Keeping Camelids

Many of our vets have had extensive experience in camelid medicine and surgery and are able to offer advice on all aspects of camelid care from the individual sick animal to routine flock treatment. More complicated cases can be referred to Gayle Hallowell from Nottingham University who has a wealth of experience with camelids.

Worming

Camelids are not well adapted to intensive grazing and temperate climates, and to the parasite burden that this incurs. They are more susceptible to parasitic disease than sheep and this must be taken into account when co-grazing the two species. Frequency of worming and product to use depends on several factors including location, stocking density and cleanliness of pasture. Worm egg counts can be done to ascess parasite burdens and based on these we can develop a worming program suitable for your flock.

TB in Camelids

Camelids can contract and spread several cattle diseases including BVDV (bovine viral diarrhoea virus), Johne’s and TB. Camelids are not subject to routine TB testing in England at the moment so the extent of TB infection is unknown. The test we use in cattle is less reliable in camelids but there is a blood test available. Biosecurity is of upmost importance in control of the disease as with cattle.

Vaccination

We advise that all camelids are routinely vaccinated against clostridial diseases which include tetanus. This comprises a primary course followed by six monthly boosters.

Routine surgical procedures

Castration is the most common routine surgical procedure we carry out. We advise that this is done at around 18months of age. This can be carried out either in the hospital or at home depending on your facilities.

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