we live in Michigan. So we have up and down weather. Been low on hay once in a while give beet pulp and alfafa pellets, till hay comes in usually no longer than 4 days at a time. They are kept in barn thru out the winter. He is 4 years old. He cannot get up and now has taken to laying on his side with legs out. get him back to cushing and later he is on side. with help we try to get him on his legs and walk but he is up for 2 minutes then goes down again.
Update just went to check on him at 1 am and he was down on his side head down in the dirt. Tried to get him up but to no avail he would not put weight on legs front or back. Put him on a bail of hay and worked his legs and he did try to fight back a little. Kept curling his head back or dropping it to the ground. He did eat, would not drink, left him on bail for 1/2 hour til he dropped himself down. we put him in cush position and he is still up eating with head up and it is 3 am. please reply with answer soon I am afraid he might not make it thru the night. He does have 2 others with him in stall to keep him company but it seems he is giving up. and he did get his last dose of safeguard while out there. Don't know if we should continue the safeguard or try something else. Don't know if it is Mengilial worm or rabies or polio.
btw- U should know that we lost 2 other males from the same symtoms the first lived 8 days with the safeguard treatment and the other just started to show the stiff leg that night and by morning he was dead. This has all come down in the last 2 weeks, losing one a week. I have a barn of 13 alpaca, 1 llama, a horse, 2 goats (that are penned in barn away from alpaca) and chickens and ducks (that are free to roam in barn).
can u give me something to look for? a likelyhood of what the problem may be? I know you cant make a true statement without assessing the animals yourself but I dont want to lose anymore animals and having them die so suddenly like this without any real warning is heartbreaking as I have mentioned I know of no alpaca vets close to call for treatment. We thought it was menengial worm but how can 3 find slugs that are contanminated and die. When we started proper treatment as soon as unset occurred and they get ivermec.
It has to be something that is spreadable for so many to get it so fast. Polio may be the problem and is treatable with thiamine and b12 but where do I buy these at?
Don't know about the rabies part just a thought. Also could it be fatty liver diease. With just beet pulp at night and grain 2x's a day when they were finished they had nothing to munch til feedings again. I was not told about this problem til 2 days ago or I would have made sure to get hay or cubes to eat thru out.
I am new to the alpaca farming as this is my 2 year but haven't had problems til now.
thank you for your honesty that is what I expect not what I want to hear as that does not help me in finding a problem. i will be calling a vet to help get some answers but thank you.