Placing Microchips in Camelids

Placing microchips in camelids is a really useful husbandry skill to learn. As an owner you can place microchips yourself. However, if you are not confident you can always ask your vet to do this for you or show you how! Microchips are used as a means of electronically identifying animals with a unique identifier….

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How to Trim Alpaca Toenails

Why do I need to trim alpaca toenails? Trimming alpaca toenails is something that needs to be done fairly frequently in alpacas. How frequently depends a little on the individual animal and also how soft the ground is. Toenails will wear down more on their own if your animals on are hard ground. Black toenails…

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Body Condition Scoring Alpacas

Key Points A fundamental animal husbandry skill.Perform monthly as a routine procedure, in combination with mucous membrane colour checking. Perform more frequently in problem cases.Score on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is really skinny and 10 is obese. The ideal BCS is 5.5-6/10.Use weighing as well, to enable monitoring of young growing animals and…

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Vitamin D Supplementation in Camelids

Background South American Camelids are susceptible to Vitamin D deficiency. In growing animals, this manifests clinically as rickets: affected animals exhibit stunted growth, angular limb deformities and lameness. They may also be lethargic, have depressed appetites, and may walk with a hunched back due to pain and are typically smaller than age-matched herd mates. Vitamin…

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Feeding Guide for Crias

Although one always wishes for a trouble-free birthing season with easy birthings, good mothering and crias that are not only able to nurse, but their mother is able to provide all their nutritional needs, this doesn’t always happen. Occasionally a female dies and leaves an orphan cria or doesn’t have milk, or just doesn’t want…

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Using Plasma in Crias

Plasma is used to treat crias that have failed to suckle sufficient colostrum from their mothers during the first 24 hours of life. This means that they may be deficient in antibodies that they need to protect them from bugs they will face in the first few days and weeks of life. You can check…

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