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Posted - 01/08/2016 :  3:23:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a 11 year old female alpaca who went down suddenly Sunday.night. She was laying on he side making the most painful long loud groans. Ella has always been a nervous skinnier alpaca. (I have always had to do T-Touch on her to give her a shot or put on a halter. Ella was moved to the tach room which has a space heater.. Initial treatment/recommendation from the vet was a shot of banamine and ulcerguard,safeguard, pepto bismal and Nuflor. Bloodwork was taken at the time and fecal submitted the next day. Ella was positioned in a kush position with lose hay to support her head. To everyone's surprise, she lifted her head and began eating the Brome hay. She has shown no interest in eating Knoblock's Paca Nutrition -which she usually loves.
Fecal has shown 200plus for eimeria, probably not emac is written in the comments from Kansas State. Her blood work was normal in all respects except white count was 26,000 (K State says it should be less than 18,000) and her Albuminen (spelled wrong I am sure, anyway indicates protein was 2. K State was more worried about the low protein than the white count..Have switched to offering her alfalfa and beet pulp (with molasses), and chaffhaye. because of the higher protein.
Her temp at the time she went down was 96 (She was also lying on the cold ground on a very cold day in Nebraska)

Treatment so far has been Corid (will be for 5 days), ulcerguard daily , 2 cc banamine initially 2cc 2 times a day,now 1cc as needed,, safeguard (panacur at 4 times body weight for 5 days
Nuflor, initially 3cc , then 2 days later 6cc, Gave LA 200 on the off days.of Nuflor, Thiamine, (started on Monday) at 1.8cc every four hours. Started Pro-Bios yesterday and remembered I had Fast track so gave her that this morning.
Yesterday (Thursday), her temp was 97, Her feces has gone from balled, to diarrhea, to formed beans, some loose, some balled. However no fecal output this morning, she appeared to slow down her amount of eating yesterday..and appeared to be less perky. I am worried that she is going to continue not eating/eating little.. She has remained kushed with head up since Sunday.. Due to probable dehydration, vet recommended we start IV bags of saline (last night was a brief blizzard, so will get this morning.) He would also see us get her up in some type of hammock/sling 30 minutes at a time if possible.
We do have homeopathic vets in the area and I have a call into them to see if they can help. At this point, I am desperate. Kansas State has said that other than giving her 5 bags of plasma,(and there would be no guarantees with that), we are doing, what they would do. So we have elected not to take her to Kansas State vs. the stress of transporting and taking our very nervous Ella to a strange place.
Sorry for the long explanation, but I wanted to be thorough. I am concerned about her eating slowdown. Please help, If any of you have used other medications or homeopathic techniques and found them helpful, please advise.
Renee Prochaska-Keenan
Ponca Hills Alpacas
Omaha, NE
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