Annual vaccinations for llamas and alpacas are recommended and should be given in the spring.
- C&D Toxoid Vaccination - For prevention of over eating disease caused by clostridium perfringens that multiply and produce deadly toxins in the digestive tract when there is an abrupt change in feed sources or quantities of feed fed (especially high energy rich feeds including grain supplements, legume hays or grass pastures). This vaccine can be obtained in a combination with tetanus toxoid.
- Tetanus Toxoid Vaccination - To prevent "lock jaw" caused by clostridium tetani introduced through cuts, puncture wounds or accidental shearing lacerations.
- Rabies Vaccination - To prevent rabies caused by bites from infected animals such as skunks, foxes, coyotes or bats.
Most vaccines are given initially in a two dose regiment about 30 days apart. Young lambs and kids can have their first vaccinations at three months of age. All vaccines need to be boostered yearly.
Prevention of Meningeal Worms in Llamas and Alpacas
Paralysis can be caused by the meningeal worm which is a life threatening parasite in llamas and alpacas. A common intestinal parasite of white tail deer, it is contracted through ingestion of snails or slugs in pastures that deer have inhabited.
It is essential to utilize a monthly dosing of ivermectin to prevent llamas and alpaca from being infested with migrating meningeal worm larva.
Monthly treatments may be given by injection or orally at a dosage of one milliliter per one hundred pounds of body weight. This treatment will also rid the animal of internal intestinal parasites. This can be verified by having a fecal sample tested in our laboratory one week after treatment is administered.