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clerkmary Posted - 12/04/2015 : 3:34:23 PM
He seemed fine yesterday morning but yesterday afternoon husband called and told me he thought the alpaca was dying. I got home and covered him with a blanket. He would kick his legs but the rest of him wouldn't move. The vet came and we got him up. He stumbled into the fence and stumbled into the barn and then started acting just fine. The vet spent an hour with him and said he saw no signs of pneumonia. He ate good and is discharging fine. Vet gave him a shot of Vitamin B. He seemed fine this morning and got up and ate again, but at noon he couldn't get up without help again. Once we got him up, he stumbled a little and now seems just fine. Vet said to give him another shot of Vitamin B. Any suggestions on what could be wrong.
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Mara DeBoe Posted - 12/07/2015 : 4:14:20 PM
How's it doing with him? Any improvement? Sounds like your vet didn't think it was meningeal - is your vet versed in alpacas?

We have this exact situation right now, but both we and vet (who is the camelid specialist in this area) don't think it's meningeal, but an injury. (We've had meningeal, and that one looked different, but I'm sure they all will).

We found our girl yesterday at 4 pm (starting to get dark), down in the freezing mud on her side and shivering like crazy (no idea how long she had been down). Couldn't stand - front legs wouldn't straighten - she could crawl on her hind legs and front knees. Got her in the barn in a pen, tried to dry the mud and got her covered with a horse blanket. 92 degree body temp. All evening, she tried to stand but would tip over once she got up. Long story short: This morning vet made it out (hubby took care of it, so I might not have all the details correct). She's alert, eating, drinking, passing good beans, but still only 96 degrees. Vet played with her front legs, and, based on how they felt, vet thinks its some type of injury. Didn't find an open wound, so maybe a good kick. She got Vit. B, La-200, a steroid, Fluxinamine (?), and a few other shots. We're going to continue the LA-200 and fluxinamine for 5 days and get some heaters going or something to get her body temp up.

Mark & Mara DeBoe
Wibotawot Farm
River Falls, WI
josebeth1 Posted - 12/05/2015 : 1:12:39 PM

Echoing Kate's reply--if you are in white-tail deer country, this absolutely sounds like it could be meningea. Look up "buckeye blast" treatment, call Ohio State vet school NOW cannot wait around on this!

Please, note to everybody, always tell us where you are when you post. It can make all the difference in the level of help some of us can offer! Thanks......

Beth Dominguez
Crias del Cielo Alpaca Farm
Hudson, OH

Kate Posted - 12/05/2015 : 10:07:27 AM
What region do you live in? Here in PA meningeal worm would be one of the possible causes- especially if his gait is off, or he seems to be weak in the front or back. Since diagnosis is made in the hospital with a spinal tap, we would follow the Buckeye Blast treatment proactively. Stumbling into things sounds like he's weak in the front, especially since you're finding him down, so if you have white tailed deer that would be my first guess. I would start treatment immediately before more nerve damage is done.
Of course, having bloodwork done would help rule out a few other diagnoses.
I hope your boy bounces back for you,

Kate McKelvie
Alpacas of Sunset Fields
Glen Rock, PA

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