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Oesophageal obstruction in Dorper ewes caused by impaction of a pelleted ration

R. Anderson, G.F. Bath, P.N. Thompson, M.M. Stadler
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 81, No 2 | a122 | DOI: | © 2010 R. Anderson, G.F. Bath, P.N. Thompson, M.M. Stadler | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 May 2010 | Published: 08 May 2010

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G.F. Bath,
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M.M. Stadler,

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Two adult Dorper ewes developed an oesophageal obstruction (choke) by consuming a pelleted ration. The history, clinical signs and method of treatment were recorded in each case. One case was treated surgically via rumenotomy and the other conservatively. Both ewes recovered uneventfully and no recurrence was observed. Reasons for the compaction of the pelleted ration in the oesophagus are discussed.


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