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10/8/2018

Topic: 6-month old cria with stunted growth and zero TSH

red barn farms llc
Posts: 1
red barn farms llc
Posts: 1
Topic: 6-month old cria with stunted growth and zero TSH
My 6-mo old cria was born 9 weeks premature and weighted only 7.0 pounds. She now weighs only 30 pounds and is still very small. Today I ran thyroids on her and her TSH is zero, FT4 is 0.99 ng/dL and TT4 is 10.97mcg/dL. What do you suggest I do to kick start her thyroid?
B. Gies
9/28/2018

Topic: Popping patellas

carrageen
Posts: 3
carrageen
Posts: 3
Topic: Popping patellas
Hi Dr. Ruth,
I have a female that had a heavy girl riding her for awhile. It seems to have damaged her joints. She has been removed from that pen. You can hear the popping as she walks. She is not uncomfortable and can run to keep up with the herd. My vet Oked the use of glucosamine to add to her grain. I have used it for about a year. She is not worse but the sound is still there and sometimes the joint gets stuck and she has to work to get it unstuck. I was wondering with your experience if there is a better supplement for her.
Thanks for your time. Carol
edited by carrageen on 9/28/2018
7/30/2018

Topic: Gelded Males

sue c
Posts: 3
sue c
Posts: 3
Topic: Gelded Males
Geldings should not be kept with females as they will still attempt to breed and can cause real damage to females that way. Gelding does calm males and will help to prevent fights- it also slows the development of fighting teeth if done before those appear. I have 2 boys who Ive had gelded- one at 10 months which I now know is too young - 2nd was done at the advised age of 18 months which I personally think is a bit older than ideal but I am very pleased with the way these boys get along now. If done the best way- under IV anesthesia using same midline technique as for a pet dog- it can be pricey - $300 or so- but having it done cheaply - ie no anesthesia, no pain meds, less involved technique- is more apt to result in problems like bleeding -and is imo cruel to the alpaca. I think DIY gelding is a horrible idea- it is a surgical procedure! Have a vet do it.
edited by sue c on 10/26/2018
5/22/2018

Topic: Constipation

dreamcatcheralpacas
Posts: 1
dreamcatcheralpacas
Posts: 1
Topic: Constipation
I have a intact male about 2 1/2 yrs old that keeps going to the poop pile and nothing is happening. He dribbled a little urine, but I don't know if he can't poop or pee. Other than that he is acting fine and has his head in the hay feeder eating. Not sure what I should do, I haven't had this issue come up before. But something is definitely off.
4/23/2018

Topic: Staggers

kcfalpacas
Posts: 1
kcfalpacas
Posts: 1
Topic: Staggers
Dr. Ruth: Any latest protocol for rye grass staggers other than just remove from source?
3/6/2018

Topic: Lame Foot

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Lame Foot
My oldest girl out of the clear blue started holding up her right rear foot. Hopped on 3 legs to drink, eat, poop and roll in the dust. Examined the foot and there were no visible signs of trauma. No swelling in either toe and leg bones felt fine all the way to and around hip. No vocalizations that she was in pain. Gave shots of Banamine and B-Complex every few days. After 3 weeks of no improvement or further deterioration, one day she was down, wouldn't eat and the next day she died. First thought this was age related due to her being 15 yrs old. Has anyone ever had anything similar happen? Didn't take her to the vet because another alpaca breeder 1.5 hrs away had a 2 yr old female with the same symptoms, after numerous blood tests, exams and $700 the vet told her I don't know what's wrong, let's do more tests. Any info or insight into this would be greatly appreciated
2/20/2018

Topic: herd health

jayruss
Posts: 1
jayruss
Posts: 1
Topic: herd health
Dectomax or Ivermectin. Which is preferred?
1/2/2018

Topic: Gelded Males

melbarkley
Posts: 1
melbarkley
Posts: 1
Topic: Gelded Males
Learn to geld males yourself. We have had to learn how to do a lot of little things to keep from calling vet.hhlalpacas wrote:
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.
12/20/2017

