Just got over a horrid experience. Tick paralysis in one of my new moms. At first we just thought she reverted and didn't want to feed her new baby again as it was a rough time for the firs few days. If you have an animal that either can't get up or it seems like they won't get up...it may be this culprit. It took 15 hours for her to get back up and be able to nurse (don't worry we took care of the cria by elevating mom and rolling her on her side). Just wondering if anyone knows of a way to prevent this...is Frontline ever going to work on alpacas?
Ruthann, I just read your topic and wanted to make a comment. We had a girl two years ago who was very near term. She began shaking her head and we treated her for something in her ear. Long story short, she developed an infection from a tick in her ear. She looked and acted like she had had a stroke. We barely kept her alive and for months she lost weight. We finally turned her around and she has had two healthy cria since. But she will forever be paralyzed on the right side of her face. Whenever we see a head shaking or an ear down we put 1/2 cc of Ivermectin in their ears and it kills the tick immediately. We also use Cylence as a pour on. Draw up a 3cc syringe and put 1cc on the back of the head, one on the shoulder and one on the butt. This usually lasts up to 6 weeks and works on flies and ticks. These ticks are nasty things, and if you suspect anything treat it right away. I'm happy your girl is doing well.