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Paca Pearls

October 17th, 2012

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October 17th, 2012

As the name suggests, this ailment rots away the skin (and sometimes the underlying tissue) of the foot of an alpaca, frequently concentrating in the area between the toes.  It can be extremely painful and it is contagious. Foot Rot can … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

On the cold, damp spring mornings that we commonly experience here in the Pacific Northwest it is not uncommon for some of us to be a little slow to get moving. We feel pain, swelling or stiffness in our joints … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

Body condition scoring is a critical part of health management – whether it is a herd of alpacas, goats, sheep, or cats. Body condition scoring is a subjective measure of the amount of muscle and fat that an animal is … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

Coccidia can be a challenge to treat in alpacas due to their very sensitive nature – especially when it comes to taste! Treatments for Coccidia include Corid (Amprolium) in either pelleted or liquid form, Albon (Sulfa antibiotics), and Marquis (Ponazuril). … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

PSVNG Maintenance grain is fed at 1/2 lb per day per 150 pounds of body weight. If you feed twice a day, which is recommended for better absorption of nutrients, divide the daily amount in half. PSVNG Lactation & Cria … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

As Dr. Scott and Dr. Jackie say, getting enough “groceries” in a cria is critical, especially in the first few days. Once a cria’s weight and overall health begins to wane, it is difficult and costly to get them back … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

Barber Pole Worms, Whipworms, and Thin-necked Worms, Oh My! In the past month we have seen the emergence of issues with internal parasites. One that has made its presence known is Haemonchus contortus (the Barber Pole Worm). This particular worm … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

Is beautiful hay nutritious hay? The answer is not necessarily.  Purchasing hay for the year is one of the larger expenditures for alpaca owners/breeders.   To ensure that your investment is a sound one, we recommend having it tested, at a … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

Heat stress is primarily a concern during the summer and early fall months, but it can occur at any time during the year given the right conditions.    Signs of heat stress include nasal flaring, open-mouthed breathing, increased breathing rate and/or … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

How many alpacas can be kept on one acre? When researching, ten seems to be the high average. But, why? Reason #1 – Pasture, pasture, pasture: Pasture is critical to alpacas’ diet. Quite simply, if there are too many animals … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

For years PSVG has offered our dairy clients “Herd Health” services. With a Herd Health program, a veterinarian is prescheduled for farm calls with frequency being determined by herd size. The entire herd is visually evaluated and animals ‘in need’ … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

The holidays are a time for family, fun and food. And we hope that you enjoy your holiday meals… but please make sure that your animals do not! Human foods can be harmful, and even fatal, to our four-legged friends, … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

It’s hard to believe with all of this beautiful sunny weather, but Fall is upon us and it is time to start getting our herds ready for the wet weather! When it is cold and dark, external parasites, specifically lice, … Continue reading

October 17th, 2012

It is sometimes difficult to detect toxic weeds in a pasture because the alpacas are eating them down as quickly as they are growing. This is an excellent reason to rotate pasture space. Being able to clearly see a few … Continue reading