York Animal Hospital is committed to the health of your llamas and alpacas. Good preventative care programs include regular physical examinations, fecal examinations, vaccinations, deworming, as well as, pasture maintenance, and nutrition.
It is absolutely essential to the newborn’s health to ensure adequate colostrum intake with the first 2-4 hours of life in order to promote adequate passive transfer of maternal antibodies. Crias should stand within 1 hour of birth and start to nurse within 2 hours of birth. If they are not nursing tube feeding colostrum must be considered. The cria’s navel should be dipped at birth with iodine or chlorhexidine solution and repeated the next day.
For adults, the major medical concerns are heat stress, intestinal parasites, meningeal worm, and breeding/birthing difficulties. An annual physical examination and semiannual fecal examination allow an overall assessment of health.