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Heat Stress in Alpacas

Help Your Alpaca Survive

Time for the annual review of heat loads . . . There is quite a bit of confusion and this may help clear up some of the issues.

First, none of the heat load equations I have seen thrown about on the site take into account the wind or the dew point. These are MAJOR issues and without considering them the "equations" are quite meaningless.

Secondly, the "equations" do not take into account your local conditions in the barn, the physiological state of the alpaca, the amount of shade, mud or o... read full article



Parasites and Drug Resistance

Great information for Alpacas as well!!!!!

Over the last few years the problem of parasites resistant to dewormers has exploded. The problem varies dramatically depending on the area of the country and the individual risk factors each producer has. We will discuss species differences then talk about other risk factors that increase the potential for drug resistance.

Species differences -
Cattle: Because cattle have evolved with parasites, they are more adapted at fighting off parasites; it is rare to see an adult cow die of clinical ... read full article



Mycoplasma Haemolamae in Alpacas

Saving Your Alpaca's Life

“The Silent Killer”

Mycoplasma Haemolamae

This paper is to help you save your alpacas' life from one of the little-known alpaca diseases. The disease is Mycoplasma Haemolamae (MH). It is a “Silent Killer”! MH has been detected since the 1990's and was originally called Eperythrozoonosis or EPE. Recently the name has changed in the medical community for camelids, but it is still the same disease.

Alpaca health is very important to an alpaca business. Educating yourself about this diseas... read full article



List of Frequently Used Medications

List of Frequently Used Medications
Dose Your Alpacas with Correct Amounts of Medication
I Am Not a VET!

I have 18+ years experience keeping my alpacas healthy and well. Listed below are common drugs used for alpacas and the normal dosages. If you have any question about the use or dosages contact me or your vet.

Once in a while we just need a reminder sheet of the dosage requirements for various medications. I have written an article talking about a Silent Killer parasite and my exper... read full article