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Posted - 11/19/2006 :  1:26:59 PM  Show Profile
what can I safely give my alpaca with a runny eye, nose and slight cough? I have several avialable antibiotics but dont know if any could be dangerous. I am not sure of the sensitivity of alpacas. I have no vets that are alpaca knowledgeanle in my area. I know I have heard of alpacas dying from bute and I dont want to kill my alpaca with an antibiotic that caould be dangerous. can some one help before this cold gets out of control or spreads? Thanks, Stacy



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Posted - 11/19/2006 :  3:36:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit sherih's Homepage
You can start by purchasing some homeopathic remedies. You can try Allium Cepa, 30C for the eyes and runny nose. You can also enter your symptoms on Just follow it all the way through by ticking the appropriate check boxes and they will give you a remedy at the end. You can purchase from them or go to a local health food store.

These are very safe and effective, no prescription needed. They also work quickly and have no side effects. They are also very inexpensive, usually $7 or $8 each.

Sheri Hewitt
Woodland Meadows, LLC
Creswell, OR
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  12:04:52 PM  Show Profile
Hi its me again! I found a vet who has treated a few Alpacas and he says I CAN treat with trimethoprim powder and I should see a diff in a few days. He also says pennecillin would be fine but I only have the injectable horse kind and am not familliar with WHERE to give it. With horses it goes in the neck muscle.CAN ANYONE HELP ME LOCATE THE BEST PLACE TO INJECT PENN G? thanks! Stacy oh in Georgia but I think thats irrelevant because these guys have been all over and origionally 2 were from canada...they have been everywhere.

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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  12:52:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit klay.k's Homepage
Stacy, It's not irrelevant. They're in GA now and you have to be pro-active for your locale. Do you have whitetail deer in your area? If so, you will need to use an Ivermectin for the prevention of menigeal worm.

Your vet should tell you the dosage and deliver of the meds you need to give, ie IM or SubQ. (IM - in the muscle or SubQ - under the skin) Kathy

Kathy & Earl Klay
Jefferson Laurel Farm
8181 Havens Road
Blacklick, Ohio 43004
Home of JLF Loxias and JLF Argus
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  2:05:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit janechristie's Homepage
Hi Stacy,

As mentioned in a previous thread, alpacas afflicted with the meningeal worm parasite can suffer permanent neurological damage, paralysis and death. I know of no alpaca breeder successfully using the Ivermectin paste you mentioned you were using to prevent meningeal worm. Even if it were effective, if you are worming your alpacas at the same dose as you would use for your horses, they will NOT be protected from the effects of this parasite, because alpacas require a higher dosage than horses.

If you are giving RX antibiotics to your alpacas, it should be at the advice of, and under the supervision of, your vet. If you seek dosage requirements from a message board and rely upon any replies you may receive, your alpacas are the ones who will pay the price if the information you receive is incorrect!

Take care,

Ph: (804)-784-4837 Fax: (804)-784-4839

Edited by - janechristie on 11/20/2006 2:09:19 PM
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The Paca Factory

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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  2:44:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit The Paca Factory's Homepage
I would think the best way to find a well qualified vet would be try and find the closest established alpaca farm to you. I believe that Dr. Cotton who actually is a fertility vet would have contact with vets in that area. I haven't heard her name mentioned much lately but I think she is from that general part of the country. I wish I knew how to get in touch with her but maybe some of the other folks that frequent AN will. Call Ohio State Large animal hospital and they may be able to give you some names of vets. But I fully agree with Heather you really need to get in touch with a vet that is familuar with alpacas. Could just be allergies or it could be serious. I've said it before my vet has said many many times said to call her when in doubt rather treat and be sorry. Blessed be my vet anyway. She is great, I wish I could share her with everyone. Linda

David & Linda Bradley
The Paca Factory
Durand, Mi.
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  10:25:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit thesilversuri's Homepage
I agree with Heather. Although the Antibiotics can be administered on an Alpaca, they would usually be used to treat a secondary bacterial infection resulting from the primary viral,ie. a cold. Not sure why you are making that leap on your own. Is there something about their condition that your gut is telling is more severe then a cold? If that is the case, try to have a vet see them.
Best wishes,

The Silver Suri
Scott & Christina Campanella
1185 West Street Road
West Chester Pa 19382
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  10:52:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Dawn's Homepage
Here are the vets that are listed on AN's vet page for GA. Hopefully one of them will be able to direct you properly. I highly recommend talking to a camelid vet before administering any medication. I don't know of one camelid vet that would tell you to treat an animal without telling you how much to give, what to give, and where to give it. I know my vet would demand to check that animal out herself before diagnosing and prescribing treatments. I wouldn't want it any other way. Good luck to you - Dawn

Bob Brewster, DVM
(706) 549-5883
165 Sun Valley Road, Athens, GA 30605

Bradford B. Smith, DVM, PhD, DVM
(706) 746-5100
220 Cathey Road, Mountain City, GA 30562

Dan Gentry, DVM
(912) 953-7297
Town & Country Animal Clinic
1241 S. Houstin Lake Road, Warner Robins, GA 31088

Jose Figueroa, DVM
(912) 953-1011
Animal Medical Hospital
201 Independence Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088

Karen Oertley-Pihera, DVM
(770) 926-5311
Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital
6410 Hwy 92, Acworth, GA 30102

Kirk Vardeman, DVM
(706) 896-4173
Hiawassee Animal Hospital
Bell Creek Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Mike Zager, DVM
(706) 632-7387
Ocoee Animal Hospital, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Melissa Fulton, DVM
(770) 227-5484
Fulton Equine Clinic
2424 Rehoboth Road, Griffin, GA 30224

Patty Barnes, DVM
(706) 745-9089
Union County Veterinary Hospital
448 Old Blue Ridge Hwy., Blairsville, GA 30512

Randy Esbeck, DVM
(770) 887-1900
1826 Canton Hwy., Cumming, GA 30040

Richard Poe, DVM
(770) 445-7300
East Paulding Animal Hospital
3041 Marietta Hwy., Dallas, GA 30157

Richard W. Stobaeus Jr. DVM - Goats, sheep
Animal Care Clinic
1403 4th Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone/Fax: (912) 264-2258 * Email:

Robert McKaig, DVM
(706) 657-7880
Dade County Animal Hospital
P.O. Box 464, Trenton, GA 30752

Scott Westmoreland, DVM
(912) 987-4811
Westmoreland Animal Hospital
100 West Park Drive (PO. Box 1423), Perry, GA 31069

Dawn Dolpp
Mada Vemi Alpacas
Axton, VA

Edited by - Dawn on 11/20/2006 10:53:52 PM
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