Topic: Cria low weight gain

Lippencott Alpacas

Waynesburg, PA

Lpgaling
Posts: 1
Lippencott Alpacas

Waynesburg, PA

Lpgaling
Posts: 1
Topic: Cria low weight gain
I have a male cria born 9/13/2017. According to my calculations this put him about 3 weeks early. Looking at a list of the signs of premature birth cria he only showed a slight drooping of the ear tips. I was concerned that he did not get his colostrum as it appeared the dam was not producing milk. After several days he did show signs of nursing. His birth weight was 12.2 pounds. Today (12/20/2017) his weight is 22.6 pounds. He continues to nurse and is eating hay/grass/grain. In all observable traits he looks like a healthy cria. Because of the question regarding the colostrum he has been dosed with Bo-Se, CD&T and oral vitamin D. I'm wondering what can cause this and if there are tests we can run.
12/2/2017

Topic: Foxtail in new orchardgrass hay.

weatheredbarnwood
Posts: 1
weatheredbarnwood
Posts: 1
Topic: Foxtail in new orchardgrass hay.
20 bales of orchard grass were recently dropped of to me from a new hay supplier. I had ordered 2nd cut Timothy and he felt it was too “stemmy” so he delivered 2nd cut orchard grass. I never experienced any foxtail in Timothy and I usually only feed my girls Timothy I’m not sure if this is dangerous. It looks like yellowfoxtail and the seeds on the head are green. Is the foxtail dangerous to them? I know Hay foxtail is a big No no for horses because it causes ulcers and I imagine it’s the same for alpacas.. Thanks!!!
10/9/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Gelded Males
hhlalpacas wrote:
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.



OK, that's my dilemma. Thank you for your response I appreciate it.
10/9/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Gelded Males
katy holland wrote:
That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.



Thank you for your response! I appreciate it.
10/6/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

hhlalpacas
Posts: 1
hhlalpacas
Posts: 1
Topic: Gelded Males
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.
10/5/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

katy holland
Posts: 9
katy holland
Posts: 9
Topic: Gelded Males
That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.
10/2/2017

Topic: Sand Clear

maryogilvie
Posts: 4
maryogilvie
Posts: 4
Topic: Sand Clear
Live on very sandy soil and would like to know how much Sand Clear to add to the feed and how often. Thanks
9/4/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Gelded Males
I have 11 intact Suri males plus 2 new male crias. I've been reading about gelded males and most of what I've been able to find says that gelding them improves their fleece quality and personalities. Does anyone have any gelded males and what is your opinion/experience on this subject? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
edited by gregc on 9/4/2017
6/29/2017

Topic: Female won't eat supplement

Guest

We have a lactating female with two week old cria that in the last two days has refused to eat supplement. Before that she had a very good appetite. We have tried three different kinds of supplement ( Southern States pellets and SS pellets with oats and corn and Mazuri Dr Evans alpaca feed). She does eat some hay and some pasture grass, but will only smell the supplements. We have also tried using different feed buckets. Any suggestions?
6/9/2017

Topic: flies etc

Alpacas By Choice

Penrose, CO

Alpacas By Choice
Posts: 1
Alpacas By Choice

Penrose, CO

Alpacas By Choice
Posts: 1
Topic: flies etc
Dr. Ruth, A product called insect shield for dogs with 0.52% Permethrin the other 99.48%is the actual Neck Gaiter. Work for Alpacas or not? wraps around neck. Kills flies mosquitos ticks fleas.
6/7/2017

Topic: Down Male

katy holland
Posts: 9
katy holland
Posts: 9
Topic: Down Male
Did you have a necropsy done on him? I'm thinking it could have been a meningeal worm? Just a thought?
4/3/2017

Topic: Fungus

maryogilvie
Posts: 4
maryogilvie
Posts: 4
Topic: Fungus
We have an alpaca ranch in East Texas. The past winter was very wet and mild and we live in a forest. Just finished shearing last Thursday and a number of are alpacas had fungus issues. The vet has advised us to use one cup of bleach in a gallon of water; and also suggested using power that is recommended for fungus on roses. If you could let me know you thoughts or recommendations I would greatly appreciate it. Most of the fungus is located on legs and stomach areas. thank you