Keep dogs on lead during lambing season urges vet
And he recommends not taking dogs into fields with lambs and sheep, even if they’re on a leash.
The season started in early spring and is now at its peak meaning fields are starting to fill up with thousands of newborn lambs.
It’s one of the busiest times of the year for Hawick Veterinary Practice, on Earl Street, who work with farm clients from across the region, some of whom have thousands of ewes in their herds.
Unfortunately, the season brings its associated risk to the welfare of the animals, with cases of sheep miscarrying after being frightened by dogs, attacked, mutilated or killed.
Andrew Robinson, clinical director of Hawick Veterinary Practice, is urging dog owners not to enter fields with ewes and lambs, even if they are on a lead.
He said: “Ideally, we wouldn’t recommend walking your pet in fields with sheep, as even the most docile and well-behaved dogs can get excited around livestock.
“If a dog gets loose, it may not respond to calls to come back to its owner, making it more likely to worry or attack sheep, so avoid this during lambing season. It’s also about your pet’s well-being .”
Guidance is available for farmers who may be experiencing problems during the lambing season, such as unexplained mortality among their herd.
Anyone needing advice can contact Hawick Veterinary Practice by calling 01450 372038 or by visiting www.hawickvets.co.uk.
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