Like all ruminants alpaca are susceptible to a number of internal parasites. These are similar to the internal parasites found in sheep and cattle including round worms, whip worms, tapeworms and liver fluke. This means alpacas who share grazing with cattle and sheep are susceptible to picking up infection from their faeces too. One worm that can be potentially life threatening to alpacas is called Barber’s pole of Hameonchus. Barber’s pole is a worm
What is Facial Eczema?
Alpaca are very susceptible to facial eczema, even more so than sheep and cattle! So what is Facial eczema? Facial eczema is a common and potentially dangerous disease that is common in the North island during the summer and autumn months.
It is a disease caused by the ingestion of spores produced by a fungus called Pithomyces Chartarum. The spores can be found in pasture, especially in the dead leaf litter,
Parasite Treatment: Living in the Bay of Plenty brings with it stunning weather (for the most part!) and ideal conditions for all manner of plants to grow in abundance. However with such warm and moist weather, young stock need to eat a lot of grass to meet their growing requirements and will be exposed to “Plenty of Worms” so to speak. These internal parasites do a lot of damage to young animals in particular,
Equine melanomas are a common occurrence for older grey horses and ponies . “Whiskey”, a 25 year old grey pony had numerous dermal melanomas which had been present for a number of years. Dermal (or skin) melanoma’s, present as black masses and commonly occur under the tail, around the anus, in the scrotum and on the face. Dermal melanomas in older grey horses are unlikely to be malignant, however melanomas in non grey horses
Facial eczema is caused by a toxin produced by the spores of a fungus growing on pasture. When ingested by cattle and sheep, the toxin damages the liver and bile ducts.
The damaged liver cannot rid the body of wastes and a breakdown product of chlorophyll builds up in the blood causing sensitivity to sunlight, which in turn causes inflammation of the skin.
The resulting liver damage can severely affect their welfare, affect production and fertility
Everyone loves puppies and kittens.. but the first year sure is a busy one! We’ve put together a few pointers to help you get started.
Vaccinations are extremely important and protect against diseases that can be fatal. At a vaccination appointment, puppies and kittens receive a full health check and they are also checked for heart disease, hip dysplasia, knee abnormalities, hernia’s, retained baby teeth, undershot/overshot jaws and retained testicles! You will also be given
Vaccinations protect against infectious and potentially life threatening diseases. It can be difficult to know what your pets should be vaccinated against, and when you should vaccinate. Below is a brief summary to help you out:
Puppies and kittens
Kittens and Puppies usually need a series of three vaccinations to establish a good level of immunity. The final vaccination is given when your pet is about 14 – 16 weeks of age.
Adult cats and dogs
Adult cats and
A story about poisonous plants and Milo McColl; a 4 week old lamb who was bottle fed and kept in back garden……
A recent case I saw illustrates the problems and dangers of unknown plant ingestion by young ruminants. I picked up an early morning call from a worried owner. Her 4 week old pet lamb was “frothing at the mouth and falling over”. It had me rushing in to our Te Puna clinic
Pigs make great pets but they have their own specific challenges.
They should be handled quietly. Small pigs can be picked up to aid restraint but bigger animals may need a crate and backing board to work with them. A snubbing rope can be used by an experienced handler.
One of the most important things is to provide adequate shelter that is well ventilated and dry underfoot. Always ensure there is water available. Pigs cannot cool themselves
Worming: All horses require management to prevent worm burdens. Understanding the lifecycles and different kinds of worms will aid in preventing these burdens. Anthelmintic (worming treatment) resistance is growing so it is important to make informed decisions when treating our horses.
Horses generally become infected with worms, or endoparasites, directly when they graze and consume the worm larvae living in the grass. A typical roundworm lifecycle is known as a direct life cycle. Adults