw from being on the ground all the time.



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I have lots of baby animals born like this, and it usually straightens out within a few days. With one or two I have splinted just so that the baby can stand upright - this is when ALL their legs are like that, though!

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Awesome. Thank you! I'll just leave it alone for now -- she hobbles on it just fine.

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When I have a baby with a weak leg ...I splint it ..so that the tendons can be in a more normal position.......I usually leave it on for 4 days ..take it off to see how things are...and if the leg/or legs... are still funky ...then I put it back on a little longer..............

It also wouldn't hurt.......to give a bo-se shot.....and nutra drench....

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I was going to say to split it also. The Bo Se would be a good idea also. How old is this one?

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When the rear legs are bent back like that it is usually a selenium deficiency and a Bo-se shot will help that. When it is the front legs it is usually a contracted tendon due to utro position and either time or splints if they have trouble walking.

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One of our little does that was just born had a problem with her back leg. Her hock bent inward and it was really bad. I bought some 400 IU vitamin E capsules at Wal Mart and gave her one everyday. I just opened up an end and squirted it into her mouth. It must not have tasted too bad because she was happy to get them LOL. After 2 days her leg was completely fixed! Just an idea if you can't get anything else

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I was going to say to split it also. The Bo Se would be a good idea also. How old is this one?
Two days-ish. She's had BoSe. I checked her this morning and she's walking on it much better now. How long does it take BoSe to kick in?
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within the week you should see improvement...especially if you splint it....



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