Alpacas/Llamas

Britain is home to the largest population of Alpacas and Llamas in Europe, we therefore provide a broad range of services and understand the need to provide good quality veterinary care. 

Housing

Alpacas and Llamas are docile animals and pleasant when accustomed to being handled.

They are normally kept at pasture all year round with access to shelter; they will happily live alongside sheep, cattle and horses. The animals are naturally herd based and therefore should not be kept in isolation, they may become aggressive and spit.

An area of hard standing is desirable to assist wearing of the nails.

Fresh drinking water should be available at all times, they are fastidious and will refuse to drink polluted water.

 

Feeding

Hay and grass should supply all their needs.

Concentrates should only be used during periods of need e.g. pregnancy, lactation.

If a too rich diet is provided, this will lead to obesity, fertility problems and liver disease.

 

Vaccination

The practice offers a vaccination programme for clostridial disease 

1st vaccination - 4-6 weeks of age

2nd vaccination - 2-3 weeks after

This is followed by an annual booster

Pregnant females should receive a booster approximately 6 weeks before giving birth