Camelid Care

This consists of all new world camelids (alpacas, llamas, vicunas and guanacos) and old world camelids (Bactrian and Dromedary camels).  

 

There is a growing population of alpacas and llamas in this area and we are pleased to be able to offer our care. We offer routine, surgical, reproductive, sick and emergency services for these wonderful but challenging creatures.

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Vaccinations & Deworming

Regular vaccinations, treatments, and deworming can help protect your farm animal from getting and spreading many harmful diseases. During their annual exam, these will always be recommended. Since every animal requires different treatment based on their lifestyle, we will discuss what vaccines and dewormers are best for them at the time of their appointment.

 

If you have any questions regarding vaccinations and dewormers for camelids, give us a call during normal business hours and we'd be happy to help!

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Wellness Exams
& Herd Checks 

Annual wellness exams are fundamental in maintaining long-term health for your companions. Routine vaccinations, maintenance lab work, parasite prevention, nutrition plans are just some of the key topics discussed in yearly checkups. 

What to expect:

Whether they are a farm companion, a production animal, or a full herd, you can expect a well-rounded, thorough assessment of your animal's general health. Your vet will also provide insight and answers to any questions and/or concerns you may have. Our staff is trained to use techniques involving low stress and positive reward in order for you and your animals to have the most positive experience possible. Depending on our client
s' needs, we offer care at our clinic or farm calls where we provide ambulatory services.

General Condition

Your vet will begin by assessing your animal's general condition -- from body weight, to coat and skin health, to any obvious lumps or other abnormalities. They will then discuss these findings with you and go over any specific concerns you might have.

Nose-to-tail Exam

Your doctor will then go ahead with what we call, a "nose-to-tail" exam. This includes a thorough, hands-on exam of your animal. They will begin by looking at their eyes, ears, mouth, and nose for any discharge, growths, signs of disease, excessive plaque, and/or any other abnormalities.

Next, they will move on to internal health. Lymph nodes will be examined for any signs of swelling or pain. Their abdomen will be assessed as well to check for any abnormalities in the internal structures. The vet will also determine if there are any issues regarding their heart or lungs by listening to them in a resting position. 

Vaccinations and Testing

Once your vet has ensured your animal is healthy enough handle annual/semi-annual vaccinations, those will be administered gently and efficiently. We will also recommend testing their fecal for intestinal parasites and putting them on a regular deworming schedule based on their results. Regular blood testing is always recommended during annual visits, especially in our senior patients. This allows us to stay ahead of any possible diseases or abnormalities and possibly provide treatment before it becomes a problem.

 

Wellness Plans

Before your visit is over, your vet will go over any necessary wellness plans based on your animal's assessment. This may include dietary instructions, regular medications and/or therapies, any necessary recheck appointments or referrals for further treatment, and any other general advice they might have. 

 
 
 

Surgical Procedures

The thought of your companion having surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many animal owners. Our compassionate veterinary team is trained to make sure that they are well cared for from the moment you drop them off, until you pick them back up. Whether your animal needs minor surgery or a complex procedure, our surgical services can benefit your pet and possibly even save their life. Before surgery day, we will do any necessary testing and treatments in order to ensure your goat has the best possible outcome. On surgery day, our goal is to provide you and your animal with a stress-free, safe, and successful experience. 

Common surgeries we offer to our camelid patients:

  • Reproductive issues

  • Standard castrations

  • Cryporchid castrations

  • Laceration repair

  • Mass removals

  • Minor joint trauma repair

**If your animal requires a surgery or procedure that goes beyond our physical and/or technical capabilities, we will refer you to Auburn University Veterinary Clinic.

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Pregnancy Diagnosis and Monitoring

Throughout your animal’s pregnancy, we’ll schedule frequent checkups to monitor the animal’s health and gestation progress.

 

Planned and Emergent C-Sections

Between our dedicated staff and services, we are fully equipped to provide emergency births and c-sections.

Reproduction
 

To make the most of your livestock investment, breeding and reproduction are very important. However, breeding farm animals without a veterinarian’s expertise definitely comes with risks. At Northwest Florida Animal Clinic, our veterinarians are trained to help you keep your animals happy and healthy throughout their reproductive process.

Reproductive Examination 

Whether you are purchasing an animal to breed, have one that is already bred, or have one that is struggling to breed, our doctors can evaluate the soundness of your animal's reproductive system and help you understand all of your options. It is always important to understand whether your animal is healthy enough to conceive and to undergo a pregnancy before breeding. We can provide you with advice for achieving your desired results and making the most out of your animal’s reproductive cycle.

Our vets will assess your female animals to properly time their ovulation cycles and identify their windows of fertility for the most successful assisted insemination outcomes. 

 

We offer many other services for our camelid patients. 

These include but are not limited to...

  • Blood transfusions

  • Nutrition and body condition plans

  • Microchipping

  • Pre-purchase exams

  • Dystocia Care

  • Pain management

  • Tagging/tattooing

  • Hoof trims

Call today if you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment for your camelid

 

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