Journal of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Journal of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

(ISSN: 2659 – 0743)

Volume 2, No. 2,  2020
Pages 1-6

Management of Rumen Impaction in A 3–year Old Balami Ewe Due To Mainly Polythene Materials: A Case Report

Abubakar U. B1., Ibrahim S1., Musa G.A1., Abdullahi A. S1., ,Abdulkadir I. A1. Usman B2
11Veterinary Medicine Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
2Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria


Case report of a 3-year old Balami ewe was presented at the Large Animal Unit of Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with complaints of foamy salivation and progressive weight loss despite good appetite. The 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 3/½ 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. The patient was discharged and the client was advised accordingly.

Keywords: Polythene Materials, Rumen impaction, Balami Ewe

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