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Posted - 10/18/2016 :  7:21:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a cria that is less than 12 hours old and I'm almost sure she got stung by a bee on her lower jaw. It is very swollen and she is having a hard time nursing. Has anyone ever had this happen and what did they do.

Lisa Fererro
Big River Alpacas


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Posted - 10/19/2016 :  10:28:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit renfarms's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I had already checked forum posts before you posted last night, so I'm thinking that your crisis has either gone south or resolved by now. If you are still having an issue, I would recommend contacting your vet. As critical as the jaw being swollen is, there was also some slight risk of anaphylactic shock, creating breathing issues. By now, that reaction should have passed, but if there is still some swelling and it is inhibiting the cria from eating, you may ask your vet to come out with a vial of epinephrine to administer a shot. While "epi pens" per se are outrageously expensive, the vial form of epenephrine is quite reasonably priced, and a shot of it should immediately ease any residual swelling.

I hope things have already resolved positively for you, Lisa, and that your cria is either already back to normal or gets there quickly.

Best wishes,
AN moderator

Bill and Louise Goebel
Renaissance Farms
McArthur, Ohio 45651
(740) 596-1468
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