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Posted - 04/16/2007 :  10:59:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all
I have an import that foams at the mouth after she eats anything. Her grain, or carrots hay. I am not sure what is going on. I even took her off of grain( she is a little over weight so I know that won't hurt her) I was hoping it had something to do with it. That hasn't even worked not sure what to do from here. She seems fine other than that. Hope someone can shed some light on this.

Carrie Olson
Indianhead Alpacas


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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  12:12:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Carrie,
There are those that do that due to an overabundance of saliva. Some will do it with stomache upset.
Because she's an import, I know she's older. Because she's overweight, I'd personally rule out stomache upset, and just surmise she's a slobber queen

Rick & Pati Horn
All American Alpacas
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  03:11:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I find this post interesting because i keep on seeing alpacas foaming at the mouth and panicking, bringing them into a pen to be under observation and care and by the time they are inside they are 100% fine again.... then someone else foams a bit and i swap the animals for the same effect!

They just seem to be sitting enjoying the sun chewing their cud (i assume thats what you would call it?!) and foaming a bit hehe! I've seen the older crias doing it too.
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  07:18:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit alpacastarr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Foaming sometimes results from eating clover. Check your pastures, it's often among the first things to green up and they do love to eat it.

Venezia Dream Farm
Asheville, NC
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  11:24:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit richbye's Homepage  Send richbye a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
We have one female that foams about once a week. Drives me nutsy because she drips it on the crias. We (vet and I) have never found any reason for it. Once in a while one of the others will, but nearly as often as this girl. It seems to happen if she's been chewing her cud for a very long time....hmmmm.


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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  11:29:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit sherih's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Many alpacas will foam while they are chewing their cud. Not a problem of any kind. I have no idea why it happens but there is not a health problem. Just keep an eye out but it's probably natural behavior.

Not all alpacas do foam though.


Sheri Hewitt
Woodland Meadows, LLC
Creswell, OR
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Posted - 08/06/2007 :  3:28:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whew! Just got home and noticed one of my guys foaming... came directly to this site when I couldn't find an answer in my vet book... THANKS everyone!

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Posted - 08/12/2007 :  01:03:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found that red top clover made my alpacas foam at the mouth. I got it all out of the field and have not had another foam. So check your field and hay to see.

William Christian
Christian Farms
Metropolis, IL
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