Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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Arthritis in lambs


C. R. Toop


Sheep diseases, Arthritis.

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Outbreaks of arthritis, with symptoms of severe lameness and stiffness of gait often accompanied by marked loss of condition commonly occur amongst lambs as a sequel to marking. This condition results from the infection of tailing and castration wounds by organisms which are present in the soil and have a predilection for the joints in which they set up inflammatory changes. The majority of lambs recover completely after an illness of short duration. The mortality rate is low and the disease is of importance chiefly on account of the high incidence which is sometimes observed in individual flocks and the temporary check in growth and loss of condition which occurs.