Anemia
 



 

     Anemia occurs when the red blood cell count is extremely low and results in a variety of symptoms, including weight loss, lack of energy and damage to the organs. If left untreated, anemia in camelids can also cause death.

     Check for a lot of weight loss, loss of pink color under the eyelids, and pale gums.

     If you animal is prone to anemia, any stress such as moving from location to location, parasites, or even birthing and nursing a cria can bring on anemic episodes.

     In cases of anemia, your animal can be tested for Mycoplasma haemolamae which is a toxin that causes anemia in llamas and alpacas.  Mycoplasma haemolamae destroys the red blood cells - a serious disease that can cause death.  See more about Mycoplasma haemolaemae here.

     Your llama or alpaca may need a blood transfusion to help boost its red blood cells and increase its immune reactions.

     Feeding your llama iron supplements, such as iron dextran will increase the red blood cell count.  Also a product called Red Cell, a supplement meant for large farm animals to help treat iron.

 

 


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