Thanks for everyone's advice. The Vet came and did a necropsy on Marley:

Coryne psuedotuberculosis.  All through his body.

I have had a few of the abscesses on my sheeps neck or jaw before and
was aware this was contagious, but was not that aware of how
devastating it could be.. Now I am.

The symptomatic ones will be separated and given antibiotics (for a
month) and also, better feed. The animals that are not symptomatic
look real good and seem to be thriving on the local hay, as they have,
year after year. The sheep that are effected are skinny. The Dr's
opinion is: because they are fighting an infection, they are not
getting enough nutrition.  I am separating them from the wethered
pygmy goats and upping their alfalfa intake along with hay. Can't give
the alfalfa to the male wethered goats.

Everyone has a clear-snot runny nose, the Dr. thinks it is from the
dust. She says OPP is not common in California.

_Michael, Perino Ranch Blackbellies.

On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM, Tiana Franklin <> wrote:
> I had a problem with an ewe that had green snotty nose, congested breathing
> and skinny. Checked her eye lids and she was anemic so I dosed her with
> Safeguard and started her on a 5 day round of Pen G. At day 10 there was no
> improvement so I dosed again with Safeguard and 5 day round of LA200 and
> Pen G. By the 5th day her snotty nose and congested breathing was cleared
> up but she was still very pale in the eye lids so I watched for another 5
> days without any improvement to the color in her eyes so on day 20 I dosed
> her with Ivomec and she immediately improved, got color back to her eye
> lids and started gaining weight. Also, I'm in California as well (North bay
> area) and this happened about a month ago when we got hit with really hot
> weather as well and my girl is about 10 years old. Some of my other ewe had
> snotty noses but it wasn't green so I did not treat them.
> Tiana
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM, Cecil R Bearden <>
> wrote:
>> Extreme hot weather will cause Pneumonia as quickly as cold.  I think the
>> problem is  dust in the air.  It probably is dust Pneumonia.  Makes no
>> difference what we call it, it has to be treated aggressively.  I would not
>> wait on the vet, I would start giving Combiotic ( Long acting Penicillin )
>> ASAP.  Also, Safeguard liquid wormer will stop the increase in infestation
>> that will occur when the animal is stressed.  If you are in a drought, then
>> your animals have been trying to graze on very short to no grass and will
>> readily pick up a worm load .   I had a young ewe that was  down a few
>> years back, she had rapid onset pneumonia, and I gave her Combiotic,
>> Baytril, and liquid Safeguard  at 10am.  Vet got there at 12noon and
>> started an IV. at 2pm she had diarrhea and was passing dead worms.  At 4pm
>> she was up and walking some.  Next morning she was in good shape. Rest of
>> flock got Safeguard pellets and another dose 2 weeks later.  Ivomec will
>> not work as fast as Safeguard.
>> Cecil in OKla
>> On 9/11/2015 9:34 AM, Michael Smith wrote:
>>> he was 8 years old. A few of the other sheep do have snotty noses as
>>> well. I'll call the vet.
>>> _Michael, Perino Ranch Blackbellies
>>> On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 4:10 AM, Mark Wintermute
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> You did not mention how old Marley was.  I suspect he did have some age
>>>> to
>>>> him.  OPP (Ovine Pulmonary Pneumonia) could be involved.  There is no
>>>> cure
>>>> for OPP and it is contagious.  Your vet can assist you on testing.  If
>>>> it is
>>>> OPP you will want to test the rest of your flock.  OPP is not rare here
>>>> in
>>>> the United States.  Rest in peace Marley.
>>>> Mark
>>>> Marley had gotten skinny lately, and I de-wormed him, probably too late.
>>>> He
>>>> also had a runny nose.  I had not taken the time to have a vet come out
>>>> and
>>>> see him, since a few other sheep also have runny noses, and they always
>>>> get
>>>> over it, and they look strong.
>>>> in any case, he died today. I've never dealt with this particular case
>>>> before so, sorry for the graphic questions.
>>>> When I tried to pick up his head to move him, a large amount of light
>>>> brown,
>>>> very watery liquid came pouring and I mean "pouring" from both nostrils.
>>>> It
>>>> smells. Not super strong, but not pleasant. I tilted his head and I am
>>>> sure
>>>> I got about half a pint. I am sure there's probably another half pint in
>>>> there for sure.
>>>> I am thinking pneumonia?
>>>> If so, I imagine I should get the vet out to hear some lungs on the still
>>>> living?
>>>> Thanks in advance for your help in this.
>>>> I plan to have his skull preserved and glue that broken horn tip back
>>>> on, so
>>>> I can have a nice reminder of him.  His rack was magnificent.
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