Health and Care

Information on camelid health for llamas and alpacas, including Vitamin D and bone development, skin diseases and eating problems, hepatic lipidosis, and urinary blockage. Tips on biosecurity, determining forage quality and body condition scoring.

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Inquiries on Skin Diseases and Eating Problems
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Inquiries on Skin Diseases and Eating Problems

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Learn about skin diseases and eating problems in camelids. More
Urinary Blockage in Llamas and Alpacas
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Urinary Blockage in Llamas and Alpacas

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

A brief explanation of urolithiasis, predisposing factors, and health implications. More
Where’d the Sun Go? Vitamin D and Bone Development
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Where’d the Sun Go? Vitamin D and Bone Development

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

This article explains the benefits of vitamin D in bone development in llamas and alpacas and the relationship to rickets in growing crias. More
Determining Forage Quality: Understanding Feed Analysis
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Learn how to use feed analysis to determine forage quality, and exactly what feeding a high quality forage means. More
Therapy and Prevention of Hepatic Lipidosis in Llamas and Alpacas
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Treatment of llamas and alpacas with hepatic lipidosis and feeding management methods to lower the risk for this disease. More
Recognizing Hepatic Lipidosis in Llamas and Alpacas
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Recognizing Hepatic Lipidosis in Llamas and Alpacas

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

This publication explains hepatic lipidosis including its causes, how to diagnose it early, and methods for treatment and prevention. More
Hepatic Lipidosis in Camelids
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Hepatic Lipidosis in Camelids

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

A brief look into the pathogenicity and prevalence of hepatic lipidosis among camelids. More
Body Condition Scoring of Llamas and Alpacas
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Body Condition Scoring of Llamas and Alpacas

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Body condition scoring (BCS) using a 5-point scoring system is an easy and effective way to determining an animal’s fat stores and long-term energy balance. More
Composting Animal Mortalities Composting Animal Mortalities - Articles

Composting Animal Mortalities

David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. More
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture - Articles

Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture

Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The first of a two part series about agroterrorism More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions
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Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk at Livestock Exhibitions. More
Biosecurity Overview
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Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
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A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions
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Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of effective measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
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Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
Llama and Alpaca Research Opportunities
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Llama and Alpaca Research Opportunities

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Research opportunities regarding cria growth for both llamas and alpacas. More
Problems Following Grain Consumption
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Problems Following Grain Consumption

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

A response to a question about a llama that frequently regurgitates his food after eating; possible explanations and details issues related to grain consumption. More
How Well are They Growing
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How Well are They Growing

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Learn about camelid growth, growth requirements, growth curves, and proper data collection. Readers may submit growth data for their own camelid(s). More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
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Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Picture by permission of Greg Brann, NRCS, Grazing Soil Health Specialist
Keeping Animals Healthy - Articles Articles

Keeping Animals Healthy

Melanie Barkley

Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them. More
Winter Time Farm Planning
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Winter Time Farm Planning

Melanie Barkley

Right now as I look outside the window, the snow is flying and the sun is trying to peak through the clouds. It is very cold and I would much rather be inside where I am warm. More
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach
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Biosecurity - A Practical Approach

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Biosecurity is a set of practices employed to prevent the importation of infectious organisms into a herd or flock, and their transmission between animals. More