Alpacas are very stoic animals and do not show their illnesses very readily. Many times, by the time you realize something is wrong, it is REALLY wrong. The most important advice is to KNOW your alpaca’s individual personality and behavior. I am happy to share my knowledge in the day to day caring of alpacas and can teach some signs to watch for and some quick steps to assess the situation and quick action. I will be happy to demonstrate how to trim hooves, check teeth, give oral medication, shots, take temperatures, weigh an alpaca, check eyes, catch, halter and lead an alpaca. I will also show ways to clean your barn and pasture and help you come up with a solution to dispose of manure and recommendations for parasite control.
I will also help you establish a method for setting up records to record all vital health information on your alpacas.
There are programs for this, however, if you do not want to go this route, a notebook or computer can be set up for this. These services are free to anyone purchasing or boarding an alpaca. If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us.