Pet sheep need a regular visit from the barber

Posted by Mark Meerman | April 27th, 2016

A sheep is a wonderful pet for those who have the room to keep them but you have to remember to shear them annually. Unless the wool at their rear is regularly removed, there is the chance of flies laying their eggs in the area and, before long, maggots have worked their way under the skin. Similarly, if wool isn’t regularly removed from their faces, it can eventually cover their eye’s and render the sheep blind.

Sheering can be stressful for sheep and can be reduced by following these points:

  • handle sheep in a low-stress manner
  • ensure shearers are trained and competent in best practice technique to reduce the risk of cutting the sheep
  • ensure the appropriate treatment of any wounds and injuries using pain relief where required

For the full story see:

https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/news/2016-02-25-unshorn-sheep-a-woolly-issue-for-rspca-waREAD Original Article

 

 

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