Monday, 28 September 2009
At the moment we have three pregnant ladies who should / could "collaps" every minute. Maybe the most difficult for us with a very busy life (as a vet) to keep an eye on these girls.
The little boy with the FTT is a little better after 2 iron injections and every day injection with an NSAID (Non steroid Anti Inflammentory Drug). This is also against the pain. We saw him standing / scraping his teeth.... - an indication of pain. I (Leo) suspect him also that he has developed some stomach-ulcers... I didn't treat him for it. First see what the other injections will do.
Had some serious questions about buying alpacas last few days... We did mention some farms, but I get the notice that my advice is doing nothing, ha, ha... We have no interess in selling our own animals at this moment (or you must be interested in some Coburger Fuchs sheep, ha, ha...).
So again: Our advice is freely and independent! We don't get any money from any alpacafarm. We don't have any benifit from our advice. We like to help people to get a really "good start" with their new herd. You can ask us for free for advice (for us it is just a hobby with an huge H - an expression of Marieke). But certainly it is your decision from who you will buy the alpacas. I hope you don't make the same mistakes as we did when we started... It is remarkeble to see that so many people in Holland wants to buy quality alpacas.
Makes it more difficult for us to win some prices in the future, ha, ha....!
We sent Lysanders (our "super" future stud) fleece to germany for a show. We will see. I'll keep you informed.
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Friday, 18 September 2009
Photo: Bloodsamples taken of an alpaca suspected of FTT Bata4en - Vet - Lab. (micr. 10 x 40)
As a mentioned before: There are a lot of immunoproblems in alpacas. You can categorise them in three groups:
- IDS / Immunodeficiency syndrome
- FPT / Failure of Passive Transfer (see article IgG)
- FTT / Failure to Thrive
The last; FTT was new for me. But now I have such an animal in my own herd.
The symptoms. The cria is growing normally til the moment of weaning. After that period the cria will loose weight. Most owners think it is because of the weaning. IgG-levels are mostly in a normal range (above 800 mg/dl). Futher studies on bloodlevels give a very low rate of iron and an anemic animal (very low RBC / red blood cel count). When the IgG level is low the prognosis is almost infaust - or at least very bad...
Most of them (but not all) will have very low thyroxine levels in their blood.
It is often first noticed at an age of 6 months. The alpaca is staying behind in growth. It is recommended that a treatment is started immidiatly after diagnosed.
Ironinjections / every 7 - 10 days.
T4 - supplement (orally) hormons
Hyperimmuneplasma should be administred
Multivitamins and selenium in feeding
Prognose 30 - 40% of the animals will die. It seems to be NON - hereditary! Females who will recover have normal crias.
We can test your animals within several minutes for their IgG Hematocriet and T4 levels. Let us know when you expect such a problem... You can also ask your vet to contact us.
Many greetings and a nice day to you,
LeoMail the alpaca-vet
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Today we picked up three girls. They were at alpaca farm Carpe Diem for matings.... Yvonne and Jan showed us some sons of Chieftain (a australian stud which is own by a former Dutchman Michiel de Reeper). One of them was really great. Only 3 months old and standing as a real CHIEF.
I hope the girls are pregnant! One of the litte cria is becoming really great... Her father is Classical Ikon. Personally I wasn't charmed by this stud, but Marieke made a good desission with Ikon.
Yvonne and Jan - thank you for taking good care of our girls.
On the photo: Last cria born (with floppy ears). It is sign of "early birth". Plasma should be used - Ask for the newsletter for more information.
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Sunday, 6 September 2009
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Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Ha, ha... It was beautifull. But they were closed!? So we were send away after going through the fence / gate. Nobody could own these forces from such an object. STUPID...
Very beautifull. You will pass it while going over the A303 in south of England. We did when collecting the alpacas last week.
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So we did!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
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